SodaStream to Shut West Bank Factory

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JERUSALEM — The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, is closing its West Bank factory. The company, which makes home soft-drink machines, made the announcement about its Maale Adumim facility last week. It also said that its third-quarter sales had dropped 9 percent. SodaStream said… Read More

Tech Firms Increasingly Toe Europe’s Line on Hate Speech

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A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits. The 2013 ruling by the Paris Court of Appeals settled a lawsuit brought… Read More

Latest Helmsley Grants Target Israeli Innovation

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The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced more than $9.6 million in grants to four Israeli institutions, bringing the trust’s philanthropic investment in the Jewish state to a total of $131.8 million since 2009. “These grants demonstrate our continuing philanthropic approach toward Israel,” Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel said in a statement. “They strengthen Israel’s scientific, technological… Read More

University Posts Rosenberg Letters Online

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A new website on convicted Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg provides access to a collection of more than 500 letters between the couple while they were imprisoned. The website, hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/rosenberg-archive, was launched last week by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University. Maintaining their innocence until the end, the Rosenbergs were executed on… Read More

The $50K Sukkah: Celebrating the Holiday in Style

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With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, plush seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth, and the roof is a bamboo mat. Welcome to one of a dozen private sukkahs built on… Read More

What Did King David Drink?

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The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are, in fact, remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years… Read More

Jewish Women’s Foundation takes a giant step forward

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The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches plans to become the first of 24 national Jewish women’s funds affiliated with a local federation to establish itself as an autonomous organization. “Twelve years ago, an insightful and committed group of forward-thinking Jewish women came together to implement a new philanthropic model for affecting social… Read More

Study: Test All Women of Ashkenazi Descent for BRCA Defect

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JERUSALEM — All women of Ashkenazi descent should be screened from age 30 for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer, an Israeli study recommends. The study, by a research team headed by Ephrat Levy-Lahad of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was published last Friday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences… Read More

Trailblazing Cheese Whiz Preps Special Holiday Fare

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If you’re going to Brent Delman’s home in the New York City suburb of Yonkers on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, don’t expect to see the typical meat menu. Delman and his physician wife, Patricia, plan to host a dairy lunch on the first day that features casseroles and quiches. The meal also will… Read More

Conservative Movement Expanding Access

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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, with support from the Ruderman Family Foundation, will launch an initiative to transform Conservative congregations into truly inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Through the grant, the UCSJ will work with its affiliated congregations to develop comprehensive visions and action plans on inclusion. The goal is to create congregations… Read More