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What It Means To Be Jewish In Philadelphia

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    Just one week after passing a controversial law criminalizing phrases indicating Polish responsibility for heinous crimes against Jews during the Holocaust, Poland’s ruling party has sponsored a new bill including a clause that would criminalize kosher meat slaughter.  If the law is passed, anyone found guilty of slaughtering animals in accordance with traditional Jewish practice […]

    The post Poland Set to Pass Controversial New Law Criminalizing Kosher Slaughter appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    If Noah Hoffman had to pick a stand-out moment from the Winter Olympics so far, the Olympic cross-country skier said he would have to start with walking out at the March of Nations during the Opening Ceremony. “They had turned the stands into one giant screen with these LED lights next to everybody’s seats, and […]

    The post Jews Represent at PyeongChang Olympics appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    The number of anti-Semitic incidents raised last year in Germany, according to a Berlin newspaper which quoted a government report. 1,453 anti-Semitic incidents were perpetrated in 2017, including 32 incidents of physical violence, 160 incidents of vandalism, and 898 incidents of incitement to violence or hate speech directed at Jews. The German government expects the […]

    The post 2017 Saw Rise of Anti-Semitic Incidents in Germany appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    For the more than 3,000 women who filled each table—every inch of the ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel—it came as no surprise that such significant news would be announced the same night they honored one of the most significant people in their lives: the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson. At a gala banquet […]

    The post Chabad Heads to Iceland as 3,000 Women Emissaries Celebrate at ‘Day of Strength for all the Mushkas’ appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    The Irish and Jewish people share a common history of suffering cruel persecution and achieving national redemption against immeasurable odds. But today, modern Ireland is one of Europe’s fiercest critics of Israel. This tension was on display last week as the Irish Senate was considering legislation aimed at criminalizing trade with Israeli settlements. The legislation, […]

    The post Why is Ireland the Most Anti-Israel Country in Europe? appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    With a wobbly coalition threatening his political stability and under investigation for alleged corruption, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surely must have appreciated the opportunity to escape Israel and receive a warm welcome by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. But his appearance at the annual American Israel Political Action Committee convention the […]

    The post Was this Netanyahu’s Last AIPAC Stint as Prime Minister of Israel? appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    The umbrella representative body of French Jewish organizations, known as Crif, has called for a rally on Wednesday in Paris in memory of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Jewish woman brutally killed in her apartment. Knoll, who lived alone in the 11th district of Paris, was found after her apartment was set ablaze, police sources said. […]

    The post Shock and Emotion Follow Barbaric Murder of Holocaust Survivor in Paris appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    Repair the World Names New Philadelphia Executive Director Repair the World: Philadelphia announced the hiring of Rachel Berger as its new executive director. Founded in 2009, Repair the World works to “make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life,” according to its website. The group organizes young Jews in tackling local needs and helping […]

    The post News Briefs: Repair the World Names Director, Mayim Bialik Meets Rivlin, and More appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    According to figures released on Tuesday by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Jews alive today is still lower than it was in 1939, prior to the Holocaust. Prior to the murder of 6 million Jews between 1939 and 1945, some 16,600,000 were spread throughout the world. Contemporary data, based on information […]

    The post Current World Jewish Population Still Falls Below Pre-Holocaust Figures appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement. “It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement,” he said. “The Iran deal is defective at […]

    The post Trump Announces Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Agreement appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    Germany has agreed to pay another $88 million to fund social-welfare services for Holocaust survivors, according to the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany on Tuesday. The country, which perpetrated mass murder against Jews and other minorities between 1933 and 1945, also agreed to increase pensions to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central […]

    The post Germany to Pay Additional $88 Million to Holocaust Survivors appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    A Google search of the string “American Jewry and Israel relationship” pulls up opinion pieces with some potentially worrying headlines. “Polls show deep divisions between Israelis and American Jews,” offers “Israel’s Rupture with American Jewry Evokes Biblical Story of Cain and Abel,” a piece from Haaretz reads. The articles mention both religious and political […]

    The post Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly Platform for Dialogue appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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    About a year ago at a board meeting, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College President Deborah Waxman said she was hoping the Reconstructing Judaism convention could garner 500 attendees. “They said, ‘Oh, don’t jinx us!’” Waxman recalled. Early bird registration for the Reconstructing Judaism convention opened early this past summer, and not too long after, the numbers of […]

    The post Reconstructionist Movement Holds First Convention in Years appeared first on Jewish Exponent.

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