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  • Using early Zionists' script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

    Ben Sales, JTA|Jul 3, 2015

    UMM EL-KHEIR, West Bank (JTA)-They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers-most of them American, most of them Jewish-plant with a purpose. They had met early Friday morning in Jerusalem and set off on an hour long bus ride through the terraced, rocky hills south of the city. Upon arriving at their destination, a Palestinian... Full story

  • After mulling suicide, Jewish author promotes laughing your way to wellness

    Maayan Jaffe, JNS|Jul 3, 2015

    Depression is laughable. It's a bold statement. But it is one that Jewish author John Shuchart of Leawood, Kan., thinks could positively impact the 14.8 million American adults who suffer from depression. Shuchart, a successful entrepreneur and insurance salesman, retired and put any future career ambitions on hold to focus on a fight that is near to his heart: the stigma and treatment of mental illness. Four years ago, Shuchart himself was in such a deep depression that he nearly attempted... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Jul 3, 2015

    Israel intercepts flotilla vessel attempting to break blockade of Gaza JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Israeli Navy intercepted an activist ship in the waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip. Commandos from the Shayetet 13 naval special forces unit boarded the Marianne of Gothenburg early Monday morning and began sailing the ship, which was trying to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza, to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The takeover of the vessel and its approximately 20 passengers was short and there were no casualties, the Israel Defense Forces sai... Full story

  • In new HBO doc, a look at writer-AIDS activist Larry Kramer, warts and all

    Curt Schleier, JTA|Jul 3, 2015

    (JTA)-It wasn't so long ago that gay men were vilified by American society at large. Back in the 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic surfaced, priests railed against them, claiming the disease was God's revenge for sinful lifestyle choices. That, of course, has changed-mostly. While there are still regular examples of anti-gay sentiments (and violence), HIV/AIDS is no longer the scourge it once was. Most Americans now support same-sex marriage and the practice is now legal in most states. If there is... Full story

  • A different kind of roasted potatoes

    Shannon Sarna|Jul 3, 2015

    (The Nosher via JTA)-I love roasted potatoes for Friday night, but sometimes they can get a bit boring. Of course you can dress up your potatoes with zaatar, mustard or even truffle oil, just to name a few of the hundreds of ways you can make roasted potatoes. But I have been perusing a lot of Middle Eastern cookbooks lately and I got it into my head to make a harissa dipping sauce to go with potatoes. What is harissa? It's a spicy chili paste native to North African cuisine and varies from coun... Full story

  • 'Orange is the New Black': The best Jewish moments from the new season

    Linda Buchwald|Jul 3, 2015

    (JTA)-"Orange Is the New Black" protagonist Piper Chapman may no longer have a Jewish husband, but that doesn't mean that Judaism isn't a huge part of the new season of the Netflix hit. In fact, religious identity is one of the biggest themes of Season 3, as many of the inmates look for something to cling to, whether it be Norma's (Annie Golden) cult or, in the case of Cindy Hayes (Adrienne C. Moore), Judaism. It's not all that surprising: The series creator Jenji Kohan is Jewish and Judaism... Full story