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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 »

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Polish Jewish community is evolving, growing and embracing its roots
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 12, 2013

In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, instantly murdering about 20,000 Jews and bombing approximately 50,000 Jewish-owned factories, workshops and stores in more than 120 local communities. Several hundred synagogues were also destroyed. Within a month, all Polish Jews were either confined to ghettos or in hiding. Then the Nazis began liquidating the ghettos. Within 18 CONTINUE »

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Unlikely right-left partnership floated to oppose Bedouin resettlement
BY Ben Sales
December 12, 2013

They can’t agree on the project’s goal. They can’t agree on who supports it. They can’t even agree on its name. But when it comes to the Israeli government’s plan to relocate 30,000 Negev Bedouin, representatives and allies of the Bedouin community agree with the right wing on one thing: The Prawer plan must be CONTINUE »

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 »