Articles from the August 9, 2013 edition

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In Kiev, a website reconnects young Jews one post at a time

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA)—Hours after assailants shot Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov on a street in the Russian republic of Dagestan two weeks ago, mainstream Russian media were still scrambling to ascertain h... Full story


Games close with Israel topping medal count

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel handily won the most medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games, which came to a close in Jerusalem. The games closing ceremony last Tuesday at Teddy Stadium featured some of... Full story


Seeking Kin: From Queens to kibbutz, a 40-year journey

BALTIMORE (JTA)—For Howie Perlman, a kibbutznik in Israel, hearing about the New York reunion of his Yeshiva of Central Queens Class of 1973 spurred him to post a few period photographs on... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    August 9, 2013

Thomas interviewer: Media whitewashes late journalist's anti-Semitism

On June 1, 2010, the day after the Gaza flotilla incident in which nine Turkish militants were killed after attacking Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara, famed reporter Helen Thomas didn’t... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

West Bank settlements join Israel’s list of national priority communities JERUSALEM (JTA)—Fifteen West Bank settlements were added to the list of communities approved by Israel’s Cabinet that are entitled to extra government benefits. Some 90... Full story


Why Bubbe, what big teeth you have!

Seeing the green scaly skin and long snouts on the characters, you might not guess at first that Ed Shankman’s latest book is about a child’s visit to his grandmother in the Sunshine... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    August 9, 2013

Australian comic satirizes the peace process

Suppose that Israeli President Shimon Peres and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat entered therapy together. “What keeps you up at night?” the American therapist asks the 90-year-old Israeli president in a soothing voice. “My prostate,... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    News    August 9, 2013

CUFI student activists, without 'obvious self-interest,' seek to legitimize pro-Israel message on campus

WASHINGTON, DC—Sam Bain knew that life could be dangerous in southern Israel, with rockets fired indiscriminately across the border from Gaza. But it wasn’t until the Ohio college student visited... Full story


Instant Harness used in miners' rescue

By Abigail Klein Leichman Israeli rescue equipment helped workers save the lives of at least eight trapped miners in South Africa on July 28, after a nightmarish three-day ordeal underground that left three dead, allegedly at the hands of an armed... Full story


Contemporary artist Gary Baseman goes back home through Los Angeles museum

Inviting the museum visitor down hallways and through rooms of rendered memories and memorials, the Gary Baseman show at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles uses a design based on the... Full story


White House reiterates 'opportunity' for Iran talks

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The inauguration of a new Iranian president is an opportunity to address international concern over Iran’s nuclear program, the White House said. The White House statement Sunday, a day after Hassan Rohani was inaugurated, was... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    August 9, 2013

Aaron Panken, a pilot who will head Reform rabbinical school, eyes horizon

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you want to lead a major Reform Jewish organization, here’s a piece of advice: Go to the Westchester Reform Temple. With this week’s announcement that Rabbi Aaron Panken will... Full story


For Germany and Israel, a textbook case

Almost 70 years after the Holocaust and 50 years after Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations, a textbook commission is shedding light on how the two countries are promoting their sustained cultural and historical connection. Dirk... Full story


Royal Jewish name

Jewish names speak to our very essence. As the world celebrates with William and Kate over the birth of their baby boy, speculation over what they will name their son is over. They chose George Alexander Louis. But you can call him His Royal... Full story


Radio waves carry news of climate change

Tel Aviv—The ionosphere, one of the regions of the upper atmosphere, plays an important role in global communications. Ionized by solar radiation, this electricity-rich region is used for the transmission of long wave communications, such as radio... Full story


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