Magic in Morocco

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Shared values. Mutual trust. Common interests. Strong friendship. These were some of the phrases President Barack Obama used late last month following a meeting with King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The two countries share a historic relationship; one that began in the 18th century and continues to thrive. What is more fascinating than the strong… Read More

Menorahs Vandalized in States, Abroad

Jews celebrate Chanukah in Budapest, Hungary.

Half-way through the Chanukah holiday, and already several chanukiot have been vandalized, according to JTA Wire Service. First, a 6-foot menorah in front of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah was vandalized. Three branches of the menorah were ripped off its left side and dropped in front of the Chabad House in Salt Lake City early Sunday… Read More

Israeli Wine Reaches Vietnam

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Israel’s Golan Heights Winery launches its award winning range of wines in Vietnam reflecting its rapid growth in an ever increasing Asian wine culture. The Golan Heights Winery, which produces, markets and exports premium wines worldwide, has been selected to be the first Israeli winery to be marketed to Vietnam. As part of a new… Read More

Analysis: A Closer Look At The P5+1-Iranian Agreement

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There wasn’t a news site by last Sunday morning void of a story about the historic deal — or “mistake,” as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was calling it — which was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France plus Germany) late last Saturday night. But,… Read More

Iran, Major Powers Achieve Interim Deal On Nuclear Program

Iran and the major powers achieved an interim deal to freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief. “We have reached an agreement,” Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister leading talks in Geneva, said on his Twitter feed early Sunday morning. According to a White House statement sent to reporters later in the… Read More

Anti-Semitism At Work

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Anti-Semitism is one of the most alarming examples of how prejudice can endure, lingering on for centuries, curbing Jewish people’s chances to enjoy their legally guaranteed rights to human dignity, freedom of thought, conscience and religion or non-discrimination. So starts a foreword by Morten Kjaerum to the study, “Discrimination and hate crimes against Jews in… Read More

Israeli-Iranian DJ Group Spins For Peace In Berlin

Israeli DJ Roy Siny (left) and Iranian DJ Afagh Irandoost at the first No Beef party in Berlin.

It’s 4 a.m. at the famous Kater Holzig club and hundreds of beautiful young people are going crazy on the dance floor to the sound of heavy electronic beats. To the casual clubber, it’s just another ordinary night out in Europe’s hottest city. But this gathering is far from ordinary. Many of those dancing are… Read More

Absurd And Unreal

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Whenever there is a profound social or financial crisis, covert anti-Semitism will make its way to the surface. That was the message Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, delivered regarding the recent vocal surge of anti-Semitic sentiments in Greece, mainly through the Golden Dawn Party, which now hold seats in the… Read More

Not Home For Chanukah

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For Julie August, coping with her son Josh’s decision to move halfway around the world and join the Israeli Defense Forces last year was not easy. “It would be hard enough to have him serving while I was there,” said August, who lived in Israel for a time before moving to the Baltimore area. “But… Read More

Analysis: The Global Jewish Shuk

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It was a shuk — a marketplace — of ideas. Attendees heard new and familiar voices. There was an abundance of give and take. At the 2013 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which ran from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 in Jerusalem, participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the… Read More