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National Hadassah president speaks

National Hadassah president speaks

Expect no sob stories from Marcie Natan.

That’s just not the way the national president of Hadassah rolls.

The top executive of the mammoth women’s Zionist organization might well have a handful of such stories — the nearly three years she has spent as president have been far from peaceful — but she prefers to regard them as challenges rather than problems.

She is not soft-peddling Hadassah’s issues.

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In Israel, haredi men going to work

In Israel, haredi men going to workTEL AVIV — When Moshe Friedman turned 31, he made what was for him a radical decision: He left school and launched a start-up. Plenty of Israelis jump from graduate school to the high-tech sector, but for Friedman the leap was longer. A descendant of rabbis, he had studied at leading haredi Orthodox schools where many of his peers would spend decades, never intending to work. Friedman soon found himself caught between two worlds. Largely secular venture capitalists were reluctant to fund his...
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Putting magic into mitzvah

Putting magic into mitzvahWASHINGTON — When he was three years old, Daniel Rosenthal’s Uncle Joe taught him how to make a quarter disappear and reappear from behind his ear. Eager to learn more, he begged his uncle to teach him other tricks as well. “The sense of amazement and mystery,” said Rosenthal, now 17. “I fell in love with magic; it’s so amazing.” By the time he was 5, he was performing professionally at parties, “and I was teaching my uncle tricks.”

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Website by Israeli Arabs for Israeli Arabs

Website by Israeli Arabs for Israeli ArabsNAZARETH, Israel — After Israel’s 2006 war with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah devastated the country’s northern region, most Israelis focused on rebuilding their towns and creating better defense infrastructure. Arab-Israeli journalist Ghada Zoabi turned her focus to the media. Though Israel has well-established protocols for civil defense that instruct civilians to head for reinforced shelters in advance of rocket attacks, 18 Israeli-Arabs died in the conflict, most of them whi...
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Rhode Island teen fills big shoes

Rhode Island teen fills big shoesWASHINGTON — Nicholas Lowinger was five years old when his mother took him to play with some children living in a nearby Rhode Island homeless shelter. Despite being so young, he soon noticed that many of the children were wearing shoes that were either too big or too small, were falling apart or had to be shared with someone else. “I knew I had to do something more,” Lowinger said, recalling how he donated his own gently worn shoes. In 2010, Lowinger had his chance when tasked with com...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:51 )

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Belgian watchdog complains over ‘no Jews allowed’ cafe sign

Cnaan Liphshiz A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism complained to the mayor of a suburb of Liege against owners of a cafe whose window display featured a sign that said Jews were not allowed inside. ... [Link]

Pro-Palestinian Paris protest to go ahead under heavy guard

Cnaan Liphshiz In a reversal of policy by the City of Paris, organizers of a pro-Palestinian rally have received permission to march through the city’s center in protest of Israel’s actions in Gaza. ... [Link]

Jewish groups praise Obama on LGBT worker rights expansion

Ron Kampeas A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama for extending federal job protections for gay employees to employees of government contractors. ... [Link]

Hospitalized Nazi guard granted bail in extradition case

Anthony Weiss An 89-year old Philadelphia man who served as a Nazi concentration camp guard has been granted bail in an extradition case after being hospitalized. ... [Link]

Judge quashes terrorism lawsuit subpoena for Israeli agent

Ron Kampeas A U.S. federal court agreed to a request by Israel not to require a former intelligence official to testify in a terrorism lawsuit against the Bank of China. ... [Link]

Poll shows 57 percent of Americans back Israel in Gaza conflict

Ron Kampeas A majority of Americans back Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll. ... [Link]

House passes bill expanding Hezbollah sanctions

Ron Kampeas The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would target banks that deal with the terrorist group Hezbollah. ... [Link]

London Jewish mother reunited with kidnapped sons

Anthony Weiss Two British boys who had been kidnapped by their father in Russia have been reunited with their Orthodox Jewish mother in London. ... [Link]

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