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Jews anxious to remember Scalia

Jews anxious to remember Scalia

WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia was a larger-than-life presence on the Supreme Court, where he championed a conservative judicial approach for three decades. He was found dead on Feb. 13 at a resort in West Texas at the age of 79.

Scalia’s outsize personality left an impression off the bench, too. Here is how four Jewish leaders remember him, warmly or otherwise.

Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director, Interfaith Alliance; former congregational rabbi, Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Va.

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International

Is aliyah a get-out-of-jail-free card?

Is aliyah a get-out-of-jail-free card?PARIS — An authoritative voice and phone credit was all Gilbert Chikli needed to steal millions of euros from seasoned bankers and businessmen in his native France. One of France’s most famous criminals, the 50-year-old Chikli was sentenced in May by a Paris court to seven years in jail for defrauding dozens of telephone victims out of more than $8 million in 2005-06 while he was living in Israel. But Chikli is living as a free man in Israel — the country has no extradition treaty with F...
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Local

Victory: Super city feeling

Victory: Super city feelingORANGE YOU glad you live in Denver? OK, it’s a lame — make that very lame — joke. But appropriate and timely this week in Denver, in wake of the Denver Broncos’ stunning and (to the “experts”) unexpected victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 last Sunday. On Tuesday, when more than a million Broncomaniacs greeted their homecoming heroes in a huge parade and rally downtown, the city itself seemed dyed in orange, nicely seasoned with deep blue....
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National

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different LimmudFOR 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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International

New arrangement at Western Wall

New arrangement at Western WallTEL AVIV — Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31, approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. The non-Orthodox prayer section at the Wall will become much larger and more accessible. Orthodox control of the Orthodox section will also be solidified. The deal, a copy of which JTA obtained ahead of the Cabinet vote, still contains a few unknowns.
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Would-be Florida synagogue bomber has mental problems from car wreck, says cousin

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Florida man accused of planning to bomb a Miami-area synagogue last week has had psychiatric problems since suffering head injuries in a car accident, his family said. James Gonzalo Medina... [Link]

Labour’s Sadiq Khan, a critic of anti-Semitism in his party, elected first Muslim mayor of London

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Sadiq Khan was elected as the first-ever Muslim mayor of London, rising above his Labour Party’s anti-Semitism scandal. Khan won with 44 percent of the vote to Conservative candidate ... [Link]

Where Jewish conservatives stand on Donald Trump: A running tally

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Never Trump? Always Trump? Never-doesn’t-last-forever-Trump? And what about Hillary or Bernie? Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, presents a quandary for ... [Link]

Far-right lawmaker: Israeli ‘revenge’ against Palestinians could’ve prevented Jewish violence

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A right-wing Israeli lawmaker with a history of making controversial statements said if the Israeli government had taken revenge on Palestinians, individual acts of violence could have been ... [Link]

For Mother’s Day, fun bits of Jewish parenting wisdom

Lisa Keys Mother’s Day raises big questions: What the heck should I get my mom? Will my kids call me? What to do about my naked preschooler who’s refusing to get dressed? You’re on your own o... [Link]

Chabad rabbi building ‘1st mikvah in West Africa’ in Nigeria

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli firm and a Chabad rabbi working in Nigeria are preparing to open the first known Jewish ritual bath, or mikvah, in West Africa. Yisroel Ozen, a prominent Chabad emissary based... [Link]

Polish town names square after Knesset deputy speaker’s family

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The deputy speaker of the Knesset, Hilik Bar, attended a ceremony in a Polish town that renamed its main square for his great-grandfather, who was murdered in the Holocaust. The renaming... [Link]

The new Han Solo is Jewish – and he was discovered at a bat mitzvah

Julie Wiener The next time you’re kvetching about having to go to another bar or bat mitzvah, think about this: Steven Spielberg could be there, and he could make you a star. That’s how it worked out for Alden... [Link]

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