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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 »

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Jewish communal professionals receive training in Big Tent Judaism
BY Simone Ellin
May 29, 2014

By now, almost everyone who pays attention to Jewish American trends has heard — many times over — about the Pew Research Center’s recent survey on the state of the American Jewish community. The results of the survey, which show soaring levels of intermarriage, declining levels of synagogue affiliation and low birthrates among non-Orthodox Jews CONTINUE »

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Danielle Goldstein aims for Rio Games
BY Ben Sales/JTA
May 29, 2014

YAGUR, Israel — The crowd was sparse and admission was free. Pop music from 10 years ago blared from loudspeakers. A few families sat on bleachers near the athletes, who hopped over a low fence when it was time to compete. The Israeli Equestrian Championships wasn’t the most obvious place to look for an accomplished CONTINUE »

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Did Menendez kill pro-Israel bill to save it?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 29, 2014

The killing of a major pro-Israel bill in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week has ignited another round of finger pointing between Democratic and Republican senators, with both sides accusing the other of playing politics. Committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) pulled the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 (S. 462) from the committee’s CONTINUE »

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Kevin Manning speaks about his first time in the Middle East
BY Marc Shapiro
May 29, 2014

A major reality check came for Kevin Manning when a young mother who lives on a moshav near the Gaza Strip spoke about what everyday life is like with rockets flying overhead and a constant sense of fear for her family. “When she goes to Jerusalem and tells them they don’t have to be afraid, CONTINUE »