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Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, future

Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, future

JERUSALEM 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 the city’s uniqueness — has become an exceptional success story, not only in moving thousands of people around the capital, but also in terms of urban revitalization, environmental sustainability and even cultural cohesiveness.

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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Is a lunar eclipse on Sukkot an ominous sign?

Is a lunar eclipse on Sukkot an ominous sign?LOS ANGELES — As we usher in Sukkot, will there be a blood moon rising? John Hagee, the San Antonio pastor who wrote the book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change, would have us believe so. Hagee predicts that because of a cycle of four lunar eclipses called a tetrad — two this year and next on Passover and Sukkot — that something big is about to happen, like the Rapture. The eclipse will be seen throughout much of the world on Oct. 7 and 8 — the latter the eve of Sukkot. It...
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South African anti-apartheid activist argues for Israel

South African anti-apartheid activist argues for IsraelBenjamin Pogrund, holding a cup of coffee in one hand and a muffin in the other, surveys the empty computer room at Holiday Inn Cherry Creek. He nods. “I think this will do.” Now 81, Pogrund smashed the prohibition on reporting about blacks in apartheid South Africa at the Rand Daily Mail. Despite threats, surveillance and imprisonment, he wrote major investigative articles on apartheid as a journalist and later deputy editor. Together with editor Laurence Gandar, Pogrund revolutionized re...
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Hungary’s Orban pays tribute to fallen WWI Jewish soldiers

mbrodsky The prime minister visited Budapest’s largest Jewish cemetery to mark the renovation of WWI graves. ... [Link]

Texas woman suing for pregnancy discrimination alleges anti-Semitism

Julie Wiener A Jewish sales rep for a pharmaceutical distributor in her lawsuit claimed her supervisor used an anti-Semitic remark when he called her a “whistleblower.” ... [Link]

Autism self-advocate Ari Ne’eman recognized for work on inclusion of people with disabilities

Julie Wiener Ari Ne’eman said he learned early on that “if people with disabilities, including autistic people, were going to have opportunities in society, we needed to become politically active.̶... [Link]

Boston Jewish day schools receive $11 million challenge grant

Ben Sales The gift from George Krupp, chief executive of Berkshire Property Advisors, and wife Liz will support long-term tuition assistance for middle-class families. ... [Link]

Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

Ben Sales Israel is no stranger to heated political rhetoric, but this election is shaping up to be a fierce one, with the leading parties taking aim not merely at their rivals’ policies but at their Zion... [Link]

World Zionist Congress elections: a voter’s guide

Uriel Heilman World Zionist Congress elections began earlier this month and run through April 30. Here’s a primer on what the congress is, how (logistically) to vote, who’s on the ballot, and why you ju... [Link]

Foxman: Obama and Hollande won’t name Islamist threat

Cnaan Liphshiz At a Prague Holocaust commemoration, the ADL national director said the leaders’ language means they are closing their ‘eyes to a reality.’ ... [Link]

Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

Ben Sales Some 100 survivors from 19 countries are expected to attend official ceremonies in Poland at the site of the former concentration camp. ... [Link]

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