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Web series is humorous take on Orthodox Jewish dating

Web series is humorous take on Orthodox Jewish dating

NEW YORK — “There’s no such thing as a bad date — there’s just a funny story,” says Jessica Schechter, a 28-year-old modern Orthodox woman who teaches acting in New York City and lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

There’s the guy who took her to the action figure section of a Toys “R” Us after dinner and ranted about why Batman was the best superhero. Or the one whose panic attack in the elevator at a hotel in Times Square forced her to walk him down 42 flights of stairs.

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Rabin in his own words

Rabin in his own wordsNEW YORK — “Rabin in his Own Words,” which opened last week in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The aptly named cinematic autobiography, which uses archival footage going back to the statesman’s childhood, is entirely narrated by Yitzhak Rabin himself.
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Son of Saul — What's an 'extra minute in hell?'

Son of Saul — What's an 'extra minute in hell?'AJ: WHEN A film wins the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix, the Golden Globes and Academy Award for best foreign film, expectations are high. When that film is described as “unlike any Holocaust movie you’ve ever seen,” one expects an emotional payoff. But as the final credits for “Son of Saul” roll, the viewer is left numb. SRG: This Hungarian film is not about survival. It’s a film about the six million who perished. It’s not about the rescuers, the helpers, the glint of humanity ...

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Noah's ark heading to Olympics

Noah's ark heading to OlympicsRIO DE JANEIRO — A Dutch Christian organization is planning to sail a “replica” of Noah’s Ark to reach Brazil during the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Longer than an official soccer field, the vessel was built following the biblical measurements given in Genesis 6:15, the director of the Ark of Noah Foundation, Herald A.M.A. Janssen, told ABC News.
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Denver's rabbi and state senator Fosters offer joint insights

PASSOVER EDITION 5776SECTION C PAGE 9 RABBI STEVE and Joyce Foster understand how to navigate the perilous waters of religion, politics and the public limelight while remaining true to their values, and one another. Their joint autobiography, an experiential narrative of their respective roles as Temple Emanuel’s longtime rabbi and as Denver city councilwoman and Colorado state senator, is a collaborative feast of things known and unknown. While the reader may be aware of some of the incide...
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Teen arrested for allegedly smashing Holocaust memorial in Poland

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A teenager in Poland was arrested for allegedly smashing a Holocaust monument and scrawling anti-Semitic slogans and a neo-Nazi symbol on it. The 16-year-old had escaped from a state j... [Link]

Jewish groups welcome Facebook, Twitter pledge to crack down on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – Jewish groups welcomed a pledge by four internet giants to crack down on online hate speech, though some questioned the firms’ commitment to act. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Micros... [Link]

Woman says she was fired from Jewish group for not being Jewish enough

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A woman is suing a Jewish non-profit health organization for wrongful termination, claiming she was let go because she was not Jewish enough. Helaine Dominguez, 69, was the director of... [Link]

Court awards employee $31,000 for abuse by Netanyahu’s wife

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A former employee of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence was awarded some $31,000 by a Jerusalem labor court for mistreatment at the hands of the prime minister’s wife. ... [Link]

‘Never react to provocations,’ Pope Francis tells Israeli musician

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Asked how to avoid religion-based divisions between people, Pope Francis advised an Israeli musician to “never react” to provocations. The pontiff told this to Ofir Jacob on Monday a... [Link]

Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though... [Link]

Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical? Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the A... [Link]

Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher dies at 91

Cnaan Liphshiz RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, has died at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as... [Link]

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