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No Jews Marry, But Jewish Customs Abound

At Cameron Diaz' wedding, breaking the glass, 7 blessings, Yichud -- will Jewish weddings be Hollywood's new fad?

01/06/2015
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Wondering what the choopla’s all about?

Cameron Diaz weds Benji Madden during a Jewish ceremony. Getty Images

American Jewish Coalition Wants To Break Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Monopoly

01/05/2015
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A broad coalition of American Jews last month formed the Jewish Religious Equality Coalition — or J-REC — to pressure Israel to diminish the role of Orthodox rabbis who control so much of Jewish life in Israel.

Bess Myerson, First Jewish Miss America, Dies at 90

In the wake of the Holocaust, her September 1945 win gave American Jews hope.

01/05/2015
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Bess Myerson, the first and thus far only Jewish winner of the Miss America Pageant, died at age 90 on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, C.A. According to the New York Times, her death, which was not publicly announced, was confirmed on Monday by public records.

Bess Myerson dies at age 90. Via Kvie.org

Jews, Wizards And Memes

For Jewish wizards attending Hogwarts, these will be right up your Diagon alley.

12/17/2014
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After J.K. Rowling's announcement yesterday on Twitter that Hogwarts' Jewish student population is alive and well, we've created a couple of memes that only a true Jewish wizard would understand. Anthony Goldstein--these are for you. 

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Yeshivat Hogwarts? J.K. Rowling Confirms Jewish Wizards

The famous school of witchcraft and wizardry seems to be a bastion for diversity.

12/17/2014
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Happy Hanukkah from Hogwarts!

It's true: there are Jewish students at Hogwarts. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Fueling Fires Of Hatred

If Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas mean it when they say they don’t want to see a Third Intifada, why does it look like that is exactly where they are headed? 

Each leader repeatedly accuses the other of incitement, often with good cause.  Their protestations of purity and innocence as the injured party would be a joke if so many people weren’t being killed and injured on both sides.

Lee Zeldin: What Jew Need To Know

Will the new Jewish senator replace Eric Cantor?

11/06/2014
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Here's what you don't know about Lee Zeldin, the New York State Senator who put an end to the short-lived drought of Jewish Republican representatives in Congress.

New York State Senator Lee Zeldin. Nysenate.gov.

Worst Ever? Not Quite

There's much talk about how relations between the United States and Israel, especially between the two leaders, are worse than ever. 

Not quite.  For all the personal animus between Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu, and there certainly is a lot of it, they are at least still speaking to each other, which is more than could be said of George H.W.Bush and Yitzhak Shamir.  President Bush felt the prime minister had lied to him and refused to take his phone calls for quite a while.

At Sotloff Memorial, Focus On His Jewish Values

09/08/2014
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As thousands gathered Friday (Sept. 5) at Temple Beth Am in Miami to mourn journalist Steven Sotloff, they paid tribute to the one quality his family and friends tried hard to conceal from his Islamic State captors: his Jewishness.

A Jew, An Israeli And A Humanist

The journalist beheaded by ISIS insurgents fasted on Yom Kippur, studied in Israel and attended synagogue as a child.

09/03/2014
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Until yesterday, the name, religion and other biographical details about 31-year-old U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff were a secret. Now, we can say openly that he was a Jew, an Israeli citizen, a spunky kid from Miami and a resilient believer in humanity.

ISIS insurgents behead American journalist, Steven Sotloff. Reuters
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