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No 'Israel' on US passports

No 'Israel' on US passports

WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the Supreme Court decision that will keep “Israel” off the passports of Jerusalem-born Americans, begins by calling Jerusalem a “delicate subject.”

Competing claims to the Holy City were not the only timeworn and sensitive issue the justices contended with in their 6-3 decision on Monday, June 8, which upheld the State Department’s policy of not allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list “Israel” as their birthplace.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:23 )


To build or not to build? Fierce debate in Crestmoor

To build or not to build? Fierce debate in CrestmoorA battle in city planning went into the wee hours on Tuesday, June 9, at Denver’s City and County building. A group of Crestmoor Park residents went head to head against a Englewood development company that was seeking what had become a controversial rezoning of a lot at the corner of East Cedar Ave. and Monaco Pkwy. in Denver’s Council District 5. Though two council members remained uncertain during the voting, they ultimately sided with the developer. A few expressed turmoil over the deci...

Riskin expects to be challenged by Rabbinate on his progressive policies

Riskin expects to be challenged by Rabbinate on his progressive policiesTEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But last week, the Rabbinate appeared to have targeted a leader whose critique of Israel’s religious status quo is more subtle. Shlomo Riskin, chief...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )


For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not over

For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not overNEARLY ONE year ago, global media and public opinion raged over the humanitarian crisis and near genocide facing the Yazidi population of northern Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State as they advanced on the Sinjar region. At that time, major Western media outlets reported on the massacres inflicted on the Yazidis by IS, the enslavement and rape of young Yazidi women and girls and other atrocities the Yazidi minority were facing last summer. Since August, 2014, however, the airstrikes agains...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )


IJN wins four Rockower awards in Jewish journalism

IJN wins four Rockower awards in Jewish journalismThe Intermountain Jewish News won four Rockower Awards for 2014 in the January, 2015 competition sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. The awards for excellence in Jewish journalism will be presented in November when the AJPA holds its annual conference and awards banquet in Washington, DC in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:17 )

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Rabbinical Council of America conversion panel issues recommendations

Marcy Oster The review was put in place nine months ago in the aftermath of the voyeurism scandal involving Barry Freundel, one of the RCA’s leading conversion rabbis. ... [Link]

Waze launching pilot carpooling program in Israel

Marcy Oster RideWith will use the Waze navigation system to learn the routes drivers take to work and pair them with people looking for a ride to the same areas. ... [Link]

Greek FM thanks Israel for concern over economic crisis

Marcy Oster Nikolaos Kotzias arrived in Israel hours after Greece voted to reject further austerity measures in exchange for an economic bailout from international creditors. ... [Link]

Israeli president calls on P.A. to act against terrorism surge

Marcy Oster Reuven Rivlin at a Ramadan break-fast meal with Arabic leaders also emphasized building trust between the Arab and Jewish communities in Israel. ... [Link]

Israel coordinates transfer of lion cubs from Gaza

Marcy Oster The cubs, Max and Mona, were transferred to Israel from Gaza through the Erez crossing and then taken to a sanctuary near Amman. ... [Link]

Near site of landmark march, Philadelphia museum celebrates Jewish role in promoting gay rights

Ben Harris The National Museum of American Jewish History has mounted an exhibition focusing on three Jews instrumental in the American gay rights movement. ... [Link]

Kerry: Iran talks ‘could go either way’

Marcy Oster Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigning in New Hampshire, warns that even with a deal, “Iran’s aggressiveness will not end.” ... [Link]

‘A Borrowed Identity’ depicts divided hearts in a land divided

Lisa Keys Based on the autobiographical novel of the noted writer Sayed Kashua, the film explores an Arab-Israeli relationship of a very personal kind. ... [Link]

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