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    • Magen David

    Conversion means a lifelong commitment with no turning back

    Nov 26, 2015 1 Comment
    Conversion to Judaism has become a controversial subject and the process of conversion differs in expectations and accepted norms across communities worldwide. The Jewish Report examined three different communities’ approaches.
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    • Pollard and wife HOME

    Jonathan Pollard freed after 30 years

    Nov 22, 2015 Go comment!
    Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel in 1987, was freed from a federal prison in North Carolina. Pollard was released on parole early on Friday after serving 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified documents to Israel. The World Jewish Congress posted this photo of a smiling Pollard, seated in in front of his wife, Esther. But his parole comes with some serious provisos...
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    Jewish primary school evacuated by bomb squad

    Nov 22, 2015 Go comment!
    A Jewish primary school and house were evacuated after a suspicious package was found there last Friday (pictured at left). Pupils and staff and neighbours were sent home early and the police detonated a “suspicious package” - a suitcase - in a controlled explosion after cordoning off the street at the back of Gateshead Jewish Primary School in England.
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    • Paris Shul HOME

    Tight security as 200 pray at Paris shul

    Nov 16, 2015 Go comment!
    "Ordinary French people, other Europeans and people worldwide are beginning to understand how Jews live and the reality in Israel," said Samual Sandler.
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    • Melbourne

    A little bit of South Africa in a Melbourne shul

    Oct 28, 2015 Go comment!
    The “tidal wave” of emigration from South Africa, following the Soweto riots, fear of a bloodbath instead of the new peaceful transition to democracy, the scarcity of jobs, black economic empowerment and the falling rand, led many young Jewish families to relocate to Australia, where there are similarities to South Africa in the climate and an approach to traditional Judaism.
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    • Rivlin Czech HOME

    Israeli President at emotional tree-planting

    Oct 23, 2015 1 Comment
    President Reuven Rivlin visited the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in what is now the Czech Republic. He laid a wreath and participated in an emotional official ceremony, accompanied by the Czech president. Read how Rivlin, together with an 86-year-old survivor, replanted a Maple Wood tree grown from a cutting of the original she and other camp kids planted in secret on Tu B'Shvat in 1943. The ceremony was extremely emotional.
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    • Logo

    Inspired by remarkable heroism of Israelis

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL! "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," says Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. "Israelis go about their daily lives with determination and dignity in defiance of the violence. In this spirit it has been a privilege to see how so many Israelis are preparing for this year’s Shabbos Project."
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    • SNL HOME

    David does Bernie in ‘SNL’ Democratic spoof

    Oct 19, 2015 Go comment!
    When it comes to getting YouTube hits, getting almost two-and-a-half million in 24 hours is good in anyone’s terms. Saturday Night Live’s spoof on CNN’s US Democratic debate last week is so good that it deserves it. Jewish curmudgeon Larry David, who also has his own HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, plays Hillary Clinton’s main opponent Bernie Sanders, clearly a role David was born to play. Watch the short video…
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    • Pew Survey

    US Jewry's strong call to action on Pew

    Oct 14, 2015 Go comment!
    A whopping 60 per cent of US Jews who have married since 2000, chose non-Jewish spouses. This was just one of many shocking statistics that emerged in the biggest survey of US Jewry to date, contacted by the highly respected Pew Research Centre in 2013. The study caused an enormous mind-set shift among US religious and communal leadership. Now, on the second anniversary of the publication of the study, the US Jewish leadership has published an extensive assessment of what has to be done to try to reverse the current trends.
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    • Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

    Teaching about Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Sep 30, 2015 3 Comments
    As a rabbi and Jewish educator, Laurie Zimmerman, a US rabbi and education director, expresses concern as to "Why our Jewish institutions encourage critical thinking when teaching ancient Jewish texts - challenging learners to consider multiple voices, give expression to minority viewpoints and ask difficult questions - but when teaching about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they avoid this approach." Having just returned from Israel for the new US school year, read what she has to say...
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    • Trumps HOME

    Trump to get his third kosher grandchild

    Sep 27, 2015 1 Comment
    Yes, you read right, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who converted in 2009, announced that she is expecting her third child with Jared Kushner. She is an executive in her famous father’s business. Her little ones (aged two and four) helped spread the news by posing in a photo widely distributed on Mom’s many and various social network platforms. The Kushner/Trump household keep kosher and observe Shabbat. Grandpa and leading Republican presidential candidate, Donald, sent his best wishes on Twitter. SEE THE VIDEO...
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    • Offer

    What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the US-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.
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    • SPOTLIGHTING LOGO

    Rabbi Berland found - out of reach of Israeli police

    Aug 05, 2015 3 Comments
    Rabbi Berland - who escaped extradition from Holland to Israel last month by disappearing as stealthily as he had from SA last year - has been found. Berland is reportedly on a Caribbean island which has no extradition treaty with Israel. Petit Tobacco Island is so small that it does not appear on Google Maps. The major Dutch daily, Telegraaf, reported this morning that to reach the small island in the Tobago Cays from the Netherlands, one would have to fly to London, Barbados, St Vincent & finally travel by boat. All at a cost of R50 000 per person!
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    Decision to attend Jewish school in UK complex

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    Jewish education in the United Kingdom has been a contentious issue for thousands of parents comprising the Jewish community of approximately 300 000. The question of whether or not to choose a Jewish education for one’s children brings with it a complexity of factors.
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  • Around the Jewish World

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    A weekly summary of briefs on some of the top issues in the Jewish media worldwide brought to you by Jewish Report staff writers. The SAJR newsroom sees hundreds of stories every week – not all can make it into the newspaper as a major story, of course, but many of them are worth bringing to the attention of our readers. This is “Around The Jewish World” and readers who have a specific interest in any of these briefs can search more broadly for more.
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    Who do these ‘anti-Iran’ Jewish groups represent

    Jul 29, 2015 Go comment!
    When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles came out with a strongly worded statement last week opposing the Iran nuclear deal, it became one of a handful of federations across the country to stake out a clear position on the agreement.
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    • Israel

    Growing criticism of Israel in Diaspora

    Jul 24, 2015 4 Comments
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Diaspora Jewry is increasingly critical of Israel and young Diaspora Jews are growing more alienated from the Jewish state, a new study found.
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    • Medoff

    WWII rescuer of Jewish children passes on

    Jul 08, 2015 2 Comments
    Last week’s passing of Nicholas Winton at the age of 106, the London stockbroker who rescued more than 600 Jewish children from the Nazis on the eve of the Second World War, has drawn attention to the phenomenon of ordinary individuals who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust.
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    • Rabbi Eliezer Berland HOME2

    R. Berland flees Holland, not hospitalised - reports

    Jul 07, 2015 1 Comment
    After Dutch Court rejects appeal & authorises extradition to Israel last Tuesday, Shuvu Bonim head allegedly went to hospital in Holland. He was ordered to turn himself in to Dutch police on Monday 6 July but, it seems, R. Berland (pic) had, in fact, slipped away & fled to an undisclosed country which has no extradition treaty with Israel. He has evaded deportation for almost 3 years, twice by the Hawks in SA. Read about the Rabbi-on-the-run's spurious claims in his appeal, which held no sway with the Dutch court.
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    • Pope

    Jewish-Catholic ties may be threatened by Vatican

    May 20, 2015 3 Comments
    When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic”, say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church.
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