Sanders: Being Jewish Taught Me ‘What Politics Is About’

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A day after a radio host falsely said that Sen. Bernie Sanders has Israeli citizenship, the candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke publicly about how his Jewish identity has influenced him. In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor last week, Sanders (I-Vt.) said that he was “not particularly religious” but that as a… Read More

Israeli Magician Breaks Guinness Mark with Coexistence Magic Lesson

JERUSALEM — An Israeli magician and a Haifa coexistence group broke the Guinness World Record for the largest magic lesson. The magician, Cagliostro, taught a group of 1,573 fifth- and-sixth graders from Haifa a card trick on June 1. The event, called “Haifa Magic for Peace,” was held in conjunction with Beit Hagefen, a cultural… Read More

Google, AMIA Put History of Argentina’s Jews Online

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BUENOS AIRES — Google and the AMIA Jewish Center have published online a collection of images and text about the history of the Jews of Argentina, from the first Jewish immigration to the present. The online exhibit, “Jews in Argentina, 1860-2015,” was launched May 27 at Google headquarters in Buenos Aires, in the redeveloped area… Read More

Ancient Jerusalem Aqueduct Discovered During Sewer Work

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JERUSALEM — A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work. The aqueduct, which was excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was found in the Umm Tuba neighborhood, near Har Homa. It begins near Solomon’s Pools south of Bethlehem and continues for… Read More

Shabbat-Observant Student Prerecorded Saturday Commencement Speech

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A graduating senior at Binghamton University in New York delivered the commencement speech via a prerecorded video since it fell on Shabbat. Don Greenberg, of Teaneck, N.J., stood at the podium on stage during the Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering commencement on May 16, but did not speak live. Orthodox Jews such as Greenberg… Read More

Nobel Medal of German Doc Who Shielded Jews Brings $395K

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LOS ANGELES — A Nobel Prize medal that belonged to a German doctor who shielded Jews in pre-Holocaust Germany fetched $395,000 at an auction. The medal, auctioned off on April 30 through Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles, had a gold value of about $8,700 and was put on the market by the grandson… Read More

Obama Playfully Skewers Journalists Over Netanyahu Controversy

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President Barack Obama took a playful jibe at journalists over the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. “It is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said Saturday night at the… Read More

UC Santa Barbara Students Vote Down BDS

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The University of California, Santa Barbara student senate narrowly voted down an Israel divestment resolution. Following an eight-hour debate, the resolution was defeated on April 16 in a vote of 13 against and 12 in favor, with one abstention. The Associated Students Senate president cast the deciding vote against the resolution. The resolution, written by… Read More

Int’l Soccer Chief Rejects Palestinian Ban Bid

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The president of FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, expressed opposition to a Palestinian request to ban Israel from international competition. Sepp Blatter (pictured at left) told the French news agency AFP last week that “such a situation shall not occur at the FIFA Congress because suspension of a federation for any reason is… Read More

Guilford College’s Hillel Declares Itself ‘Open’

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The Hillel chapter at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., said it will no longer abide by Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel-related issues. The announcement that the Guilford Hillel had joined the so-called Open Hillel movement, which includes Swarthmore, Vassar and Wesleyan, came in a Facebook posting on April 1. “At Guilford’s Hillel, we have a… Read More