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Fifty years later, civil rights volunteers reflect on activist lives
BY Dina Weinstein/JTA
August 21, 2014

At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, Miss., the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves. It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back in 1964 and have gone on to do CONTINUE »

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New poll shows Republicans as stronger Israel supporters
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 14, 2014

A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans more sympathetic than Democrats to Israel has Republican Jewish activists crowing and their Democratic counterparts questioning whether the poll gives an accurate picture of support for Israel. “For years, public opinion polls have documented the large gap in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans 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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Sen. Rand Paul caught off guard with question on aid to Israel
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 14, 2014

Although the 2016 presidential election is still a long way off, prospective candidates are already more than testing the waters for their presidential bids — primarily in the open Republican field. A potential presidential campaign means greater attention is being focused on past campaign promises by a hungry media eager to pick up on every CONTINUE »

BY JTA
August 13, 2014

Police have ramped up patrols in the Northeast Miami neighborhood where Rabbi Joseph Raksin was murdered last Saturday on his way to a local synagogue in the hopes of catching Raksin’s killer or killers. On Monday, hundreds attended the funeral in Miami for Raksin, an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who was shot on his way CONTINUE »