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A Family’s Medical Challenge Becomes Aliyah Necessity

Most people immigrate to Israel for spiritual, religious or familial reasons, and medical care doesn’t usually factor into the equation. But in the case of Iris Kowen’s family, that was not the case. Living in the Holy Land was always the ideal, she says, but it was the issue of medial necessity, and special needs […]

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Tourists Apologize for Jewish Suffering

According to the tourists, a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum prompted them to go out and seek the forgiveness of the Jewish people. Yet a member of an organization protesting missionary activity says the group’s real goal is to appease Jews and bring them closer to the Christian religion. In the leaflets, the tourists expressed their […]

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Gan Izzy Manalapan Begins its 24th Year

The Marlboro – Manalapan NJ Gan Israel Day Camp, (known as Gan Izzy Manalapan) directed by Rabbi Avrohom Bernstein, began its 24th year with a super summer of discovery, fun and learning. Known for its dedicated and great staff and a spectacular setting on Congress Hill Farm, Gan Israel combines activities that challenge campers while […]

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Jewish Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Resists Pressure to Retire from U.S. Supreme Court

At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench. In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 83 - July 4, 2013

A Dutch court on ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy. The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland. […]

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‘I’ve Lost a Beautiful Child,’ says Mother of Counselor Killed at Jewish Summer Camp

A Jewish summer camp counselor from New York was killed and several others injured when a 70-foot tall black oak tree fell outside a dining hall at the camp near Yosemite National Park in northern California. Annais Rittenberg, 21, a “beloved member of the Camp Tawonga staff,” was killed and four others injured when the massive tree […]

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AG to Summon Chief Rabbi Candidate

Eliyahu’s nomination for Sephardic chief rabbi (also known as the “Rishon LeZion”) has been criticized due to racist remarks he allegedly made in the past, including calling on Safed residents not to rent their apartments to Arabs, as one of the initiators of the 2010. The police even launched a drop the case against the rabbi due […]

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Hundreds of Chabad Student Rabbis Prepare to Hit the Road

Hundreds of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinic students are hitting the road for the summer months, on a mission to bring the faith to their fellow Jews. The summer program, known as “Merkos Shlichus”, first began in 1948 at the behest of the prior Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, of righteous memory, under the auspices of the […]

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Rabbis Visit Rural Australia in Synagogue on Wheels

A synagogue on wheels rolled into Daylesford last week. The Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia van cruised around the Hepburn Shire with Rabbis Dov Zaetz and Peretz Chein as part of their mission to connect with Jewish people living in rural and regional Victoria. The pair spent two days in Daylesford and plan to travel across the Nullarbor […]

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U.K. Jewish Museum Explores the Real Amy Winehouse

An exhibition at London’s Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in the words of her older brother Alex, “simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a big talent.” “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” brings together items from the late singer’s London childhood, her stage-school […]

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Fierce Haredi Opposition to Teaching Basic Studies in Elementary Schools

An amendment to the Economic Arrangements Bill that would condition the funding of elementary haredi schools on the teaching of math, Hebrew and English generated a heated argument in the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee on Tuesday, with haredi MKs denouncing the legislation as an attempt to destroy ultra- Orthodox society. During the session, […]

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Haredim to Join IDF as Paramedics

So far, the 11-month paramedic course has not been offered to yeshiva students, whose total military service amounts to 16 months. As part of the new program, the Meir Harel students will serve an extra year, or total of 28 months. The new program is intended for students who have volunteered in the Magen David […]

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400 Demonstrate in Paris Against Suicide Bomber Exhibit

Some 400 people took to the streets of Paris on Sunday afternoon in front of the Jeu de Paume museum to demonstrate against a photo exhibition which seeks to glorify Palestinian Authority Arab suicide bombers who characterize themselves as ‘’freedom fighters,’’ as well as showcasing “those who lost their lives in fighting the occupation”, the European Jewish Press […]

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American Friends of Lubavitch Hosts Annual Benefit

Hundreds of Washington’s leaders from the political, diplomatic, academic and corporate arenas gathered at the prestigious East Hall of Washington, DC’s Union Station for the Annual Benefit Event supporting American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad). The event, which was chaired by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) and is typically […]

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Jewish War Vets: U.S. ‘Seriously’ Understates Sex Abuse in Military

Jewish war veterans are calling for meaningful action to be taken to combat sexual abuse in the U.S. military. “The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) condemns the continued prevalence of reported and unreported male and female sexual misconduct in the military and calls for an independent process to review and prosecute these cases,” […]

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Reformist Candidate Chosen to Head Hungarian Jewry

Newly elected head of Hungary’s Jewish community, Andras Heisler, pledged to fight corruption following his victory last week. Heisler was elected as the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), succeeding president Peter Feldmajer, who resigned his position in May after losing a no confidence vote. Mazsihisz officially represents the interests of Hungarian […]

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Ministry Rejects Recognized Conversion

The High Court of Justice was presented Sunday with an unprecedented case, in which the Interior Ministry refused to grant a new immigrant status to a man recognized as a proselyte by conviction both by the Rabbinate in Israel and by rabbinical authorities abroad. The Ministry says it is “unconvinced by the sincerity of the conversion,” although […]

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YU Students Launch Israeli Summer Camps for 8th Season

Students from New York City’s Yeshiva University kick off their eighth season in southern Israel on Tuesday as camp leaders in the cities of Dimona, Arad, Be’er Sheva, Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi. The month-long immersion service-learning initiative provides 300 children from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds with Jewish values and just plain summer fun. […]

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Conejo Chabad Celebrates “The Human Spirit”

“Judaism has always emphasized a holistic approach to life – portraying our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health as being very much interrelated,” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski, Executive Director of Chabad of the Conejo, in his seminal remarks from the podium of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California on June 10, 2013. The […]

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This Day in Jewish History / First Group of Jewish Immigrants Docks in Texas

On July 1, 1907, the S.S. Cassel, a German steamship, docked in Galveston, Texas, bringing the first group of Jewish immigrants to the United States as part of the so-called Galveston Plan. The concept behind the plan, which functioned until 1914, was to ferry Eastern European Jews fleeing the pogroms of czarist Russia to someplace […]

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ADL Raps Media Company, Calls for Apology After ‘Shylock’ Crossword Clue

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday called on the editors of Tribune Media Services to apologize for a clue in a crossword puzzle that used the clue “Shylock, e.g.” to elicit a three-letter response, with the correct answer being “Jew.” The clue appeared on Friday in several newspapers across the United States. “Shylock” is a […]

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Women-Only Paramedic Course in J’lem

A new initiative in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox sector sees haredi women in Jerusalem learning first aid in order to cater to the needs of women giving birth who feel uncomfortable being treated by male paramedics for modesty reasons. A meeting attended by several women from the sector recently concluded with a decision to open a unique […]

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B’nai Brith Distances Itself from Shalit Criticism

B’nai Brith International has distanced itself from a newspaper article which was critical of former captive soldier Gilad Shalit. The article in question appeared in the Jewish Tribune newspaper which is associated with B’nai Brith Canada. It suggested that many in the Canadian Jewish community were questioning JNF Canada’s decision to invite Shalit to Canada […]

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The Metaphysical Ecosystem – A Timely Lesson About Our Fragile World

The late Peter Marshall was an eloquent speaker and for several years served as the chaplain of the US Senate. He used to love to tell the story of the “Keeper of the Spring,” a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps. The old gentleman […]

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U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Bill with Provisions for Jewish Camp Counselors, Religious Refugees

The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and that makes permanent a law that facilitates immigration for victims of religious persecution. The bipartisan bill passed Thursday by the Senate, 68-32, creates a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented workers […]

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Jewish Groups Praise US Gay Marriage Ruling

Major American Jewish organizations roundly praised the US Supreme Court on Wednesday for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and for demanding that federal benefits be extended to gay couples in states where their marriages are recognized. The top court also overturned California’s Proposition 8 – which took away the previously granted right of […]

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Rabbi Yosef’s Critics Under ‘SMS Attack’

Last week, after Yosef Rabbi David Stav, the national-religious Ashkenazi chief rabbi candidate, the activists launched an attack against anyone who dared criticize their leader. The first person affected by the young Shasniks’ activity was ultra-Orthodox journalist Mendy Gruzman, who slammed Rabbi Yosef’s style on Facebook: “The truth should be told: We are talking about Jewish […]

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College Brings 1978 Anti-Semitic Indent Back to Light

The Anti-Defamation League commended Babson College for bringing an anti-Semitic incident during a 1978 Soccer match against Brandeis University back into the light as an opportunity for the broader community to learn. Under President Leonard A. Schlesinger, Babson has recently taken a leadership role in tackling issues of diversity on campus, and as part of […]

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Shul Destroyed by Fire, Being Rebuilt

Get close enough to the building that used to house the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont and you’ll get a whiff of its burnt-out interior, empty since an Oct. 14 fire ravaged the building. Things are finally looking up for the beleaguered temple, however. On Sunday, about 150 supporters and dignitaries turned out for the ground-breaking for […]

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Anne Frank Museum Must Give Up Family Archive, Dutch Court Rules

A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered one Anne Frank charity to give the Frank family archive back to another charity in Switzerland, following an uncomfortable public dispute over the Jewish teenager’s legacy. The Amsterdam District Court ruled the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam must give the archive back to the Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland, by […]

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