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    May 20, 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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    Israel could be banned from world soccer

    May 20, 2015 4 Comments
    There has always been a belief in world soccer that what Fifa President Sepp Blatter wants, Sepp Blatter gets.
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    MMA law splits New York Jewish community

    May 05, 2015 Go comment!
    A group of prominent Jewish leaders in New York have caused a stir by calling for the ban on mixed martial arts (MMA) in the state to remain in place.
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    Chabad Nepal at the forefront of relief

    May 05, 2015 1 Comment
    In the wake of the devastating earthquake, Chabad in Nepal has taken a lead in relief efforts. Thousands have lost their lives. Many are still missing; buildings and homes stand in ruin.
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    Yiddish paper beloved by Polish Jewry of old

    Apr 15, 2015 Go comment!
    Looking for news from the provinces? A husband? Sholem Aleichem’s book tour schedule? Published between 1908 and 1939, Haynt (along with Der Moment) was one of the two widest-circulation, longest-running Yiddish newspapers in Poland. Well-known writers (even some you’ve probably heard of), like IL Peretz and Sholem Aleichem, published columns in it.
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    ‘Not working on dead stones, but living hearts’

    Apr 15, 2015 Go comment!
    They call it a nail in the bridge, because although progress has been made in relations between Jews and Christians, the work of the Foundation for Penance and Reconciliation “falls into insignificance” in closing the huge chasm. This is according to Pastor Kees Sybrandi, spiritual leader of the Foundation.
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    Whither the Jewish left on ISIS?

    Apr 09, 2015 3 Comments
    It would be nice to hear the voice of BDS-SA right now, stating their concern for Palestinian human rights. This time concerning another “villain” rather than Israel, however.
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    Steamy romance story set atop Masada

    Mar 29, 2015 Go comment!
    The TV dramatisation of the Masada story from the bestselling book, Dovekeepers, is a “four-hour limited event series”. For SAJR Online’s many US users, it premieres in 2 consecutive 2-hour episodes: Tuesday March 31 & Wednesday April 1 (9 -11pm, ET). The rest of us will have to download it or wait for it to arrive on our shores. This will be a made-for-TV blockbuster so we can all expect it soon. One of the stars is Cote de Pablo, who plays an Israeli in NCIS. It turns out she isn't Israeli, or even Jewish, despite being typecast as such. Find out who she really is…
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    Oscar nods again for SA man, world Jewry

    Feb 24, 2015 Go comment!
    When Oscars were doled out, Cape Jewish human rights activist Eric Abraham won his second gong - for the film Ida. Other Other films with Jewish awardees were: Birdman; Imitation Game; Grand Budapest Hotel; Boyhood. The “In Memoriam” featured Jews Menachem Golan; Mike Nichols; and Lauren Bacall - but they forgot Joan Rivers. Another awardee is the son of Pres. Obama’s liaison to US Jewry & Michelle Obama’s chief of staff. Read about all the Jewish winners…
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    Denmark synagogue attack seen as 'wake-up call'

    Feb 19, 2015 1 Comment
    From the window of the Jewish community of Copenhagen's crisis centre, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes.
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    India’s Jewish community: Not going down without a fight

    Feb 11, 2015 2 Comments
    India was always a country I wanted to visit, but I never seemed to find the right reason to go. This changed recently when I was able to participate on a first-ever trip to India for 15 Jewish young professionals from around the world organised by JDC Entwine, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s young adult arm.
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    UK up police in Jewish areas after Paris

    Jan 18, 2015 4 Comments
    British police are increasing security patrols around Jewish areas in response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. “The global picture of terrorist activity does give us heightened concern about the risk to the Jewish community in the UK,” said Britain’s assistant police commissioner and lead counterterrorism official Mark Rowley in a statement Friday. This was confirmed at a Whitehouse press conference by Prime Minister David Cameron last night.
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    CNN anchor resigns over Israel tweets

    Jan 18, 2015 3 Comments
    34-year Veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy stood down Friday, a week after a series of Twitter posts in which he mocked pro-Israel tweeters on a thread discussing Charlie Hebdo massacre. Neither CNN nor Clancy gave a reason for his departure, which was reported Friday. Clancy had worked at CNN for 34 years. Clancy had been in trouble over questionable tweets but there can be little doubt that it was as a result of last week’s controversial tweets about Israel.
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    Colder than inside your deep freezer

    Jan 14, 2015 Go comment!
    Spare a thought for your family & friends in eastern Canada & the north-eastern US who endured weather colder than your deep-freezer on Tuesday morning – with the mercury reaching (a feels-like) -27C at 8:34 am.
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    US Jews favour Chinese food for their Xmas lunch

    Dec 31, 2014 1 Comment
    Lack of available options may have started what has become a full-fledged ritual among American Jewry. A regular user submitted this story to share with other users – it starts off with a howler of a short video during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s 2010 confirmation hearing which, more than any other single moment, may have transitioned the tradition from “from kitsch into codified custom” says Adam Chandler, writing on this week. Read, enjoy, laugh...
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    Jewish students aim to take back US campuses

    Dec 20, 2014 Go comment!
    Intimidation and hostility targeting Jewish and pro-Israel groups is gaining pace on US college campuses, just as it is globally. Now, Jerusalem U are partnering with national campus organisations like Hillel, AEPi, and StandWithUs to reach 100 college campuses with their new film, Beneath the Helmet (see YouTube trailer), which “documents the coming-of-age stories of five Israeli soldiers and connects audiences to the inspiring lives of the brave young men and women who are committed to their nation and the safety of the Jewish people.”
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    German Jewry is 'sitting on their suitcases'

    Dec 17, 2014 13 Comments
    Gabriel Goldberg, a member of the Zionist Fed in Germany and an attendee at this month’s WZO conference in Belgium, shares through a speech he delivered to a rally in Cologne on 17 Aug exactly what it feels like to be a Jew in Europe, and, specifically Germany, in 2014. Goldberg was a delegate the WZO’s conference on “Tactics of Countering anti-Semitism in the Face of Ongoing Media Incitement and Worldwide anti-Semitic Incidents.” While traditionally held in France, this year’s conference was in Belgium in solidarity with a community under severe distress.
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    Muslims & Jews Unite vs. A&F

    Dec 17, 2014 3 Comments
    7 Orthodox groups join case for Muslim girl who didn’t fit US retailer A&F’s “look policy” because she wore a hijab. What about kipot?
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    BDS’ US opponents cite intimidation in vote

    Dec 17, 2014 1 Comment
    US union activists are set to oppose a decision by UAW 2865 – the local union chapter which represents more than 13,000 teaching assistants, tutors, and other student-workers at the University of California – to join the BDS campaign. The vote and abuse of the system was antithetical to the most basic principles of labour, said the Teamsters. BDS opponents were intimidated in flagrant violation of union rules, , polls were staffed by pro-BDS campaigners, and attempts were made to forcibly evict anti-BDS voters.
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    Ebola - humanitarian tragedy on monumental scale

    Oct 29, 2014 3 Comments
    The extent of media coverage of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has surpassed even the swine influenza scare of 2009. Much of it has been alarming and global bodies have responded accordingly. On August 8 the Director-General of the World Health Organisation declared the disease a public health emergency of international concern. PROFESSOR BARRY SCHOUB, recipient of the Jewish Report Achiever Award for Arts, Science, Sports & Culture in 2012, volunteered his services to explain more about it for SAJR readers. This is a fascinating read…
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