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Jewish schools have varied response to new standards
BY Heather Norris
May 29, 2014

With the federally backed Common Core State Standards making waves in Maryland’s public schools, local day schools — although private — may not be totally immune to the controversial changes. It is “important for us as a school that the school and the faculty be aware of what our students’ peers are learning at other CONTINUE »

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Roman Polonsky, director of the unit for Russian-speaking Jewry, shares his experiences from recent trip with The Associated
BY Marc Shapiro
May 29, 2014

For a Jewish community that is just beginning to find itself, the turbulent situation in Ukraine is putting the culture in jeopardy. “There is a feeling not only of unrest, but shock,” said Roman Polonsky, director of the unit for Russian-speaking Jewry of the Jewish Agency for Israel. “When Jews become targets … it’s very CONTINUE »

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Fight over J Street continues in print
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 29, 2014

An organization claiming to represent Reform and Conservative congregants has published full-page ads in Jewish newspapers across the country blasting their denomination’s leaders for supporting the inclusion of the “pro-peace pro-Israel” group J Street in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. While the criticism of the religious leadership is clear, it is CONTINUE »

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Hong Kong makes pitch for deeper business ties with ‘startup nation’ Israel
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
May 29, 2014

Israel’s business community has increasingly turned eastward toward booming Asian markets — so much so it was recently reported that in 2014, Israel is expected to export more on an annual basis to Asia than it will to the United States. Fittingly, then, Asian countries had a major presence at the prestigious MIXiii — Israel CONTINUE »

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Making sense of Pope Francis’s whirlwind Mideast trip
BY Alex Traiman/JNS.org
May 29, 2014

After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, unscheduled photo opportunities, and debilitating traffic arrangements, Israelis and interfaith relations experts are trying to attach the appropriate symbolism to Pope Francis’ visit to the region. Nearly every stop made by the pontiff was subjected to simultaneous scrutiny CONTINUE »