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Seducing a hater on ‘Train to Zakopane’

26 November 2014

By Cynthia Citron SANTA MONICA–If you wanted to write a play to honor your father, it might be a bit inappropriate to portray him as a scoundrel. But that’s what Henry Jaglom has done in his new play Train to Zakopane, now having its World Premiere at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa […]

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Giving thanks for Thanksgiving

26 November 2014

By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — Thanksgiving is a day when Americans of all faiths sit at one spiritual table with many of the same trimmings and family customs. Thanksgiving liberates us from specific theological claims and allows us to contemplate the common creed of gratitude.  It’s the only pure festival and nobody is fighting […]

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San Diego unit joins FIDF tour of Israel

26 November 2014

JERUSALEM (Press Release) — Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) leaders and supporters from the San Diego area joined the FIDF National Leadership Mission to Israel earlier this month to show their appreciation for the brave men and women of the IDF. VIP events included meetings with Israel’s newly elected President, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, and […]

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Pranks of Israel’s premier orchestra

26 November 2014

By David Amos SAN DIEGO –Some of my readers may have heard me in a lecture or two about the Israel Philharmonic. This unique orchestra is not only an outstanding ensemble, but it has a history of humor and humorous incidents that few other organizations can rival. I read a book recently. It is titled […]

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‘House’ and the Israeli Condition

26 November 2014

  By Janice Steinberg LOS ANGELES — Along with the breakthroughs coming out of the Israeli tech industry, there’s another arena in which Israelis are breaking remarkable ground: contemporary dance. At last year’s International Exposure Dance Festival in Tel Aviv, I saw work from some 40 companies, from the still-vibrant grandmothers of modern dance in Israel—Batsheva […]

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Positively Israel ~ November 26, 2014

26 November 2014

By Michael Ordman HAIFA, Israel — When the regular news is full of distressing events, such as the recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, I try to focus my weekly positive news feature on the many life-affirming stories from Israel that barely get any attention in the international media. Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University stumbled […]

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JNS news briefs: November 26, 2014

26 November 2014

Israel demands NATO response to new Hamas headquarters in Turkey (JNS.org) Israel has demanded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) take action against one of its members, Turkey, after learning that the country allowed the Gaza-based Palestinian terror group Hamas to set up operational headquarters in Istanbul. Senior political sources in Jerusalem said Hamas […]

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Zionism unites Dershowitz, Cruz

25 November 2014

NEW YORK (Press Release)– A record crowd of over 1,100 people attended the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) 116th Louis B. Brandeis Award National Dinner on Sunday, November 23 at the New York City’s elegant Grand Hyatt Hotel. Major ZOA donors provided tables for 261 student activists from various universities around the country. Rising Republican star and […]

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Erez Meltzer to chair Hadassah Medical’s board

25 November 2014

JERUSALEM (Press Release)–The Hadassah Medical Organization Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Erez Meltzer, 59, as Chairperson of the Board. He was selected from among top-tier candidates presented by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, to the Government of Israel representatives and was approved by the Ministries of Health and Finance. Meltzer […]

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Arameans to seek recognition outside israel

25 November 2014

  By Tzvi Zucker JERUSALEM — Lost in the uproar over the proposed Nationality Bill has been the historic recognition of Arameans as a separate nationality in Israel. Israel is the first country in the world to recognize the Arameans. Israel’s historic recognition has empowered and emboldened Arameans to seek better treatment in other countries […]

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JNS news briefs: November 25, 2014

25 November 2014

Israel protests Jordanian support of synagogue terrorists’ families (JNS.org) The Israeli Embassy in Amman on Monday issued a letter of protest to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry in reaction to Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour’s letter of support to the families of the two Palestinian terrorists behind the Nov. 18 synagogue massacre in Jerusa-lem. The terrorists […]

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‘Jewish state’ bill likely to go nowhere

24 November 2014

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Currently Israeli politicians are wrapping themselves around a high intensity bit of meaninglessness, which is also dangerous, about the country’s self definition of being a Jewish state. The issue was settled 60 years ago when the founders left dangling in the Declaration of Independence the wonderful sounding ideals of being […]

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Columnist Beinart to discuss Israel here Dec. 15

24 November 2014

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)— Peter Beinart, a former editor of the New Republic and currentlyh a columnist for Haaretz, will discuss his insights into recent developments in Israel and the region, the Israel-Diaspora relationship and the changing dynamics around Israel on college campuses at 7 p.m. Monday, December 15th at  at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Center Drive, […]

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Rabbi Wolpe delves into King David’s lives

24 November 2014

By Jack Forman LA JOLLA, California — King David’s rich and full life is meticulously detailed in Samuel I and II and Chronicles, and his last years are described at the beginning of Kings I. He is a larger-than-life figure who plays a central role in Judaism because it is from King David’s lineage, according […]

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