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  • Black Friday is now a thing in Israel

    Marcy Oster|Nov 30, 2018

    JERUSALEM (JTA)-I was watching late night network television on Saturday night-that's not terribly exciting here-when I was slammed with a string of ads that made me feel like I was back in America. The ads were in practically shouted Hebrew, but I could discern the same two English words in each: Black Friday (You have to say it with a Hebrew accent though, kind of like Blek Fchidey.) Clothing, electronics, home decor-all the ads were pushing Black Friday sales. Nor did the Black Friday assault... Full story

  • The Chanukah connection: Sharing the light with far-away family

    Deborah Fineblum|Nov 30, 2018

    (JNS)—For generations, lighting the Chanukah candles together has been the stuff that makes lifelong memories. But today’s far-flung families are increasingly challenged to share the sight of the candles aglow, the sound of the blessings and traditional songs sung by old and young alike, the feel of a perfect dreidel spin, and the smell and taste of latkes fresh from the pan. Long-distance offspring may be away at college, on a gap-year program, studying in a seminary or yeshivah, a lone sol... Full story

  • This teen coped with tragedy by starting a program to help others

    Sarah A. Levi|Nov 30, 2018

    When Genevieve Liu was 13, an unimaginable tragedy dramatically changed her life. She was on the Lake Michigan shore on vacation with her family in Michigan on Aug. 5, 2012, when her father, a celebrated pediatric surgeon, spotted two boys drowning in the lake. He rushed into the water and managed to save the boys, but the doctor was pulled under by the lake's undertow and drowned. In an instant Liu, her mother and her two younger siblings were left without the head of their close-knit family.... Full story

  • Jews travel to Poland for symbolic solidarity march

    Nov 30, 2018

    With the rise of nationalist sentiment in many parts of Europe, Jewish communities here are facing renewed threats and challenges. Against a backdrop of rising concern about the political climate in Eastern Europe, Warsaw’s Reform Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild will lead an international group of travelers on a Jewish heritage tour of Poland this coming spring, culminating in the March of the Living on May 2, 2019. Established in 1988, the annual March of the Living is a symbolic walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust R... Full story

  • In Holland, one of the world's most expensive Chanukah menorahs hides in plain sight

    Cnaan Liphshiz|Nov 30, 2018

    AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Nothing about the appearance of object MB02280 at this city's Jewish Historical Museum suggests it is the capital's priciest Chanukah menorah, worth more than the average local price of a duplex home. Shaped like the body of a violin, it is only 16 inches tall. Its base cradles eight detachable oil cups intended to function as candles on Chanukah, when Jews light candles to commemorate a 167 BCE revolt against the Greeks. They are set against the menorah's smooth, reflective... Full story

  • Nikki Haley: Memorable quotes

    Nov 30, 2018

    The world was taken by surprised with the announcement that Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., will be resigning at the end of the year. The pro-Israel diplomat, dubbed “Hurricane Haley” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for her strong defense of the Jewish state, viewed standing up to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias and defending moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem among her main achievements in her diplomatic posting. The outspoken pro-Israel diplomat will be sorely missed. Here is a selection of some her most memorable quote... Full story

  • What's new for kids to read at Chanukah? Try a fresh take on the trailblazing 'All-of-a-Kind Family.'

    Penny Schwartz|Nov 30, 2018

    (JTA)-Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. The names of the five fictional sisters bring a smile to generations of Jewish Americans who grew up reading "All-of-a-Kind Family," the classic mid-century chapter book series by Sydney Taylor that followed the day-to-day doings and adventures of a Jewish-American immigrant family on New York's Lower East Side. The trailblazing series marked the first time that a children's book about a Jewish-American family found an audience in both Jewish and... Full story

  • Women's March co-founder calls on current organizers to resign, saying they 'allowed anti-Semitism'

    Nov 30, 2018

    (JTA)—Women’s March co-founder Teresa Shook called on its current organizers to step down Monday, saying they “allowed anti-Semitism.” In a Facebook post, Shook said Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez “have steered the Movement away from its true course.” “In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs,” Shook wrote. Th... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Nov 30, 2018

    Man tries to run down Jews leaving Los Angeles synagogue (JTA)—Los Angeles police arrested a man who allegedly attempted to run over two people outside of an area synagogue. Police are investigating Friday night’s incident as a possible hate crime, the NBC Los Angeles affiliate reported. A security camera video shows the driver trying to run down the two men leaving the Bais Yehuda Shul, and then reversing and trying to hit them again, CBS LA reported. The victims wore clothing typically worn by Orthodox Jews on Shabbat. The driver also rep... Full story