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Ramadan tours for Israeli Jews

Ramadan tours for Israeli Jews

KFAR QASIM, Israel — The group of Jewish-Israelis sat in a semicircle on the thick, red carpet of the mosque. The women wore headscarves; everyone’s feet were bare.

They had come to this Arab town in central Israel to experience a slice of Ramadan, the month-long daytime fast observed by Muslims that ends this week.

But before they left the mosque to visit Kfar Qasim’s Ramadan market — a nightly, open-air food bazaar — tour guide Shawkat Amer sounded a note of reassurance.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:40 )

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JamShalom Shabbat 'throwdown' before Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well tour

JamShalom Shabbat 'throwdown' before Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well tourCHICAGO — What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson. The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with “like-minded” people. He is also an ordained rabbi, though his colorful pants, fedora and purple T-shirt with the Grateful Dead’s famed dancing bear logo make him unconventional, to say the least....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:28 )

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Photo was starting point for cross-continental reunion

Photo was starting point for cross-continental reunionBALTIMORE — Jewelry hung from Rosa Zacharia’s ears and neck. Bracelets adorned her wrists and she wore rings on six of her fingers. She and her family were dressed to the nines. Life appeared to be pretty good for Zacharia and her husband, Naftali, and their three girls: Sara, Rahel and Yoheved. This was the image of the Zacharia clan captured at a Tel Aviv photo studio on May 29, 1929. Naftali mailed it to Chicago, to his brother Suleim, who went by Simonto, perhaps a diminutive of Siman ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:28 )

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Hawaiin envisions 'edible landscapes'

Hawaiin envisions 'edible landscapes'NEW YORK — Talia Abrams was struck by the irony that some of her neighbors on the Hawaiian island of Kauai could not afford to eat healthy food. “It was crazy to hear this because we live on the ‘Garden Island’ of Hawaii,” said Abrams, 16. So two years ago Abrams, who is home-schooled, wrote a bill as an educational assignment that would require the Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources to appropriate funds to create edible landscapes in public spaces by planting fruit trees and...
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Local expert discusses returning Nazi-looted art

Local expert discusses returning Nazi-looted artUS audiences are abuzz over the film “Woman in Gold,” one Jewish woman’s victorious recovery of a famous portrait the Nazis stole from her uncle in 1938. Viewed by some as an isolated incident, the historical reality dates back to 1930s Germany when the Nazis began pilfering art from Jews unable to protest. Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives first launched their frustrating search for stolen family masterpieces shortly after the war.
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