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Monir Ludin, an experienced navigator of detours, arrives 20 minutes before his friend Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, whose bike route is compromised by construction on 13th Ave.

The 56-year-old Muslim is no stranger to obstacles, whether religious, political, geographical or societal.

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Real estate lawyer leaves big footsteps in Jewish and secular charities

Real estate lawyer leaves big footsteps in Jewish and secular charitiesRob Kaufmann is a stand-up guy — literally and figuratively. Literally, since he’s more of a stander than a sitter. The work surfaces in his lofty corner office at Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck are all chest-high and the only chairs in sight are clearly meant for visitors.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:17 )

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Brandeis' Jonathan Sarna: Academic rock star

Brandeis' Jonathan Sarna: Academic rock starWALTHAM, MASS. — When Jonathan Sarna was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1999 at the age of 44, it changed his life. Already a highly regarded historian at Brandeis University, Sarna was in the midst of writing his study of American Jewish history when he realized with alarm that he might never finish it. He underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Though he didn’t know it at the time, doctors gave him a one-in-five chance of surviving....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2016 14:49 )

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Where synagogues become condos

Where synagogues become condosNEW YORK — If there’s one story that sums up the changes afoot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a once heavily Jewish neighborhood, it’s the saga surrounding the Anshei Meseritz synagogue. The Orthodox shul at 415 E. Sixth St. is a relic of a time when “tenement” synagogues — so named for the narrow lots they inhabited — filled the neighborhood. But in recent years, faced with a shrinking membership, the congregation had been searching for a way to stay afloat. Its salvation ...
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Photographing survivors before it's too late

Photographing survivors before it's too lateJohn Pregulman knows that the subjects of his photographs are in that stage of life sometimes poetically referred to as the “twilight years.” The subjects themselves — Holocaust survivors — are only too aware that the dusk is deepening, which is likely why they allow their portraits to be taken. “It gives them a renewed sense of hope that they will be remembered and not forgotten,” says Pregulman, an avocational photographer who divides his time between Denver and Memphis....
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Drake has a crush on Sarah Silverman

Gabe Friedman News flash: The most famous Jewish rapper on earth has a crush on one of the most famous Jewish comedians on earth. As explained on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night, Drake recently post... [Link]

Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders... [Link]

Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior ... [Link]

Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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