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Nov 27th
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Ancestral journey leads to Israel

Ancestral journey leads to Israel

This week, Denverite Hadassah Grove completed a homecoming that was a long, long time coming.

It was not just a personal homecoming, but an ancestral one — a centuries-long circle that began when her forebears left Israel in the very distant past, flourished in Spain during the legendary Jewish Golden Age, suffered through the anti-Semitic violence and repression of the Spanish Inquisitions, fled Spain for Mexico until that nation declared its own Inquisition and, finally, in the guise of Roman Catholics, found peace and safe haven in New Mexico and Colorado.


Russia's kosher guru branches out to halal

Russia's kosher guru branches out to halalMOSCOW — At Russia’s largest kosher food factory, owner Pinhas Slobodnik welcomes his Muslim workers with an Arabic greeting that he pronounces in a thick Russian accent. Some 120 workers, most from the predominantly Muslim republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, are employed at the factory — a sprawling complex built in 2009 in the basement of the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Russia.
Holiday Features

Your etrog...courtesy of Mohammed

Your etrog...courtesy of MohammedASSADS, Morocco — Why the Jews want etrogs, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that they are his main customers. Each August and September, Jewish merchants come from around the world to his remote grove in the highlands of Morocco — an hour-long hike through mountains, over rocks and along cliffsides. Most of the year, Douch, 67, a retired restaurant worker, lives in the northern coastal metropolis of Casablanca. But every summer he moves into a structure wi...

Google Israel matches Jewish, Arab, Druze students

Google Israel matches Jewish, Arab, Druze studentsJERUSALEM — A program in Israeli schools is bringing Jewish and Arab students together by utilizing technology to break down barriers. The program, “Hanging Out for Peace,” now in its third year, was initiated by ORT School Network, Peres Center for Peace and Google Israel. This year, over 1,000 students from around the country will participate, both male and female students, with an equal number of Jews and Arabs.
Holiday Features

Atonement in the age of social media

Atonement in the age of social mediaCOMING FROM a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles, I wasn’t raised in a particularly religious environment. In fact, I can count on fewer than five fingers the times that I stepped foot in a synagogue during my childhood. But one aspect of the Jewish faith that has always appealed to me is its introspective morality. Every fall season, we look back on the past year in advance of Yom Kippu...
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JTA News

United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians hurt in various skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion

Lucy Cohen Blatter Why the ornate headpieces known as fascinators are all the rage among stylish observant women. ... [Link]

Jewish disability advocate chides Trump for mocking reporter

Ron Kampeas Jay Ruderman offered to provide the Republican frontrunner with sensitivity training after he appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. ... [Link]

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