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“Tele-Vangelizing” in Israel?... What else could you call it? The name “tele-vangelizing” seems perfect! This comes from The World Jewish Congress Foundation Digest with my asides:...

 

6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Refaeli choice stirs a ruckus NEW YORK—Among Israelis, supermodel Bar Refaeli has been among the more controversial figures. It’s not because people are jealous of her looks. Or friends. Or...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Report: ‘Prisoner X’ spy Ben Zygier tipped off Hezbollah SYDNEY (JTA)—The man known as Prisoner X unwittingly leaked classified information to Lebanese authorities, leading to the arrest of two Hezbollah agents who were spying for Israel. Ben...

 
 By Gil Shefler    News    March 29, 2013

In Florida, Venezuelan Jewish expats set down new roots

SUNNY ISLES BEACH (JTA)—Sitting outside a Starbucks coffee shop in this small city north of Miami Beach, Paul Hariton recalls the dramatic night in 2002 when he and his wife decided to leave their...

 

Holocaust commemoration marks shift for Greek Jews in fight against neo-Nazis

THESSALONIKI, Greece (JTA)—Antonis Samaras stood in the pale morning light coming through the stained glass windows of the only Thessaloniki synagogue to survive World War II and vowed, “Never...

 

New York a mecca for heavenly deli, aka Jewish soul food

In preparation for my upcoming annual New York trip, I have been scouring the dining pages of the New York Times to find out about all the new, hot restaurants. Getting reservations is always a challenge. Booking weeks in advance is a must, even...

 

Seeking Kin: In two cases, the lost are found

BALTIMORE (JTA)—Earlier this month, a “Seeking Kin” column concluded with Rozanne Dittersdorf of New York expressing hope that Phyllis Garfunkel, a childhood friend with whom she lost contact in...

 
 By Gil Shefler    News    March 29, 2013

New study offers tips on engaging Jewish teens

NEW YORK (JTA)—Trying to interest teenagers in activities is difficult, parents and teachers know well, especially given what technology has done to the attention spans of young people. So how to...

 

Giving the familiar a new look

In the entrance hallway of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ben Rubin’s new video installation projects light onto Broadway and into the lobby and adjacent courtyard. Suspended from the high ceiling, the screen carries a series of 5,378 colored...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2013

Egyptian political turmoil spurs Jewish refugees to chronicle 2nd Exodus'

(JTA)—Frolicking with her fiance in the cool waters of the Suez Canal, Lilian Abada would never have imagined she was about to experience the first of a string of events that would ultimately lead...

 
 By ared Sichel    News    March 29, 2013

Coca-Cola has kosher for Passover predicament in California

It contains pure cane sugar, is chametz-free, may taste better than the year-round beverage—and is effectively off-limits in the state of California. While the story of kosher for Passover Coca-Cola may not be as riveting as God unleashing swarms...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 29, 2013

On Hezbollah terrorist group's designation, will Peres's plea move the EU?

With the civil war raging in Syria and Iran’s continued pursuit of its suspected nuclear weapons program, the Hezbollah terrorist group stands as a bridge to those growing threats facing Israel....

 

From sands to skyscrapers: Tel Aviv launches the future

NEW YORK—Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai recently came to New York City to talk about his city of sun, sand, skyscrapers, and start-ups. With “just two minutes” on a winter afternoon to introduce the...

 

Unlikely teammates: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his manager on Jewish-black relations

Standing behind the podium of the 2013 NAACP Image Awards is a man in a tux with a red tie whose smooth, dark skin is stretched over a frame so long that it cannot fit through a standard doorway....

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 29, 2013

Film suggests Toulouse killer was disturbed, not hateful

(JTA)—Four weeks before he murdered seven people in Toulouse, France, a cheerful Mohammed Merah was filmed laughing and showing off his skiing skills to friends at a popular Alpine resort. The footage, televised on March 6, formed the opening...

 

Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook and appearance

PARIS (JTA)—Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he’s...

 

Artist Siona Benjamin brings Hindu and Muslim motifs to portrayals of biblical outcasts

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (JTA)—In the space of a single painting, Siona Benjamin juxtaposes feminism, Indian mythology and Jewish imagery. On a three-foot canvas, she’ll paint a portrait of a blue-skinned...

 

The wandering Jew of kosher wines

It was eight years ago, on a rainy afternoon at New York City’s Javits Center, while I was covering the annual Kosherfest trade show, that I first met one of the fathers of the modern kosher wine...

 

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