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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 »

Women Cantors’ Network hosts annual meeting in D.C. area
BY Heather Norris
June 19, 2014

Chevy Chase was the scene of the annual Women Cantors’ Network Conference earlier this week, as more than 80 cantors, educators, soloists and other Jewish musical professionals filed in to town for the biggest WCN event of the year. “It’s a great way to reconnect with our roots,” said Lisa Levine, who chaired the event CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
June 19, 2014

With technology for braces improving, Orthodontist Michael Noorani thought he could leverage other available technologies to help patients. In January 2013, he launched AlignerMeter, an app that has patients take photos of their teeth which can help orthodontists determine if they are good candidates for invisible aligners. On Thursday, June 12, the app expanded to CONTINUE »