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Seattle's Jewish population soars 70%

SEATTLE — A study found that Seattle’s Jewish population has increased by 70% since 2001.

The newly released Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study, which was conducted by a research team from Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Jewish Studies, tallied the region’s Jewish population at 63,400. It also found that 89% of Jews in the area are college graduates.

“Given how Seattle has developed economically, it makes sense,” Leonard Saxe, one of the study’s authors and a Brandeis professor, told the Seattle Times.

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Reprint from 2005: World recalls Auschwitz liberation

Reprint from 2005: World recalls Auschwitz liberation• Reprinted on the occasion of the passing of Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld; from the IJN, Feb. 4, 2005 • Sixty years to the day — the 27th of January — is what it took for Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld to speak publicly of his time at Auschwitz. He has denied all previous opportunities to speak of it publicly, even courteously turning down the Shoah Visual History Foundation when it requested an interview. In similar spirit, he has never read a word written by Elie Wiesel or any other author who wr...
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International

The last reunion?

The last reunion?PRAGUE — When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the former Nazi death camp near Cracow may be the last gathering of its sort. The generation of Holocaust survivors, after all, is dying out. Yet critics are charging that politics and tensions between Russia and its neighbor...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:25 )

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Two IDF soldiers killed in Hezbollah attack

Two IDF soldiers killed in Hezbollah attackTEL AVIV — Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded this week when Hezbollah anti-tank missiles struck an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border. It is believed that at least five Kornet anti-tank missiles were fired onto the unarmored Israel Defense Forces D-Max vehicle near Mt. Dov. The attack on Wednesday, Jan. 28, by the Lebanese terrorist group included shelling of Israeli army positions in Israel’s North, according to Israeli reports, which named posts on Mt. Herm...
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National

Vaccinations down, measles up

Vaccinations down, measles up  LOS ANGELES — A recent measles outbreak originating at Disneyland that has infected more than 50 people has returned the issue of declining immunization rates to the national headlines. California health officials report that the outbreak began at the Anaheim theme park in mid-December and quickly spread throughout the country, helped along in part by the growing influence of the anti-immunization movement, which sees vaccines as unhealthy and linked to disorders such as autism. Multiple...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:49 )

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Portraits of strength and hope at the Maccabi Games

Gabe Friedman 10 photographs capture Jewish athletes from around the world ahead of their celebratory march into the Waldbuhne amphitheater — built by Hitler for the 1936 Olympics. ... [Link]

What can Iran hide in 24 days? Answering the questions posed by the nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Supporters and opponents have their own interpretations of the agreement. Here’s a breakdown on the differences. ... [Link]

Does Israel give Jewish extremists a pass on violence against Arabs?

Uriel Heilman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel takes a strong line against terrorism whether the perpetrators are Jews or Arabs. But Israel’s record — and its president — beg to differ. ... [Link]

Gaza hosting a West Bank soccer team for first time in 15 years

Gabe Friedman Gaza sports officials claim Israel allowed the match because of international pressure. ... [Link]

Extreme heat kills Israeli soldier, sends 8 citizens to hospital

Julie Wiener The Hula Valley in the North hit 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit and the Jordan Valley reached 111.2. ... [Link]

3 top House Democrats oppose Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Reps. Ted Deutch, Nita Lowey and Steve Israel came out against the deal. Sen. Barbara Boxer added her name to those who back the agreement. ... [Link]

Kahane’s grandson, 3 other suspected Jewish terrorists to stay in administrative detention

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger will be held without charge for at least six days in a practice used almost exclusively for Palestinian terror suspects. ... [Link]

Israeli couple’s big day saved by crowdsourced wedding crashers

Marcy Oster With the wedding venue tragically empty, a friend posted a public invitation on Facebook and attracted some 2,000 guests. ... [Link]

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