International News

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Pioneering academic program takes Israelis on U.S. adventure
BY Jeffrey F. Barken/JNS.org
August 14, 2014

Gur Alroey, chair of the School of History at the University of Haifa and director of the Israeli school’s pioneering Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, has likened a 10-day United States trip for the program’s students to “Reverse Taglit,” referring to the free Taglit-Birthright trips of the same length that bring diaspora Jews to CONTINUE »

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Obama taps Saperstein as ambassador of international religious freedom
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 14, 2014

After being vacant for nearly a year, the role of America’s top representative for religious freedom in the world will soon likely be occupied by a leader well known to the Washington, D.C. Jewish community. President Barack Obama on July 28 announced that he is nominating Rabbi David Saperstein, director and chief counsel of the CONTINUE »

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Increasingly, Israel’s critics blame the Jews
BY David Holzel and April Simpson
August 7, 2014

Set back from a main street on one side and obscured by trees and shrubs on another, it’s easy to miss Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue in a residential North Miami Beach neighborhood. “We don’t even have a sign in front of the synagogue,” said Miriam Bensinger, the rabbi’s wife. “People in the Jewish community CONTINUE »

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Israeli college students wage social-media battle over Jewish state’s image
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
August 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Harbor is up in flames. Large letters superimposed on the scene ask, “How would they react?” That image and many others like it have been distributed by an Israeli student initiative called “Israel Under Fire,” which now boasts more than 66,000 followers on its Facebook page. While rocket attacks continue from Gaza after CONTINUE »

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Fleeing ‘place full of death,’ Jews from eastern Ukraine weep for homeland
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
July 31, 2014

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk. Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the CONTINUE »