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This Sephardi Jew sees preserving Ladino as ‘act of resistance’ against Trump
One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach hi...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda
NEW YORK — The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incomi...
Mar 23, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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If at first you don’t succeed, add it to the Wall of Rejection
Admitting defeat is the first step to accepting rejection. But what if you get rejected again — and again? On college campuses, the competitive nature to strive to be the best outweighs the reality...
Mar 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris
Though he may be one of France’s best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his “Purim puppets.” A former tailor’s ap...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel
TEL AVIV — Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of paperwork....
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celebrating 10 years, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews
NEW YORK — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over t...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel
RAANANA, Israel — Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the sc...
Mar 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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J Street in the age of Trump
WASHINGTON — The reality of Donald Trump’s presidency loomed over J Street’s policy conference this week, but J Street leadership and participants at the conference stuck to the dovish, pro-Israel ...
Mar 02, 2017 | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Middle East big topic at JCPA gathering
WASHINGTON — There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the admin...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a ‘healthy competition’
TEL AVIV — Noah Roth likes to recall two moments from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a whit...
Mar 02, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs February 24
Chilean official: ‘Israelite’ tourists cannot be barred, can be expelled from hostels A senior official of an entity tied to the Chilean government threatened Israeli tourists after a group was rem...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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French Jewish scholar’s hate speech trial leaves anti-racism activists bitter, divided
The hate speech trial of a prominent French historian charged with calling Arabs innately anti-Semitic is dividing French Jews and sowing dissent within the local equivalent of the Anti-Defamation ...
Feb 23, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Holocaust tourism’ is probed in a compelling documentary
NEW YORK — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if they are in a place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any t...
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Israel’s Argentinian Jews honor Alberto Nisman and demand justice
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
NAHARIYA, Israel — On the morning of July 18, 1994, Hana Cohen headed from her apartment to the nearby AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires to run an errand. Edith Szerman Kogos walked to a bank a fe...
Trump and his inaugural signal major shifts
by George Altshuler, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Kenneth Manny, a veteran of the Vietnam War, flew up from Florida the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration because he’d grown exasperated with business as usual in Washington. ...
In Israel, religious single moms gain greater acceptance
by Jennifer Richler, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — When Alexandra Benjamin was pregnant recently with her son, she went shopping for appliances for her new apartment in Jerusalem. At the store, the religious salesman asked about her hus...
Obamacare repeal effort sends jitters through Jewish service groups
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — Before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit organized local doctors to provide free care to Jews who lacked health insurance. The Detroit ag...
After bomb threats, FBI to coordinate with JCCs in ‘new reality’
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security is assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day. On Wednesday last week...
Is Europe’s jihadist problem generating empathy toward Israel?
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
Is terrorism softening European attitudes toward Israel? When a Palestinian terrorist used a car to ram and kill an Israeli soldier in eastern Jerusalem in 2014, the European Union urged “restraint...
Globe Briefs January 13
by JTA reports
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
House overwhelmingly approves resolution slamming UN and Obama The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly agreed to condemn a U.N. Security Council anti-settlements resolution and the Obama a...
Left-hander Jeremy Bleich hoping to lead Israel to WBC success
by Jon Marks, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
If you’ve never heard of Jeremy Bleich, you’re not alone. After all, it’s been a while since the New Orleans product — who was an All-American left-hander at Stanford University — became a first-ro...
Orthodox rabbis join opposition to ‘death with dignity’
by Justin Katz, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
The District of Columbia is one step away from becoming the seventh jurisdiction in the country to pass a medically assisted suicide measure. Despite growing acceptance of medically assisted suicid...
Israel’s economy expected to slow in 2017
by Justin Katz, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
Israel’s economy hummed along in 2016 with an impressive estimated economic growth rate of 3.5 percent. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, “this year has been an outlier,” said Avi Weiss, executi...