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Boston-area teen assists those in need

Boston-area teen assists those in need

WASHINGTON — Adopted from China as infants, Maxine Harvey and her younger sister, Talia, were taught the importance of giving back by their adoptive mother.

“It was instilled in us at such a young age that I thought it’s what you’re supposed to do,” said Harvey, 18.

For as long as she can remember, Harvey said her family would collect items at their annual Chanukah party and donate them to local families in need.

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Israel: the most vegans per capita

Israel: the most vegans per capitaTEL AVIV — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant Nanuchka, saw a television news report about factory farming. Then everything changed. Abhorred by how animals are treated in industrial meat and dairy production, Shrier stripped all the animal products...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:16 )

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Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, future

Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, futureJERUSALEM is arguably the world’s most complex city. It is a place of sanctity for three faiths; a site of antiquity; home to a diverse population; and capital of a nation with an ancient heritage and forward-looking vision. Reconciling the myriad challenges this multi-faceted city presents might seem daunting, if not completely overwhelming. However, for Jerusalem Transportation Masterplan (JTM), what began as a formidable task — creating a new transportation system that would complement t...

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 13:23 )

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Stitching history from the Holocaust

Stitching history from the HolocaustWASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker who with her husband, Paul, attempted to immigrate to the US on the eve of the Holocaust. The exhibit has its roots in a December, 1939 letter sent by Paul to his cousins in Milwaukee asking them to help seek permission for...
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Who requires what for conversion?

ORTHODOX Number of converts: Unknown. Over the last seven years, approximately 1,275 conversions have been certified by conversion courts affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America, but plenty of Orthodox conversions take place outside the RCA’s system. Ritual: Approval by a three-judge religious court comprised of three Orthodox men (usually rabbis), male circumcision (or, for circumcised men, symbolic drawing of blood at the place of circumcision) and ritual immersion in a mikvah. ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 09:22 )

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Museum turns Nazi-looted painting to wall to raise money for restitution

Marcy Oster The Wiesbaden Museum has hung the 19th century painting backwards, in a bid to raise public awareness and also the $118,000 it needs to buy the painting from its rightful heirs, ... [Link]

Israeli police kill suspect in Temple Mount activist assassination attempt

Marcy Oster The suspect, identified as Muataz Hijazi, an operative for the terror group Islamic Jihad, spent 10 years in Israeli prison for past involvement in terror activities. ... [Link]

Israel closes Temple Mount to Muslims, Jews after attempted assassination

Marcy Oster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the closure of the holy site hours after Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was shot at close range outside of the Begin Center in Jerusalem, a “... [Link]

Israeli, U.S. national security advisers meet amid tensions

Ron Kampeas The U.S. and Israeli national security advisers will meet, demonstrating an “unprecedented level of security cooperation,” the White House said. ... [Link]

Malala Yousafzai gives $50K to Gaza school reconstruction

Anthony Weiss Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai announced that she would donate $50,000 in prize money to a United Nations agency to rebuild damaged schools in Gaza. ... [Link]

Jewish group wants Netanyahu attacker ‘held to account’

Ron Kampeas A major Jewish American policy group called on the White House to “hold to account” an anonymous official who slurred Benjamin Netanyahu, while another declared the matter closed. ... [Link]

SodaStream to shut West Bank factory

Marcy Oster The manufacturer of home soft drink machines, a target of the BDS movement after it recruited Scarlett Johansson as a spokeswoman, said closing the factory would result in a $9 million savings in prod... [Link]

Temple Mount activist seriously injured in Jerusalem shooting

Marcy Oster Rabbi Yehuda Glick, head of the Temple Mount Faithful organization, was shot three times in the chest and stomach in an apparent assassination attempt. ... [Link]

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