Articles from the January 17, 2014 edition

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Bat Mitzvah - Kayla Marilyn Lewis

Kayla Marilyn Lewis, daughter of Sheri and Tom Lewis of Winter Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Jan. 25, 2014 at Congretion of Reform Judaism. Kayla, is a seventh-grader at Indian Trails Middle school in Winter Springs where... Full story


Scene Around

Something is brewing?... As someone who was alive during the years before World War II (although very, very young), I wonder if a poll of European Jews at that time would have come up with comparable... Full story


Beth Sholom has Torah Roundtable

Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom will lead a Rabbi’s Torah Roundtable on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Villages Public Library at Pinellas Plaza, 7375 Powell Rd. (corner of 466A), Wildwood. This venue has the advantage of c... Full story


Seeking Kin: Preparing for a unique graduation in Salonika

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Scanning the list of students, Benny Natan wondered if he would recognize any names from his youth in Salonika, Greece. One of the 157 names jumped out: Nissim Tazartes. Natan, a... Full story


Hamas signals readiness for reconciliation with Fatah

The measures, announced by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during a press conference in Gaza City, are seen as a direct result of the deep crisis facing Hamas in the aftermath of the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. The Egyptian... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    January 17, 2014

Meet the Israeli bureaucrat who decides who can marry in the Jewish state

JERUSALEM (JTA)-To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country's chief rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 17, 2014

Academic group won't consider Israel boycott

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Until recently, the rule of thumb in the pro-Israel community was that the bigger the academic group, the less likely it was to consider a boycott of Israeli colleagues. But with the 30,000-member Modern Language Association set t... Full story


Bend the Arc's new leader is a black belt with a radical streak

By Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA)-When Stosh Cotler takes over as CEO of Bend the Arc, a Jewish group that fights for immigration reform, workers' rights and other domestic liberal causes, she will be... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Jewish groups remember Sharon as a warrior and peacemaker (JTA)—Jewish organizations in the United States and around the world remembered the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a military leader and a fighter for peace. “His legacy is a more... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    News    January 17, 2014

Day schools trying to put new face on financial aid

NEW YORK (JTA)-Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem. Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah has plenty of students from lower-income families and a number... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    January 17, 2014

Temple Mount report ignites concern over Israel's preservation of holy site

A recently revealed Israeli State Comptroller's report that remains under a government gag order has ignited concern over the Muslim Waqf's attempts to erase Jewish ties on the Temple Mount-Judaism's... Full story


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