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Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz Calls on Obama to Free Pollard

Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz today sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that Jonathan Pollard be released from prison (the full text of the letter appears below; an image of the original letter is attached).

George Shultz served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1982-1989.  Prior to that, Shultz served as U.S. Secretary of Labor and as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.  He is currently …

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George Washington Schlepped Here

So Chelsea Clinton married a Jewish guy. I’m not a presidential scholar so I can’t say with any certainty if her husband is the first Jewish presidential child-in-law. Maybe one of my regular “License to Kvell” kvellers will know and clue us in.

I don’t remember reading much about the wedding. Maybe that’s just because I’ve been so busy lately trying (and often failing) to keep my head above water that I …

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US Jewish leaders on 1st visit to Greece

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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Jewish group tells Fox to fire Glenn Beck’

'Jewish group tells Fox to fire Glenn Beck'

A U.S. Jewish group has called on Fox News to fire its popular political commentator Glenn Beck, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Sunday.

Jewish Funds for Justice called to fire the controversial pundit over a series of what they call ‘disturbing’ remarks, including an attack on left-wing Jewish billionaire George Soros.

Late last year, Beck dubbed Soros a “puppet master” …

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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 the next available passage to Holland.

1654 Portugal recaptures Brazil and expels Jews and Protestants. …

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Double or Nothing: Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage

(Brandeis in American Jewish History, Culture and Life & Brandeis on Jewish Women)}}Fishman, drawing on 254 interviews with mixed-married couples; group discussions with teenage children; materials produced by communal, secular, and religious organizations; and conferences, books, and films created by and for interfaith audiences, examines the day-to-day realities of family life in mixed-married households. Parts …

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The Jewish Ethicist: Everyday Ethics in Business and Life

The Jewish Ethicist: Everyday Ethics in Business and Life

Rabbi Dr. Asheir Meir

“The book is an important source of ethical insights for Jews and non-Jews alike”. – George Cohen, Booklist (journal of the American Library Association)

“Combines up-to-the-minute knowledge of his field with thousands of years of Jewish tradition” – Rivka Blau, Jewish Press

“This tome was a delight to read and provided tachlis modern application to principles of halacha.” David …

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The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Migration to America: An Interactive History With Removable Documents and Artifacts

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Publisher: Random House

The Golden Land is a museum-in-a-book that devotes a double-page spread–complete with removable letters, documents, and personal effects–to each of the successive waves of Jewish immigration to America, from the Germans and Eastern Europeans in the 19th and early 20th centuries to the refugees from the Nazis in the 1930s and ’40s to the Soviet Jews in the 1970s and ’80s.America was the first nation where …

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You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother

… illuminating and often amusing history of one of the best-known figures in popular culture–the Jewish Mother. Whether drawn as self-sacrificing or manipulative, in countless films, novels, radio and television programs, stand-up comedy, and psychological and historical studies, she appears as a colossal figure, intensely involved in the lives of her children. Antler traces the odyssey of this compelling personality through decades of American culture. She reminds us of a time when Jewish

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Secrets of a Jewish Baker: Recipes for 125 Breads From Around the World

George Greenstein

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

For more than 20 years, George Greenstein owned and operated a Jewish bakery in Long Island. In this highly acclaimed cookbook, he reveals the unwritten tips that were passed down in his family through three generations of bakers. With a broad selection of basic breads, authentic New York-style staples, and ethnic favorites, SECRETS OF A JEWISH

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What It Means to Be Jewish: The Voices of Our Heritage

… anthology that includes writers as various as Alan Dershowitz, Anita Diamant, Golda Meir, and George Washington on the various meanings of the Jewish experience in America. By no means do these writers speak with a single voice but then dialog is a crucial part of the Jewish tradition. This is not always comfortable reading, as writers confront the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and the controversy surrounding the identity of modern Israel which is also as it should be. Abrams has created a …

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Dunedin Jewish Congregation in Dunedin, New Zealand

Name:

Dunedin Jewish Congregation

Address1:

Cnr Dundas &

Address2:

George Sts

City:

Dunedin

Location:

New Zealand

Zipcode:

Type:

Progressive

Tel:

64 3 455 1777

Fax:

64 3 477 1777

Services:

Fri Evening Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

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Russian Billionaire wants Jewish al-Jazeera

Russian billionaire Alexander Mashkevich plans to establish a Jewish version of al-Jazeera to combat the negative image of Israel portrayed in the media.

“Every day and every hour people get negative information about Israel. Therefore, the most important thing is to represent Israel on an international level, with real information,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Mashkevich saying at a conference of the United Israel Appeal in Washington.

Read more: @ …

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Russian billionaire to found ‘Jewish Al-Jazeera’

Russian “oligarch” and Jewish philanthropist Alexander Mashkevich announced on Wednesday his intention to found a Jewish version of Al-Jazeera.

“Every day and every hour people get negative information about Israel,” Mashkevich said at the Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal conference in Washington D.C. “Therefore, the most important thing is to represent Israel on an international level, with real …

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Jewish women and the Democratic National Committee

Jewish women and the Democratic National Committee

… Schultz as the new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), making her the first Jewish woman to hold this position. After doing a little research at jwa.org, however, I realized that even though Wasserman Schultz may be the first Jewish woman to chair the DNC, she is actually joining a long tradition of Jewish women who have been active in the organization.

Read More: @ jwablog.jwa.org

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Was Gandhi Jewish?

Was Gandhi Jewish?

No, political leader Mohandas Gandhi was not a Jew. He was a Hindu.

A new book described in a review in the WSJ (Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi And His Struggle With India, by Joseph Lelyveld ) reports that Gandhi had a longtime lover who was a Jew and a Zionist.

WSJ: Among the Hagiographers

Early on Gandhi was dubbed a ‘mortal demi-god’—and he has been regarded that way ever since.

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MI5 believed Jewish underground wanted to assassinate Churchill

MI5 believed Jewish underground wanted to assassinate Churchill

A member of one of the Jewish underground militant groups that sought to end the British Mandate in Palestine and establish the State of Israel suggested that then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, should be assassinated, according to the British newspaper Telegraph.

Records of the British military intelligence unit MI5 reveal that a member of the Lehi pre-state militia confessed when …

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Jewish Graves Desecrated in Iran

Jewish Graves Desecrated in Iran

… that was uploaded to YouTube on Friday shows the broken tombstones and desecrated graves. The Jewish cemeteries that were desecrated are located in the Damavand region of Iran. There are two Jewish cemeteries in the area, one in the village of Maranak and the other in the village of Giliard.

As of last December, 25,000 Jews remained in Iran. While Jews in Iran are free to practice Judaism, there is an undercurrent of fear. After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, an official …

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Why does L.A. Jewish Federation head want everyone to be like LeBron James?

Why does L.A. Jewish Federation head want everyone to be like LeBron James?

It’s early January, and Jay Sanderson is talking in his corner office on the 11th floor of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ headquarters about his first year as president of Federation, explaining the versatility and passion he expects of his staff.

“I want everyone to be a LeBron James,” he says, and seems genuinely puzzled when his reference is questioned.

“LeBron James is a great basketball player, …

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Confessions of a Jewish infant genital mutilator

Confessions of a Jewish infant genital mutilator

… a new word. Intactivism. My spell-checker may not yet recognize it but apparently intactivism is a growing movement. Its spiritual and organizational headquarters is in San Francisco but they are spreading globally, or so at least the various intactivist websites claim. If they have their way, the good people of San Francisco will have a chance in November to vote in a piece intactivist legislation and from the Bay Area, who knows where it will spread next.

Though it turns out that …

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Jewish author Philip Roth nominated for Man Booker International Prize

Jewish author Philip Roth nominated for Man Booker International Prize

American Jewish author Philip Roth is among the 13 authors shortlisted for the biennial Man Booker International Prize which will be awarded on May 18 in Sydney.

The prize is worth 60,000 pounds ($96,000) to the winner, and living authors whose works of fiction are either originally in English or generally available in English translation are eligible.

It honors a writer’s body of work as …

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A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

A Jewish community president who can’t be called to the Torah? Meet Bulgaria’s Alex Oscar

… and the Rectorate of the University of Sofia, Alexander Oscar, the young president of Sofia’s Jewish community, issued a blunt message to his countrymen.

The occasion was Bulgaria’s Holocaust remembrance ceremony on March 10, a day meant to celebrate the country’s heroic rescue of its 50,000 Jews during World War II, a feat unequalled in any Nazi-allied country and a rightful mark of pride here.

Read More: @ jta.org

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Is the “Secret” Eliezer Society at Yale University Jewish?

Yes, the secret Eliezer society at Yale University is Jewish, according to Time Magazine.

We don’t like the idea of secret societies, Jewish or not. If you have something of value to offer the world, why not let everyone in on it? Perhaps it’s so your members can feel like special elite people.

Be that as it may, based on our cursory viewing of their videos, we think maybe that Time magazine has been had by a Purim story about a …

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Eating Jewish: Aranygaluska, or “Hungarian monkey bread”

Earlier this month, The Jew and the Carrot published an article by Leah Koenig entitled “Jewish Dishes We Miss: A Top-10 List of Ashkenazi Foods To Bring Back.” Prior to publishing this list, readers were asked to write in with their own suggestions as to which dishes should go on this list and in the end it was made up of the following ten dishes:

schmaltz (rendered poultry fat), gribenes (poultry skin cracklings), schav (sorrel and sorrel soup), tongue, mamaliga (cornmeal …

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JStandard’s Miryam Wahrman Covers Jewish Domestic Abuse and Child Abuse

… its own shortcomings. Teaneck’s JStandard science editor Dr. Miryam Wahrman writes about Jewish domestic abuse and child abuse. Those are sad realities in every ethnic and religious community. These two important articles will raise consciousness and save people from actual misery in the Jewish community.

Confessions and warnings. Project S.A.R.A.H. addresses domestic abuse

…“There’s an enormous shift in the Jewish community, from being in denial that these problems …

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Jewish Studies in Decline?

Jewish Studies in Decline?

… about the condition of the humanities in the country’s universities. Especially dispiriting is the report on Jewish studies, once the crowning glory of Israel’s flagship Hebrew University—and, in the report’s inadvertently nostalgic words, “an investment in the nurturing of the deep spiritual and cultural structures of Israeli public and private life.”

That investment has been producing ever smaller returns. While Israel is still the world center of Jewish studies, the …

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Does Jewish Meditation Exist?

Yes of course, Jewish meditation exists. We’ve written about it extensively in our new book (forthcoming). And now in our latest teaching (Liturgy of the Days of Awe at the Jewish Theological Seminary) we have extended our explanation and definition of Jewish meditation to subsume more of the classical Jewish prayers and rituals.

We posited in one recent class that the Kol Nidre service was best …

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Orthodox Jewish populations fuel growth in Ramapo

The large spike in the populations of Ramapo’s Orthodox and Hasidic communities fueled a townwide increase of more than 16 percent, according to the latest census figures.

The increases made sense to Israel Spitzer, deputy mayor of New Square, the Hasidic village that saw its population increase by 50 percent to a total of 6,944.

“It’s families expanding,” Spitzer said. “We …

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Remembering Elizabeth Taylor, Jewish by choice

Remembering Elizabeth Taylor, Jewish by choice

… amount of giddy excitement when a star, from Marilyn Monroe to Sammy Davis Jr., converts to the Jewish faith.

Few celebrity conversions, however, have garnered the lasting impact that the ceremony at Hollywood’s Temple Israel on March 27, 1959 did, at which a 27-year old Elizabeth Taylor took on the Hebrew name Elisheva Rachel and converted to Judaism.

Read More: @ haaretz.com

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Is Gene Simmons Jewish?

Is Gene Simmons Jewish?

Yes rock superstar Gene Simmons is a Jew.

The Jerusalem Post reports that he is visiting Israel: “Kiss rocker Gene Simmons back in Israel after 51 years,” by David Brinn.

The Israeli-born superstar calls boycotting artists “idiots,” says “there ain’t no place like Israel on Earth.”

52 years after leaving Israel as the impoverished nine-year-old son of a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, Chaim Witz …

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