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 By Lilit Marcus    Features    June 7, 2013

In crowdsourcing for weddings, new methods for an old idea

NEW YORK (JTA)—When Amanda Melpolder began planning her wedding to Jeff Greenberg, she hoped the ceremony would be unlike others. Melpolder had become involved in an independent minyan in Brooklyn... Full story


Byzantine-era mosaic uncovered in kibbutz fields

The Israel Antiquities Authority recently uncovered a magnificent mosaic dating to the Byzantine period in the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama, during an archaeological excavation being carried out prior... Full story


Jewish-Muslim troupe seeks peace through drama

Tasking themselves with the lofty idea of making peace through drama, Jerusalem’s Y Theater attempts to embrace Jerusalem’s beauty and conflicts to enable a public discourse that is... Full story

 By Emma Silvers    Features    June 7, 2013

Kvell on wheels: Roller derby star Fatal Dreidel

There are still about 10 minutes until the match starts, but the noise from the sellout crowd inside the Oakland (Calif.) Convention Center has reached a dull roar. As the anticipation builds, referee... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    June 7, 2013

Protests in Turkey: Can Erdogan weather the storm?

Widespread protests in Turkey are threatening the decade-long rule of Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, raising questions over his ambitions to transform his country. The... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    June 7, 2013

Why did Israel's promising electric carmaker fail?

TEL AVIV (JTA)—It was supposed to be the car of the future, a near-silent, battery-powered vehicle that would wean the West off its dependence on Middle Eastern oil and save the environment in the... Full story


In Senate, Lautenberg maintained commitment to the Jewish community

WASHINGTON (JTA)—In 1982, Frank Lautenberg was running for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate spot at a time when  Democrats in the state were down on their political fortunes. The Jewish community knew an... Full story

 By Moira Schneider    News    June 7, 2013

After nine months of captivity, Jewish doctor returns to hero's welcome

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA)—Cyril Karabus stepped into the arrivals hall at Cape Town International Airport to a rapturous welcome. A multiracial crowd numbering in the hundreds had turned out to greet him. A minstrel troupe was singing... Full story


Rahm's big brother offers up family secrets

OK, let’s face it. One of the burning questions of the day, if you happen to be a Jewish parent, is: How do I get my kids to grow up like those Emanuel boys? You know: Ari, the wealthy L.A. talent a... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    Features    June 7, 2013

Israel under the radar

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Here are some stories out of Israel that you may have missed: Record-setting Shabbat table? The central Israeli city of Bnei Brak set what is believed to be the world’s longest Shabbat table. At 197 feet long, the table set with c... Full story


Israel will build it so they will come

JERUSALEM—For a tiny country, Israel has a lot to offer: sacred sites, archaeology, beaches, mountains, food, wine—and even eco- and medical tourism. So officials are puzzled and concerned that the number of tourists visiting Israel has not... Full story


In Senegalese bush, Bani Israel tribe claims Jewish heritage

BANI ISRAEL, Senegal (JTA)—He will welcome you into his earthen-floor home, introduce you to his three wives, and let you sample their cooking. But Dougoutigo Fadiga does not want foreigners to... Full story


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