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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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With Iran talks extended, some in Congress are rushing to step in

Ron Kampeas The talks with Iran have been extended, giving Congress an opportunity to wield its influence. ... [Link]

Shoes of Majdanek inmates stolen from concentration camp’s museum

Marcy Oster There is no monitoring in the former barrack where the shoes are displayed. ... [Link]

Iran’s supreme leader tweets: ‘arrogant’ powers won’t bring country to its knees

Raffi Wineburg The Twitter message on nuclear talks between Iran and world powers runs counter to statements by Iran’s president, who spoke of narrowing gaps at the Vienna negotiations. ... [Link]

Israeli lawmakers peeved by U.S. criticism of ‘Jewish state’ bill

Ron Kampeas Naftali Bennett and Zeev Elkin see the raps as an unnecessary interference in Israel’s domestic affairs. ... [Link]

Israeli man, 22, attacked in Berlin

Marcy Oster The victim said he was beaten and kicked after leaving synagogue by four men who spoke German with an Arabic accent. ... [Link]

Budapest Jews split on whistleblowing leader with colorful past

Cnaan Liphshiz David Schwezoff, a former cross-dressing nightclub singer, has made waves early following his meteoric rise to community CEO with allegations of embezzlement and the firing of a festival organizer. ... [Link]

Theater company at D.C. JCC ending Mideast festival, cites donor pressure

Marcy Oster The Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival was removed from the theater’s calendar following criticism by donors and funders against the showing of controversial Israeli plays. ... [Link]

South African court orders BDS to stop protesting Woolworths

Marcy Oster The Johannesburg High Court in its ruling also ordered representatives of the BDS movement and Woolworths to meet face-to-face by Dec. 10 to “settle the matter.” ... [Link]

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