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Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

FOR ONE weekend at the Westin Pasadena hotel in the Los Angeles area, hallway conversations were conducted mostly in Russian and Hebrew, with English taking a back seat.

Jan. 29-31 marked the inaugural convention on the West Coast for Limmud FSU, an organization dedicated to sparking a cultural renaissance among Jews who trace their roots back to the former Soviet Union.

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Methodists divest from Israel

NEW YORK — The pension fund for the United Methodist Church, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the US, has removed five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio. The church’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits said last week on its website that along with its Wespath Investment Management division, the fund was attempting to divest from “high-risk” countries and was “committed to protecting human rights. “Israel-Palestine is one of the areas identified as ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:39 )

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American Historical Assn. rejects anti-Israel resolution

ATLANTA — The largest society of historians and history professors in the US rejected a resolution condemning what it calls Israel’s restriction of Palestinians right to education in the West Bank and Gaza. The American Historical Association resolution, submitted by the independent group Historians Against the War, was voted down 111-51 on Jan. 9 during the association’s annual convention in Atlanta.
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Arab-Israeli MK's 'unity' trip to US ends in recriminations

Arab-Israeli MK's 'unity' trip to US ends in recriminationsNEW YORK — Arab-Israeli lawmaker and political leader Ayman Odeh refused to meet with the umbrella foreign policy body for American Jews because it shares office space with the Jewish Agency, an abrupt and dissonant end to a trip that was aimed at promoting greater Arab-Jewish cooperation. “I came here to represent the Arab public in Israel to American audiences,” Odeh said in a statement Dec. 10 after the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations released a statement saying ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:55 )

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Hirsi Ali among three Muslim women to receive Lantos Prize

Hirsi Ali among three Muslim women to receive Lantos PrizeWASHINGTON — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a women’s rights activist and politician who has been publicly critical of Islam, is one of three female leaders of Muslim heritage to be awarded the Lantos Human Rights Prize. The prizes were awarded Dec. 10 in Washington, DC. A best-selling author, Hirsi Ali is a survivor of childhood abuse and violence, including female genital mutilation. She fled a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she completed her education and rose from being ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:06 )

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