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6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

‘Princesses’ rile 9/11 families NEW YORK—So remember that thing in our most recent “Princesses: Long Island” recap about Amanda Bertoncini’s ridiculous Drink Hanky photo shoot? You know,... Full story


Seeking Kin: Israeli reconnects with American cousin, searches for another

BALTIMORE (JTA)—In May, Tel Aviv resident Baruch Axelrod sent a letter to his first cousin, who lives in New Jersey. The letter returned unopened to Axelrod’s home because the cousin, Gary Hyman,... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 19, 2013

In Portugal, Jewish law of return moves from Facebook to law book

(JTA)—Until 2009, right-wing Portuguese politician Jose Ribeiro e Castro didn’t have much interest in the expulsion of his country’s Jewish community in the 16th century. That changed once Ribeiro e Castro opened a Facebook account. Online,... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 19, 2013

Foul-mouthed Weinstein provokes Congress in name of religious freedom

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Mikey Weinstein couldn’t be happier to have an amendment in his honor approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Yes, the amendment, passed June 13 and designed to keep...

 By Tom Tugend    Features    July 19, 2013

'Hannah Arendt' movie captures intensity of intellectual combat

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Movie mavens may have to come up with a new genre to classify “Hannah Arendt,” the biopic of the German-Jewish philosopher. New York Times critic A.O. Scott suggests it is an... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Presidential bid coming? Perry says he’ll visit Israel (JTA)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in what observers see as a move signaling a possible White House run, said he is planning to visit Israel in... Full story


Israeli travel photographer has front-row seat in history

Snapping pictures of people practicing centuries-old faith traditions in her native Jerusalem makes award-winning Israeli photojournalist Gali Tibbon feel like a time traveler. “Every stone you... Full story

 By Michel Stors    News    July 19, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt vows to bring Morsi back

Ahmad Kamal took a moment to wipe the sweat from his forehead. The searing summer heat was taking its toll on the 31 year old’s stamina. The obligatory fast from dawn to dusk pious Muslims observe during the month of Ramadan further weighed him... Full story


BioHug offers hug therapy in an automatic vest

Most of us have moments when we could really use a hug—when we’re sad, lonely, scared or stressed. The therapeutic value of a good squeeze for emotional wellbeing is well documented. For people... Full story


Teen Heroes: Ben Hirschfeld- A (safe) light unto students in Africa

This is the first installment of Teen Heroes, JTA’s biweekly column profiling teens involved in interesting and important social action. See below for information about our sponsor and how to nomina... Full story


Tomigo brings 'help wanted' to the social-media age

What’s the best way to find the right person for a job opening: placing a want ad, contacting a headhunter, posting within the company, or asking current employees to recommend a friend? In the social networking era, the last option increasingly... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 19, 2013

How a man named Macabi helped bring 21 new countries to Maccabiah Games

BALTIMORE (JTA)—The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launch at the upcoming 19th Maccabiah Games will take flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 19, 2013

With few Jews left to save, immigrant aid group HIAS searches for relevance

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (JTA)—The new HIAS is not your grandmother’s Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and it’s certainly not the one that brought her mother over from the Pale of Settlement. After decades as the Jewish community’s foremost voice on immi... Full story


Coach seeks to add Maccabiah gold to Stanley Cup, victory over illiteracy

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Of all the compelling stories of athletic achievement and challenges overcome that could be told by the 9,000 participants gathering in Israel for the 19th Maccabiah Games, it might... Full story

 By Michael Stors    News    July 19, 2013

New dangers accompany U.S. passports as Egypt erupts

CAIRO—When Brian Dennison was considering where to study Arabic abroad, the 23-year old’s choices were limited. Yemen? It has an al-Qaida affiliate that feasts on foreigners. Syria? It is enmeshed in a civil war where dodging fighter jet... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 19, 2013

Ban on kosher slaughter stirs unease among Polish Jews

(JTA)—In their Krakow home, Anna Makowka Kwapisiewicz and her husband, Piotr, skim through an online article about Poland’s recent ban on kosher slaughter. What they find even more disturbing... Full story


For extreme kosher couponers, it's about the money and the thrill

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (JTA)—Anita Batt’s weekly grocery shopping goes something like this: First, she checks several online coupon blogs, which offer guidance about the best sales and coupon... Full story


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