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By boycotting government Holocaust commemorations, Hungary’s Jews forge new path
BY Ruth Ellen Gruber/JTA
June 19, 2014

Budapest, Hungary — It isn’t every day that Jewish organizations reject funding for Holocaust commemorations. But that’s what happened in Hungary this spring when Jewish groups refused nearly $1 million in special state grants to protest what they see as the government’s whitewashing of Hungarian complicity in the Holocaust. “We wanted to send a very CONTINUE »

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With three teens missing, Israelis consider alternatives
BY Linda Gradstein
June 19, 2014

ALON SHVUT — The group of several dozen seventh-graders had just finished school and were preparing to return to their homes in this bloc of communities near Bethlehem in the area Israel acquired in 1967. A few of the boys, their skullcaps blowing in the wind, stuck out their index fingers — the Israeli equivalent CONTINUE »

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Can American Jews support an Israeli president who is both a staunch democrat and an opponent of a two-state solution?
BY David Holzel
June 19, 2014

The election of Reuven Rivlin as president of Israel has left many American Jewish groups in a quandary about whether he shares their values or not. Rivlin, 74, was a champion of Israel’s minorities when he served as speaker of the Knesset, but he opposes a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a position that CONTINUE »

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Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Cruz makes his case for the Jewish vote
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 12, 2014

A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential race has embarked on a foreign-policy binge of late, with a strong focus on Israel and the Jewish community. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, returned to Washington this week after a tour of Europe and the Middle CONTINUE »

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Reuven Rivlin, Israeli presidential front-runner, champions pluralism in politics but not Judaism
BY Ben Sales/JTA
June 5, 2014

TEL AVIV — The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title. Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to succeed Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post chosen by CONTINUE »