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20th anniversary of Brooklyn race riots marked

In the back of an empty Jewish deli in Brooklyn, two central figures from race riots that broke out 20 years ago Friday sat together at a wooden table before a plate of corned beef sandwiches.Carmel Cato lost his son, Gavin, when the seven-year-old black boy was crushed in an auto accident involving a motorcade of a Jewish religious leader.

Norman Rosenbaum’s brother, Yankel, was …

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Jewish Americans Mull 2012 Obama Re-election Bid

Jewish Americans are looking ahead to the 2012 presidential race, and President Barack Obama’s re-election bid – and they’re beginning to wonder.

Among those reconsidering their support are New York’s former Mayor Ed Koch. “I believed that then-Senator Obama would be as good as John McCain (in the 2008 election) based on his statements at the time, and based on his support of …

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Hitler has Jewish DNA

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Who would have thought or even surmise, that Adolf Hitler would have any biological association from the very races that he hated so much and he tried to wipe out. Arguments have been drawn, and a lot of speculations have been made. I guess it wouldn’t be relevant in our present time if it wasn’t found out, because the world had already accepted it, but now that …

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

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1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4 th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants.

1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on …

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Abraham’s Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People

Jon Entine

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Could our sense of who we are really turn on a sliver of DNA? In our multiethnic world, questions of individual identity are becoming increasingly unclear. Now in ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN bestselling author Jon Entine vividly brings to life the profound human implications of the Age of Genetics while illuminating one of today’s most …

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Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Jewish Community

Many people are familiar with the story of Jewish support for the American civil rights movement, but this history has another side -

one that has not been fully told until now.

Shared Dreams brings to life the impressive, surprising, and long-neglected history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts in support of the Jewish community. This is a story that sheds new light on the …

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The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time

Debby Flancbaum

Publisher: Urim Publications

The Jewish Woman Next Door: Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women – some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities – who engage in extraordinary acts of kindness.

Although the women featured in this book come from all walks of …

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Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Rebecca Walker

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Black, White, and Jewish is the story of a child’s unique struggle for identity and home when nothing in her world told her who she was or where she belonged. Poetic reflections on memory, time, and identity punctuate this gritty exploration of race and sexuality. Rebecca Walker has taken up the lineage of her mother, Alice, whose last name she …

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The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography

Joanna Lindenbaum, Ilan Stavans, Susan Chevlowe (editor)

Publisher: Yale University Press

While American Jews are commonly considered a homogenous ethnic group, the reality today is far more complex. Conversion, adoption, intermarriage, and immigration have transformed the fabric of Jewish communities, as they have the United States as a nation. This fascinating book explores questions of …

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Jewish and black South African teens cycle to Durban for charity

Jewish and black South African teens have come together for a joint, 400-mile bike ride to Durban under the auspices of the Cycalive outreach program, JTA reported on Monday.

Cycalive is an annual initiative that brings youth of different backgrounds together to raise funds for educational programs in need.

This year’s group of cyclists included 40 high school students from …

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Who will be Israel’s next Jewish idol?

The Hallelujah competition, a singing contest for Jewish youth from throughout the world, will be holding its final event on Thursday in which a winner will be selected.

The finalists have been chosen from a group of 30 young adults and 14,000 dollars will be split between the three top winners. Each contestant will be singing in Hebrew, and the team of judges will be headed by veteran …

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Researching Jewish Sports

Researching Jewish Sports

Writing a book about a Jewish basketball team that had not played a meaningful game in nearly seventy years posed some challenges. The Philadelphia SPHAS were a great basketball team, but by the end of World War II, their best days were behind them. They were no longer significant players in the basketball world. So, I asked myself some questions. How do you find information about a team …

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U.S. Jewish leaders: Republican candidate Rick Perry’s Bernanke outburst not anti-Semitic

U.S. Jewish leaders: Republican candidate Rick Perry's Bernanke outburst not anti-Semitic

American Jewish leaders are expressing concern over declarations by Republican presidential candidates that emphasize the candidates’ Christian faith and their devotion to religious values. Jewish leaders firmly reject suggestions, however, that an attack by candidate Rick Perry, the Texas governor, on Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke during a campaign speech in Iowa earlier this …

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Is David Letterman Jewish?

Is David Letterman Jewish?

No, CBS Late Show host comedian David Letterman is not a Jew.

When he was young his mother, who is of German descent, worked as a church secretary for the Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis.

Letterman is not a particularly religious man. He was married in March 2009 in a civil courthouse ceremony in Choteau, Montana.

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Obama hires former NJDC chief in bid to secure Jewish votes

U.S. President Barack Obama has selected former National Jewish Democratic Council chief Ira Forman as its Jewish outreach director in a bid to secure Jewish votes for his re-election campaign, a JTA report said Wednesday.

“I am truly honored to be able to work toward President Obama’s re-election,” Forman said in a statement. “This President deserves the backing of our …

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Israel - Study: Judges ‘Looking Down’ on Jewish Law

Israel - Study: Judges 'Looking Down' on Jewish Law

According to a new study by Dr. Aviad Hacohen, Dean of the Shaarei Mishpat College, despite the talk by officials in Israel’s judicial system about the importance of Jewish law and its integration into the Israeli legal system, in practice no use is made of it and those who use it are looked down upon.

Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman has called in the past to incorporate mishpat …

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Israel putting money on a relationship between science and Jewish law

Israel putting money on a relationship between science and Jewish law

The Science and Technology Ministry is this year investing NIS 1.2 million in research and education on the relationship between science and halakha (Jewish religious law). Half the sum will be allocated to promoting enrichment courses on the subject, and the rest will be used to fund applied research on scientific and technological solutions to problems posed by halakha.

The ministry …

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Is Ralph Branca Jewish?

Is Ralph Branca Jewish?

Yes the Brooklyn Dodger pitcher who achieved notoriety for throwing the home run pitch to Bobby Thomson in a 1951 playoff game against the New York Giants, Ralph Branca is a Jew – technically according to Jewish law – because his mother was born a Jew.

Wikipedia recalls that, “Branca entered the game in the ninth inning and surrendered a walk-off home run known as ‘The Shot …

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The Greatest Jewish Basketball Team

When I told friends and colleagues that I was researching and writing a book about a Jewish basketball team, I was often met with a hesitation or a stunned look. Why are you writing a book? Well, many people write books, I would often answer, and I wanted to take a crack at it myself.

No, the most common questions were the following: Did Jews play basketball? Was it a professional …

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Jewish Housing Project Again May End Up in Arab Hands

Jerusalem supermarket owner Rami Levy says a disagreement has forced him to pull out of a deal to keep the Nof Tzion housing project in Jerusalem out of Arab hands.

Levy acted several months ago to save the troubled project from being taken over by American-Arab Bashar al-Masri, who was set to buy out the assets of the development initiated by Digal Investment and Holdings.

The project …

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World Jewish Film Festival

The world Jewish festival is a international event that is held every year at the International Convention Center in Ashkelon. This year the festival will consist of films from all over the world and will feature documentaries and short films.

This year the festival will also showcase the public will be viewing 80 films from 20 countries that will be competing for prizes. The films will be …

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Jewish Day School Renamed After Ilan Ramon

A Jewish day school in California has been renamed in memory of the first Israeli astronaut, the Israeli Air Force website reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the Heschel West School which is located in a suburb of Los Angeles will be known starting in the upcoming school year as the Ilan Ramon Day School. The school’s principal recently made the announcement of the name …

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American-Jewish poet Phillip Levine named U.S. Poet Laureate

American-Jewish poet Phillip Levine named U.S. Poet Laureate

The librarian of U.S. Congress James H. Billington announced on Wednesday the appointment of Pulitzer-Prize-winning American-Jewish poet Philip Levine as the Library’s 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2011-2012, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Levine will assume duties in the fall, and will open the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of his work at the …

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‘Next generation’ of European Jewish leaders in Israel

‘Next generation’ of European Jewish leaders in Israel

The Ministry of Information and the Diaspora, in conjunction with Jewish educational organization World ORT, has brought a group of 32 Jewish teenagers from across Europe to Israel for a three-week youth leadership program aimed at fostering leadership skills and reinforcing communities across the continent.

The group, consisting of 15-17- year-olds from western and eastern Europe, …

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London riots spread to Jewish community

Rioting in London spread to the Jewish community.

Stores in the Jewish communities of Stamford Hill and Golders Green were urged to close and secure merchandise Monday night as unrest that began Saturday night in the north London neighborhood of Tottenham spread throughout London.

Residents of Tottenham’s Chasidic Orthodox community reportedly gathered on the street to heckle police …

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Jewish community shocked and appalled by UK riots

“The Jewish community, like all right minded people, will have been shocked and appalled at the wanton destruction and criminality witnessed on our streets over the last few days,” Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies. “Attacks on businesses and property are also assaults on the lives and livelihoods of decent hardworking people, trying to get by in difficult …

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Is Ben Bernanke Jewish?

Yes, Ben Shalom Bernanke is a Jew.

He was named “Person of the Year” for 2009 by Time magazine, which said about him, “He didn’t just reshape U.S. monetary policy; he led an effort to save the world economy.”

Bernanke has been Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve since February 1, 2006.

Bernanke was born December 13, 1953, in Augusta, …

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Eating Jewish: Mengedarrah for Tisha B’Av

I wanted to write an Eating Jewish post about Tisha b’Av, yet as I started looking through my various cookbooks, I noticed that most of them had no mention of the holiday. It was often missing from the index and even recipes containing ingredients that would usually be included in a dish prepared on Tisha b’Av had no mention of it.

I did find mention of Tisha b’Av in Gil …

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Devarim Dvar Torah: Jewish History Lesson Time

In Parshas Devarim, Moshe retells the story of the travels and tribulations of the Jews in the desert to the Jews before they enter the land of Israel. The Haftorah is a scathing rebuke of the hypocrisy of the Jews at the time of the destruction of the Temple by Isaiah.

The connection to Tisha B’Av is obvious- that’s why it’s always read this week. But the Haftorah’s main …

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Bill to make Israel a Jewish state: a solution in search of a problem

Many people are surprised to discover that Israel doesn’t have a formal constitution. Basic Laws, passed by the country’s parliament (known as the Knesset), serve as a working constitution for the courts and government. Last week, one third of Knesset members introduced a bill to recognize Israel as a Jewish state that would become the nation’s newest Basic Law if passed. It seems …

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