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WASHINGTON (JTA) – Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more. Gross’ flight home to suburban … more
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian Jewish ragman, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book. The legendary star of 87 movies (who can forget “Spartacus”?) can look … more
WASHINGTON (JTA) – The U.S. Senate confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform movement leader, for a State Department post. On Dec. 12, Saperstein, in a 61-35 vote, won confirmation as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. … more
WASHINGTON (JTA) – The massive spending bill passed by Congress includes defense assistance for Israel along with tightened oversight of Palestinian funding and Iran nuclear talks. Included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill passed in the … more
BALTIMORE (JTA) – Gil Marks baked. He cooked. He authoritatively discussed culinary traditions – traditions, period – of Jews from seemingly every culture. Trained as a rabbi and social worker, he earned prestigious awards for writing … more
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Rawan Masalha and Inbar Shaked-Vardi were in their ninth-grade geography class earlier this year when a fight began over the name of their textbook, “Israel: Its People and Area.” “The Palestinian students started … more
JTA – Jewish groups called for civil and serious discussion about race, democracy and justice in the wake of a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African-American teen in Ferguson. … more
NEW YORK (JTA) – Sharing their favorite Jewish chocolate experiences recently, a group of about 60 chocolate lovers didn’t even mention Hanukkah gelt.That is, until one woman at the New Jersey get-together shared her thoughts on the … more
JTA – Surely the Torah’s redactors never imagined that their Dinah — voiceless daughter of Jacob and Leah, rape victim avenged by her brothers — would one day be portrayed on the small screen as a lusty young midwife’s apprentice who takes … more
OXON HILL, Md. (JTA) – There were the vice president of the United States, two Supreme Court justices and an Academy Award-winning actress with a compelling Jewish story. There were Jewish professionals, lay leaders, clergy and recent college … more
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