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Boston-area teen assists those in need

Boston-area teen assists those in need

WASHINGTON — Adopted from China as infants, Maxine Harvey and her younger sister, Talia, were taught the importance of giving back by their adoptive mother.

“It was instilled in us at such a young age that I thought it’s what you’re supposed to do,” said Harvey, 18.

For as long as she can remember, Harvey said her family would collect items at their annual Chanukah party and donate them to local families in need.

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Israel: the most vegans per capita

Israel: the most vegans per capitaTEL AVIV — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant Nanuchka, saw a television news report about factory farming. Then everything changed. Abhorred by how animals are treated in industrial meat and dairy production, Shrier stripped all the animal products...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:16 )

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Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, future

Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, futureJERUSALEM 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 t...

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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Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

Julie Wiener Religiously affiliated supporters of Jewish innovation are involved in Jewish life, know what they find most valuable in Judaism and want to find ways to share it with others, this foundation director... [Link]

Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will consult with his country’s leaders on nuclear negotiations. ... [Link]

Do you know a teen who deserves a shout-out?

Ami Eden We’re looking for teens whose social action work is worthy of attention — to highlight in our Teen Heroes column. Please send your suggestions to teens@jta.org. ... [Link]

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