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Centro Israelita de Beneficiencia in Cali, Colombia

… de Beneficiencia

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Calle 44a. 5a Norte Esquina

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Cali

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Colombia

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Sephardi

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02-664-1379

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02-665-5419

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Sociedad Hebrea de Socoros in Cali, Colombia

… Sociedad Hebrea de Socoros

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Av. 9a Norte # 10-15

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Cali

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Colombia

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Orthodox

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02-668-8518

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02-668-8521

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Daily Services, Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays

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Union Cultural Israelita in Cali, Colombia

… Union Cultural Israelita

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Apartado Arereo 5552

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Cali

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Colombia

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Masorti

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02-668-9830

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02-661-6857

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Israel, Jewish Agency launch global effort to locate property lost in Holocaust

The Israeli government and the Jewish Agency are launching a new worldwide initiative to identify Jewish property lost or stolen during the Holocaust with the goal of obtaining restitution for survivors or their heirs, Haaretz has learned. Called Project HEART − Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Taskforce, the initiative is chaired by Rafi Eitan, the former senior citizen affairs minister, and directed by the Jewish

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American Jewish leader confirms he secretly visited Syria

A top American Jewish leader said Monday that a secret visit he recently made to Syria could be a sign that President Bashar Assad wants to improve relations with the West.

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, also said the international community should proceed with caution as the Arab world begins to embrace democracy. …

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Jewish Ketubot for Christians

… to the age of redemption” story of the day, the Times reports that Christians are adopting Jewish marriage contracts in their wedding ceremonies.

Christians Embrace a Jewish Wedding Tradition

By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

In a San Antonio chapel last August, after reciting their wedding vows and exchanging their rings, Sally and Mark Austin prepared to receive communion for the first time as husband and wife. Just before they did, their minister asked them to sign a document. It was a …

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From Mashgiachs to the new Jewish food movement: “Kosher Nation” by Sue Fishkoff

When you choose to purchase a jar of peanut butter with a hecksher on it or kosher chicken, you become one of the final elements in the long journey that the particular foodstuff undertook in order to be certified as kosher. It can be easy to take this process for granted when you are receiving these things in their final form, yet Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff highlights this process …

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U.S. Jewish groups congratulate Egyptians on ousting Mubarak

American Jewish groups across the board congratulated Friday the Egyptian people on ousting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and expressed hope that the country maintained peace with Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a statement in response saying that “We join with the Egyptian people and the international community in hoping this new era will unfold peacefully and smoothly.” …

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Jewish ritual bath found in Baltimore may be oldest in U.S.

… Lloyd Street Synagogue in East Baltimore have uncovered what is believed to be the oldest Jewish ritual bath complex in the United States.

Hints of the presence of the 1845 bath, or “mikveh,” were first detected during excavations in 2001. But further digging this winter has revealed about a quarter of a five-foot-deep wooden tub, and linked it to a related cistern found in 2008, and to remains of a brick hearth once used to warm the bath’s water.

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The Rise Of Online Jewish Deals

Over the past few months, I’ve signed up for a couple of the online coupon deals like Groupon and KGB, mostly because I like getting things for cheap. It’s a scientific fact that food tastes better when it’s 50% off.

The only issue I have with those sites is that they involve a daily e-mail for material that I really don’t care for. Because the only specialization you can chose …

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US Jewish leaders on 1st visit to Greece

An association of American Jewish community leaders began Tuesday a first-ever visit to Greece in the latest demonstration of Greek efforts to improve relations with Israel, officials said.

Around 60 representatives of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations were to visit Athens and Thessaloniki for talks with Greek state and Jewish community officials, a Thessaloniki community leader …

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A Jewish Response to Suicide

… Many Jews are among those who take their own lives, and in an effort to respond to the absence of Jewish resources for suicide prevention, Efrem Epstein has founded an organization called Elijah’s Journey: A Jewish Response to Suicide Prevention.

Tomorrow night (February 8th) Elijah’s Journey will be joining with Uri L’Tzedek and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, NYC Chapter to offer a special inspirational Beit Midrash on the issue.  The event will be held at Drisha, …

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Massive floods damage Melbourne Jewish infrastructure

Mass flash flooding triggered by Cyclone Yasi caused severe damage to Jewish community buildings in Melbourne.

Wild floods stormed through several suburbs heavily populated by Melbourne’s 50,000-strong Jewish community on the evening of Feb. 4, prompting the closure of the Sephardi Synagogue on Shabbat.

At least two Jewish schools were also flooded, with Bialik College – one of the largest Jewish schools in the country – reportedly closing for two …

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Cuba seeks 20-year prison sentence for alleged Jewish-American spy Alan Gross

Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for Jewish U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, accused of crimes against the state, Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Friday, in a case that has stalled progress in U.S.-Cuba relations.

A government statement posted on the paper’s website said Gross was accused of “Acts Against the Independence and Territorial Integrity of the State” and that a trial date for him would be set soon. …

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U.S. Jewish groups clash over response to Glenn Beck’s Holocaust rhetoric

… his televised statements about the Holocaust has itself been criticized by America’s best-known Jewish communal relations group.

Though the advertisement cited statements by the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, Abraham Foxman, it was sponsored by Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ), a left-wing group with little history of making public statements on issues like Holocaust discourse. The ad filled a full page of The Wall Street Journal on January 27, and two full pages of …

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Jewish philanthropists help people with disabilities

… at uniting philanthropic efforts to improve the treatment of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and to raise awareness of their needs was announced Friday by the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), an international umbrella organization for Jewish philanthropy.

Some 13 Jewish foundations, including the Ted Arison Family Foundation in Israel, the Jewish Federations of North America, the UK based Pears Foundation, the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Harry & Jeanette …

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Synagogue torched in Tunisia: Jewish leader

… Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday.

“Someone set fire to the synagogue on Monday night and the Torah scrolls were burned,” Trabelsi Perez told AFP, criticising the lack of action by the security services to stop the attack.

“What astonished me was that there were police not far from the synagogue,” added Perez, who is also head of the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, the …

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Is Paul Volcker Jewish?

Forbes reports that Paul Volcker is retiring from public life, “Gone Fishing: Paul Volcker Retires From Public Life, Heads For the River,” saying, “Later this week Paul Volcker, the man who helped guide the U.S. through two of its most serious recent economic crises, will step down as the chairman of the President’s Economic Advisory Board.”

We do not think that former Federal …

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Comedy worlds collide as Facebook founder meets Jewish alter egos

Life, film, comedy – and Jews – came hilariously, if not awkwardly, together on Saturday night as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg came face to face with both the Hollywood actor who recently portrayed him on the big screen as well as a comedian who regularly lampoons him on the silver one.

Making what could count as his comedy debut, the Facebook chief joined the opening …

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Huckabee: Israelis should be able to live anywhere in Jewish state

… Huckabee said Monday during a visit to the Mount of Olives for a cornerstone-laying ceremony in a Jewish east Jerusalem neighborhood.

“It is inconceivable in many ways that we would have to even argue and debate whether or not Israelis could live in Israel, not just in parts of Israel but anywhere in Israel they wished to live,” said Huckabee, who is expected to run against US President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections on behalf of the Republican Party.

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When in China, don’t forget to enroll for Jewish class

… he was embarking on a career in what would soon be a burgeoning field within Chinese academia: Jewish studies.

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Frusturated Howl of the Jewish Mother

So much rawr-ing in the last few weeks about Amy Chua’s shocking mothering memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother!

The explosion began with Chua’s piece in the Washington Post called “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” where she proudly announced her strict parenting regimen of three-hour violin and piano practice sessions, shame-inducing insults and a …

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Jewish Hockey Player Claims Anti-Semitism, Now a Senator

… There would probably be more anti-Semitism in the National Hockey League if there were only more Jewish players. TMZ reports that the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks are being accused of abusing Jewish Player Jason Bailey. The 23-year-old was a 3rd round draft pick in 2005 and he “claims from the moment the Ducks assigned him to play for an affiliate team called the Bakersfield Condors … his coaches unleashed a ‘barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks.’”

Bailey says …

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Jewish group complains to EU presidency about Hungary’s far-right

Hungary’s far-right party Jobbik was singled out for criticism at a meeting between a leading Jewish lobby group and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose country holds the European Union presidency, officials said Wednesday.

European Jewish Congress (EJC) president Moshe Kantor raised his concerns with Orban in Brussels on Tuesday, on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day.

“Parties like Jobbik stand in direct opposition to the values of the European Union that Hungary …

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The trouble with nice Jewish boys and girls

I recently got wind of the 2011 Nice Jewish Guys calendar, described thusly:

Firemen and Chipendales have had their spotlight long enough! This Nice Jewish Guys Calendar turns the spotlight on the underrated characteristic that pecs and tight buns can’t deliver…niceness. The Nice Jewish Guys Calendar features a different mensch for every month of the calendar year. Meet Brian, whose favorite movie is Annie Hall, and …

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Weekly Wrap Up: Miss America fallout, Jewish feminism stalls, and more

Miss Massachusetts Loren Galler Rabinowitz did not win the Miss America pageant, but that doesn’t mean we we can’t talk about it. Ms. Magazine wonders why we haven’t been protesting the pageant, while The Daily Femme takes issue with the fact that the winner, Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan, is too young to drink – or even vote. Heeb laments Rabinowitz’ loss, but reminds us …

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Pillar of Italy Jewish community dies

Tullia Zevi, a pillar of Italy’s Jewish community and an ardent anti-fascist who spent the war years in exile in Switzerland, France and the US, died Saturday. She was 91.

Zevi, the only female president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities and the longtime vice president of the European Jewish Congress, died in Rome, current union president Renzo Gattegna said

Condolences poured in from Italy’s president, …

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Montreal Jewish leader: Vandalism not always made public

Not all recent acts of vandalism against the Montreal Jewish community have been made public, the head of the Montreal Jewish Federation Combined Jewish Appeal’s security coordinating committee has disclosed.

Recent media reports have focused on anti-Semitic incidents directed at five synagogues and a school on January 16. However, the head of the committee, Rabbi Reuven Poupko, told The Jerusalem Post that there were other acts of …

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Eating Jewish: Recipes for a tasty Tu B’Shevat table

… and two grains found in the land of Israel.

According to Gil Marks in the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, the seven species are either eaten in the order in which they’re mentioned in Deuteronomy, namely wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates or in order of their importance in ancient Israel, wheat, barley, olives or olive oil, dates, grapes or wine, figs and pomegranates.

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Merkel honored by US Jewish group

The American Jewish Committee has honored German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her outspoken support fo r Israel and the Jewish people as a whole. The group’s executive director David Harris on Thursday presented Merkel with its Light unto the Nations Award at the chancellery in Berlin.

Harris says in a statement that “outspoken support for the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and …

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