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With security plan pitched, U.S. optimism on peace talks not shared by Israelis and Palestinians
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
December 12, 2013

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry was CONTINUE »

Messianic Jews, also known as Hebrew Christians, hand out latkes and sufganiyot at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Hebrew Christian groups giving out latkes and sufganiyot to lure Jewish students to their faith
BY Marc Shapiro
December 12, 2013

University of Maryland, College Park students received unexpected Chanukah presents this year in the form of free latkes and sufganyot outside of the student union. But these treats came with a side order of Jesus. The table, erected last week, was being run by Chosen People Ministries, a group of messianic Jews and gentiles that CONTINUE »

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December 11, 2013

It is never easy to say goodbye. But that is what is happening. I have the unpleasant task of telling you that I am leaving the JT, and I am taking a job in Kansas City. This is a difficult conversation for me to have with you, not because things have gone badly; just the CONTINUE »

BY Larry Luxner
December 11, 2013

Can a simple handshake in South Africa someday lead to freedom for a Maryland man who’s been rotting in a Cuban jail for the last four years? On Tuesday morning, President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro while both leaders were attending the funeral of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. The gesture, which the CONTINUE »

BY Dmitriy Shapiro
December 10, 2013

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message, following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israel-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry accompanied CONTINUE »