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Barocas puts lacrosse on map in Denver, Israel

Barocas puts lacrosse on map in Denver, Israel

DID you know that lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America? Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick and developed strong, virile men.

Lacrosse is still referred to as “the Creator’s game.”

The first women’s lacrosse game was played in 1890 at the St. Leonard’s School in Scotland. It was not until 1926 that Rosabelle Sinclair established the first women’s lacrosse team in the US at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore.

Fast forward to a May 6, 2013, announcement stemming from Tel Aviv:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:57 )

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‘Jew jokes’ — laughing with or at Jews?

‘Jew jokes’ — laughing with or at Jews?The goal of a comedian is to either make the audience cry or laugh. And everyone knows that a good joke always warms up the crowd. It gets people in a good mood. But what about Jew jokes? Jokes about big noses? Jokes about money? Jokes about the Holocaust? Joan Rivers, Jewish, host of Fashion Police on E!, made a joke about the Holocaust on the show in late February of this year. She said, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens” when describ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:01 )

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Double wedding in Seattle caps rapper’s journey

Double wedding in Seattle caps rapper’s journeySEATTLE — Five years ago he was D-Black, a hip-hop artist rapping about the violence, gang activity and drugs of his African-American ’hood. Today he’s Nissim Black, an Orthodox Jew davening in a Sephardic shul in Seattle and writing songs he describes as rap-urban alternative that “speak a message of hope and inspiration.” The shift in his musical message will be on full display with his new album, “Nissim,” due for release July 16. Meanwhile, the changes in his personal life w...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:58 )

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Yael: fictional Israeli undercover agent at UN

Yael: fictional Israeli undercover agent at UNBUDAPEST — There’s a new Jewish heroine on the block, a tough but tender Israeli who does undercover work for the UN and stars in a new series of thrillers by the British author and journalist Adam LeBor. The first installment, The Geneva Option, was released in the United Kingdom in April and recently hit US booksellers. It spins a tale of corporate greed, international corruption and insidious plans for mass murder, with intrigue spanning the globe from New York to central Africa to Switz...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:02 )

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‘Hannah Arendt’ captures intensity of intellectual combat

‘Hannah Arendt’ captures intensity of intellectual combatLOS ANGELES — Movie mavens may have to come up with a new genre to classify “Hannah Arendt,” the biopic of the German-Jewish philosopher. New York Times critic A.O. Scott suggests it is an action film — albeit one in which the weapons are ideas and theories are volleyed on a battlefield where a questionable hypothesis can turn lifelong friends into bitter enemies. Director Margarethe von Trotta, who has dealt previously with complex Jewish women (“Rosa Luxemburg”) and the Nazi era ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 June 2013 10:16 )

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Iran talks extended, but uranium enrichment remains stumbling block

Ron Kampeas Tehran and the major powers have agreed to keep talking, but progress remains elusive on the core issue of Iranian centrifuges. ... [Link]

Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office

Miriam Moster Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. ... [Link]

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

Daniel Treiman Sean Carmeli and Max Steinberg, young immigrants to Israel, lost their lives in Gaza warfare. ... [Link]

Emergency transfer denied in kosher prison food case

Anthony Weiss A federal judge rejected a request by a Venezuelan Jewish detainee for an emergency transfer from an Alabama prison over complaints that it was not providing kosher meals. ... [Link]

Israeli soldier killed in Gaza firefight

Marcy Oster An Israeli soldier was killed in a “fire exchange” in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces announced. ... [Link]

Rockets discovered at second U.N. school in Gaza

Marcy Oster Rockets were discovered in a second United Nations school in Gaza. ... [Link]

J Street explains pullout from Boston pro-Israel rally

Ron Kampeas J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns. ... [Link]

Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

Cnaan Liphshiz France’s Jewish Defense League, a controversial group with a history of vigilantism, is enjoying growing support amid fears that police cannot protect Jewish institutions. ... [Link]

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