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  • Teen heroes: Bailey Dinman coordinates community service day for 200 teens

    Suzanne Kurtz Sloan|Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (JTA) - Bailey Dinman was surprised when she learned that homelessness was a struggle for many in the affluent Washington, D.C., suburb where she lives. "I was shocked by the statistics," said Dinman, 16. "In ninth grade, through my Hebrew school, I started volunteering at a shelter very close to my home." According to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, on any given day in the Maryland county 1,250 people experience homelessness, including 325 children. Dinman sorted...

  • Coach David Blatt's NBA hiring hailed as 'incredible' for Jewish community

    Bob Jacob, JNS.org|Jul 11, 2014

    The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man-in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of...

  • 50 years later, rabbis jailed in civil rights protest return to St. Augustine

    Dina Weinstein, JTA|Jul 11, 2014

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (JTA) — For Rabbi Richard Levy, it was an emotional return to this historic northeastern Florida city. The first time Levy came to St. Augustine 50 years ago, he and 15 other rabbis and a Reform Jewish leader endured taunts from segregationists armed with broken bottles and bricks. They were jailed along with other civil rights activists after taking part in protests at a segregated motel. “As I came here and saw the sign that said St. Augustine, I was stunned,” the Los Angeles resident told a standing room only crowd of ov...

  • Israel's first Farsi movie carries echo of actors' lost home

    Ben Sales, JTA|Jul 11, 2014

    AYANOT, Israel (JTA) - An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran. "Baba Joon," a story of familial conflict between three generations of Iranian Jewish men set to hit theaters next year, is the first Farsi movie ever to be made in Israel. Set in an Israeli agricultural village settled by Iranian immigrants, the film tells the story of Yitzchak, a Persian Israeli who, like his father, tends a turkey farm in a rural village in...

  • Sharansky warns of 'beginning of end' for European Jewry

    Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA|Jul 11, 2014

    PARIS (JTA) - On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Lights. But the Sharanskys didn't follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was an itinerary that demonstrated a different kind of commitment. "Avital is taking me to see all the places where she organized protest rallies for my release," Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Jul 11, 2014

    ‘Several Jewish suspects’ arrested in murder of Palestinian teen JERUSALEM (JTA)—”Several Jewish suspects” have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Palestinian teen, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said. The arrests in the July 2 abduction and murder of Muhammad Abu Khieder in eastern Jerusalem came Sunday morning, according to a Shin Bet statement. The suspects are being questioned, according to the statement, which added, “All other details regarding the investigation are under a judicial gag order.” One of the suspects co...

  • Zalman Schachter-Shalomi brought old world gravitas to New Age Judaism

    Ben Harris, JTA|Jul 11, 2014

    (JTA) - Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was one of the world's most innovative and influential Jewish spiritual leaders. To his followers, he was their Hasidic rebbe. But what other rebbe had dropped acid with Timothy Leary and dialogued with the Dalai Lama? Schachter-Shalomi, who died in his sleep on July 3 at his home in Boulder, Colorado, after a short bout with pneumonia, wasn't the only rabbi who tinkered radically with Jewish tradition. No one else, however, did so with the sense of...

  • Israel employs 1500 Jordanians in hotel jobs

    Felice Friedson and Linda Gradstein, The Media Line|Jul 11, 2014

    Israel’s cabinet approved a proposal by Israel’s tourism minister to hire up to 1500 Jordanians to work in hotels in Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat. The approval comes amid a growing shortage of workers and as the high summer season begins. “I see this as an important step in Israel-Jordan relations,” Tourism Minister Uzi Landau told The Media Line. “My hope is the Jordanians will come, work and enjoy the people and the salary here.” The workers will all have to be vetted by Israel’s security services. They will enter Israel each morning vi...

  • Jewish groups stand by religious freedom law, but Supremes' take divides them

    Ron Kampeas, JTA|Jul 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (JTA)-Two decades ago the Jewish community united in support of landmark religious freedom legislation. Now the Supreme Court's application of that law has Jewish groups divided. Leading Jewish advocacy groups denounced the court's 5-4 decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case granting religious freedoms protections to companies, while Orthodox groups lauded the ruling. In ruling that closely owned corporate firms with religious objections do not have to provide contraceptive coverage...

  • JNF Orlando hosts phone-a-thon to provide continued assistance to Israel

    Jul 11, 2014

    Orlando, FL—Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host an Emergency Phone-a-Thon on Tuesday, July 15 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Law Offices of Edward G. Milgrim, P.A. CEO Russell Robinson said, “All across Israel, from Sderot to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, we are providing the resources so that people can be safe and continue to enjoy a good quality of life. While these are not ideal times, I pray for the safety of the people of Israel and all who have the yearning for peace.” JNF is actively supporting Israeli firefighters, who have been on duty 24-ho...