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BY JTA
May 22, 2014

TEL AVIV— The Knesset will vote for Israel’s next president on June 10. The winner will succeed Shimon Peres, whose seven-year term ends July 27. Israel’s president, a largely ceremonial post, serves as the nation’s official head of state. Israeli citizens do not cast ballots for president. Reports emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted CONTINUE »

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ADL anti-Semitism study is historically large, but how accurate?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 22, 2014

While there seems to be no argument on the size of the Anti-Defamation League’s newly published study on anti-Semitism, concerns have arisen about the accuracy of the survey’s findings on certain countries. The “ADL Global 100,” released last week, measures anti-Semitic sentiments in 102 countries and is considered the largest poll ever conducted on the CONTINUE »

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BY Heather Norris
May 22, 2014

Long before he trained the horse that won the famed Kentucky Derby earlier this month and Preakness this past weekend, Art Sherman was just another student at Hebrew school in suburban Los Angeles. “It was a little different in that era,” said Sherman, 77, who dropped out before his bar mitzvah after a case of CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
May 22, 2014

The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel recently selected its 2014 cohort of high school students from around the country who will be given the opportunity for an immersive summer study in Israel. Rafi Lehmann, son of Pam and David Lehmann, is a junior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community Day School in Baltimore. Lehmann is the CONTINUE »

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Jewish archive staying here — for now
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 22, 2014

A much-debated artifacts collection from the historical Jewish community in Baghdad that was slated to return to Iraq will remain in the United States for an additional two years, following last week’s announcement of an agreement between Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department. The agreement extends the exhibit of a selection of the artifacts, CONTINUE »