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JERUSALEM — Its leaders call it a “historic development,” a “paradigm shift” and a “change in the relationship” between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

But when it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry, key questions have yet to be answered — including what it will do and who will fund it.

Conceived last year as a partnership between the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency for Israel and major Diaspora Jewish bodies, the initiative aims to strengthen Diaspora Jewish identity and connections between Israel and Jews worldwide.

On June 1, Israel’s Cabinet voted to invest upward of $50 million on the initiative through 2017. The government intends to increase the sum to $100 million annually by 2022.

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Dallas teen notices when help is needed

Dallas teen notices when help is neededWASHINGTON — As a young child, Dalya Romaner learned to appreciate her surroundings and lend a hand when people were in need. “I am very fortunate,” said Romaner, 18, a high school senior at Yavneh Academy in Dallas. “And I appreciate the people who have made my city and community what it is. I learned that I need to notice what’s around and when [people] need help.” For the past two years, Romaner has led Helping Hands for the Homeless, a student-run nonprofit that a Yavneh stude...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:50 )

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Will a new community campus save Wilkes-Barre?

Will a new community campus save Wilkes-Barre?WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — There once was a time when the Jewish community in this Pennsylvania city just west of the Pocono Mountains was thriving. That much is clear from a quick tour. The sanctuary at the local Orthodox synagogue, Ohav Zedek, seats nearly 1,000. Temple Israel, the Conservative shul, has two huge buildings — a hulking sanctuary and a three-story school. There’s a Jewish day school, a JCC with its own bowling alley and a Reform synagogue with multiple sanctuaries. But there’...
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Holocaust glimpse takes a lifetime toll

Holocaust glimpse takes a lifetime tollMemorial Day feature Since 1945, April 6 has come and gone 69 times. Leon Tulper has dreaded each and every one of them. “Come April the 6th, I don’t want to talk to anybody,” Tulper says in the cluttered chaos of his soon-to-close place of business. “I don’t even want to see my family, nothing. It’s like embedded, like somebody inserted something in your head that automatically on April 6, you’re through.” April 6, 1945 was the day that Tulper, at the time a 20-year-old rad...

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 May 2014 03:22 )

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Lag b’Omer...when I was a kid

Lag b’Omer...when I was a kidONE of Pnina Newirth’s earliest childhood memories is a trip to Mount Meron on Lag b’Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. “I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the immense crowds,” she says. Despite the cacophony and the roaring bonfires, the Ra’anana resident insists she felt no fear that day. “I knew my parents were there and would protect me. And we stood far enough back so give us a bit of distance,” Newirth recalls....
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5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

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Shofar so good: The Jews who inspired us in 5774

Uriel Heilman In a year with no shortage of bad news, these 10 Jewish individuals or groups inspired or impressed us in 5774. ... [Link]

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Op-Ed: The Jewish imperative to tackle climate change – and four ways to do it

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For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember

mbrodsky In a match relocated from Tel Aviv because of the Gaza conflict, the sun sets on a smashing career with a grueling victory and chants of “Andyoni.” ... [Link]

IDF disciplines reservist for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

Marcy Oster The Israel Defense Forces disciplined a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge. ... [Link]

Oops! Palestinian typo promotes ‘violent’ protest

Uriel Heilman Is Mahmoud Abbas planning to herald the coming of a new intifada during an upcoming speech in New York — or did organizers of the event badly mangle their press release? ... [Link]

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