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Is Leon Panetta Jewish?

Is Leon Panetta Jewish

No Leon Panetta is not a Jew. He is a Catholic.

Barack Obama named Panetta Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in his administration.

Update : President Obama will nominate CIA Director Leon Panetta as secretary of defense, replacing Robert M. Gates

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A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life From the Pages of the Forward

… world that’s still eerily present.”—Daniel Czitrom, New York Post

The premiere national Jewish newspaper has opened its never-before-seen archives, revealing a photographic landscape of Jews in the twentieth century and beyond. This extraordinary volume features classic photographs of the history one has learned to associate with the Jewish Daily Forward—Lower East Side pushcarts, Yiddish theater, labor rallies—along with gems no one would expect. The book also features essays …

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Amsterdam ‘Jewish Houses’ project hits home

… apartment − where two Jews were deported and later murdered in Auschwitz.

A project called Jewish Houses, part of yesterday’s commemorations of World War II victims, asked Amsterdam residents like me to put up posters marking the 21,662 houses where Jews are known to have lived before the community was systematically killed in Nazi concentration camps.

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Like Only A Jewish Girl Nose

… me speechless. Kisses to writer Brad Falchuk (son of Hadassah President Nancy) for adding the Jewish girl’s personal albatross to the list of last night’s coming-to-terms-with-ourselves-issue (which also included Asian eyes and lesbian haircuts.) It’s only one of our culture’s favorite ways to make us feel shitty about ourselves and trick us into conforming to a norm that doesn’t really exist anyway.

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Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

World leaders warned of revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. assault in Pakistan on Monday that brought to a dramatic end the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of Islamist militancy.

President Barack Obama declared the world was a safer and “better place” with bin Laden dead. But the euphoria that drew …

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A Jewish Calendar Primer for Gabe Carimi

I’ve written on this blog several times about Jewish Major League Baseball players and the conflict of playing on Yom Kippur, but I’ve never discussed how the Yom Kippur decision affects NFL football players. This is likely because when there’s a Yom Kippur conflict in pro baseball it is often an important post-season game, yet, in college and pro football it’s only the beginning of the season.

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Jewish group gives 9 countries ‘fail’ for not hunting Nazis

Jewish group gives 9 countries 'fail' for not hunting Nazis

… are among nine countries where Nazi war criminals are not being brought to justice, a Jewish group said on Sunday. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish group which hunts Nazis and fights anti-Semitism, issued its annual report card examining efforts to track down perpetrators of crimes against Jews during World War II, flunking nine nations.

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May is Jewish-American month: Obama proclamation

May is Jewish-American month: Obama proclamation

May is Jewish-American month.

Excerpt from President Obama proclamation…..

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.JewishHeritageMonth.gov to learn more …

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Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

Eating Jewish: Mufleta - Breaking Passover the Moroccan way

… taste of chametz can be the non-traditional, but ever popular sushi, or something more rooted in Jewish culinary history like bagels. However, the Moroccan Jewish community ends Passover with a distinctive celebration known as the Mimouna.

This is a tradition that developed in Morocco, where on the afternoon of the last day of Passover, Muslim neighbors would bring gifts of flowers, milk, butter, honey, green beans, stalks of wheat and grains, and lettuce to the homes of their Jewish

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The Orthodox Jewish battle over a N.Y. school system

The Orthodox Jewish battle over a N.Y. school system

The battle between a New York Orthodox Jewish community and its neighbors over the local public school system took a drastic turn in late April as the school board’s Orthodox president resigned amid corruption allegations, and a federal official confirmed a civil rights investigation into the district.

While the corruption allegations against the board president relate to his alleged conduct in another elected office, the …

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Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Bringing it home

Last week, I had the great privilege of attending the conference “Women’s Liberation and Jewish Identity: Uncovering a legacy of innovation, activism, and social change.” (JWA was a conference sponsor, and you can check out Judith Rosenbaum’s response to the conference  here !) As a research intern for Professor  Joyce Antler, the conference convenor, this past summer, I spent hours reading short essays, activist statements, and poetry by many of the conference’s speakers, …

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Poster calling to boycott stores where Arabs work with Jewish women spotted in Jerusalem

Poster calling to boycott stores where Arabs work with Jewish women spotted in Jerusalem

… is that Yesh, the Haredi arm of the Super-Sol supermarket chain, allows Arab men to work alongside Jewish women.

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Eating Jewish: Charoset medley

Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the  maror to the zeroah, each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all these symbolic foods, charoset is definitely my favorite and I have to agree with Gil Marks when he says in the  …

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Eating Jewish: A new twist on Gefilte Fish: Halibut and Salmon Terrine

Eating Jewish: A new twist on Gefilte Fish: Halibut and Salmon Terrine

… of its ubiquitous glass jar and find a dish of necessity and ingenuity that is intricately tied to Jewish tradition.

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Eating Jewish: Charoset medley

Charoset medley

Although most, if not all, Jewish holiday meals use certain foods and dishes to symbolize various elements of the celebration, the seder meal does so in a way that is integral to the ritual of the meal itself. From the  maror to the zeroah, each has its place in the structure of the seder. Of all these symbolic foods, charoset is definitely my favorite and I have to agree with Gil Marks when he says in the  …

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Police arrest suspect in L.A. Jewish center bombing

Police arrest suspect in L.A. Jewish center bombing

… The man is believed to be Ron Hirsch, 60, a transient known to spend time at synagogues and other Jewish community centers seeking charity, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles. He was wanted on state charges of possession of a destructive device and unrelated local charges, and was arrested in suburban Cleveland Heights.

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Russian Billionaire wants Jewish al-Jazeera

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.

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Russian billionaire to found ‘Jewish Al-Jazeera’

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.

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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?

… 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, because he can score and he can rebound, but he’s also a …

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Confessions of a Jewish infant genital mutilator

Confessions of a Jewish infant genital mutilator

In the course of the exhaustive research that preceded the writing of this column ‏(yes, I did a quick Google search‏), I learned 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 …

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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

… 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.

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

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”

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?

… 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 field’s decline …

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