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Is Hillel International managing dissent or fanning flames?
BY David Holzel
December 26, 2013

Four months into his tenure as CEO of Hillel International, Eric Fingerhut says he understands several things. “Everyone understands that the discussion about Israel on campus has gotten complex. There are legitimate areas for discussion, and Hillel wants to foster robust dialogue and build connection to Israel, which is my ultimate goal.” In CONTINUE »

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Judaism is pretty cool in South Africa
BY Phyllis Steinberg
December 19, 2013

South Africa is a captivating country that offers a multitude of experiences from wildlife spotting and whale watching to spectacular scenery. Travelers can trace the history of humans with a visit to the caves at the Cradle of Mankind. They can ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town or CONTINUE »

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Philippines, recovering from typhoon, honored by JDC for WWII rescue effort
BY Larry Luxner
December 19, 2013

Thanking one Asian country for its kindness toward Jews faced with annihilation 75 years ago and warning another not to even think about harming Israel, top Jewish officials at a Dec. 11 dinner wrapped up three days of meetings that marked the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Jose L. Cuisia, CONTINUE »

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Orthodox businessman had been held in Bolivia for more than two years
BY Suzanne Pollak
December 19, 2013

Jacob Ostreicher, the Orthodox father of five who had been held against his will in Bolivia for more than two years, is back in the United States at an undisclosed location, his family announced on Tuesday, Dec. 17. “I am not sure of the details,” said his daughter, Chaya Weinberger. “I still have not heard CONTINUE »

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BY Baltimore rabbi spearheading new neighborhood in Beit Shemesh
December 12, 2013

When Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb made aliyah to Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel from Baltimore, he gave up a strong bully pulpit at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. In Israel, he said, the whole structure of community is different, and since moving, Rabbi Gottlieb has been teaching and fulfilling various other part-time rabbinical roles. Now, he is hoping to CONTINUE »