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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 »

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Belgian Jews gather to mourn after museum attack
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
May 29, 2014

BRUSSELS — Hunched over a small island of memorial candles for the victims of the attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Paul Ambach is lost in thought. “Once again, Jewish blood in Belgium, which is no longer Belgium,” said Ambach, a well-known Jewish musician from Antwerp, as he stared at the candles Sunday from CONTINUE »

The Urina family of Donetsk pictured at their hotel in Dnepropetrovsk before their JAFI-facilitated flight to Israel.
Six people from Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine arrived in Israel Tuesday
BY Marc Shapiro
May 28, 2014

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) facilitated an alternate flight to Israel for six Ukrainians after fighting erupted near the civilian airport in Donetsk between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels following the country’s presidential election on Monday. The group of six, including a couple from Donetsk with twin baby girls and a couple from Mariupol, CONTINUE »

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The JT’s guide to the June primaries
BY Heather Norris and Marc Shapiro
May 22, 2014

With just one month left for candidates to reach Maryland’s primary voters, the June 24 election is still anyone’s race. Last month’s Maryland Poll showed the majority of voters still undecided in both the Republican and Democratic primaries, with as many as almost seven in 10 registered Republicans unsure of who they will vote for CONTINUE »

In L.A., children of Holocaust survivors say ‘Never Again’ — with a gun
BY Anthony Weiss/JTA
May 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — It’s a sunny morning in Southern California and Lea Rosenfeld, a soft-spoken, bespectacled woman who looks like a Jewish grandmother, squares her feet, faces her target and squeezes off five shots with a handgun. All of them miss. “I never even held a gun in my hands before,” she later confesses. “I’m CONTINUE »