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More Israelis Denied Visas, Queens Pol Says

Rep. Grace Meng asks State Department to explain reports of a steep decline in approvals since 2007.

03/19/2014
Staff Writer

A Queens congresswoman who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said this week that she is investigating reports that the State Department has significantly reduced the number of visas granted to young Israelis during the last year.

Rep. Grace Meng: “We want to know the exact numbers.”

New Met Council Head Steering Group Away From Politics

In first interview since crippling scandal, David Frankel stressing efficiency as poverty agency gears up for fundraising.

03/19/2014
Assistant Managing Editor

The new CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty says he is placing less emphasis on building cozy relationships with politicians, and more on running efficient programs, as he works to right the ship at the scandal-plagued agency.

David Frankel: “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

Israel-Diaspora Bonds A Theme At Book Council Awards

Longtime director Carolyn Hessel to step down next year

03/19/2014
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‘Today, many American Jewish are falling out of love with an Israel they don’t know,” observed Yossi Klein Halevi, winner of the Jewish Book Council’s grand prize, on receiving his award at the organization’s annual ceremony March 5 at the Center for Jewish History.

Yossi Klein Halevi: American Jews fell in love, and out of love, with “an Israel they didn’t know.”

Two Faiths, One Israel

Rye temple, Presbyterian church team up on interfaith trip.

03/19/2014
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They had Shabbat dinner at a kibbutz, and they met with French Catholic monks. They climbed Masada, and they visited a baptism pool that is significant in the Christian faith.

Rye Community Synagogue member Abby Kimmel during her bat mitzvah ceremony on Masada.  Steven Allan

Body of N.Y. Father Known For Charity Work Found In State Park

03/18/2014

The body of a missing father of seven was found inside his car in a ravine in an upstate New York park.

Idealist.org Founder Launches New Social Action Network

03/18/2014
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Since he was 8 years old, Ami Dar wanted to change the world. Last week, he might have.

On March 11, in an online presentation attended by over 10,000 people from 88 countries, Dar launched an online and on-the-ground network that could affect the way social action takes place around the globe.

Ami Dar: Envisions a worldwide network of social action facilitators.

For Preschool Teachers, An Israel Immersion

Lesson from Israeli classrooms, where the stress is on ‘interdependence.’

03/18/2014
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When Alana Weinberg toured Israeli preschools recently with a group of early childhood educators, she was struck by how differently the classrooms were run.

First there was the student-teacher ratio — high, 12 to 15 kids for every instructor, compared to the 7- or 8-to-1 typical in the U.S.

Early childhood director Alana Weinberg explores a map of Israel with the 4-year-olds at Stein Yeshiva. Michael Datikash/JW

The American Diplomat Menachem Begin Trusted

Remembering Samuel Lewis and the day he gave the Israeli prime minister a message he loathed conveying.

03/18/2014
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Samuel Lewis, who died March 10 at the age of 83, was a Yale man, a career diplomat with a wealth of experience, a person of compassion with an open mind, an appealing demeanor, and a good friend with a great sense of humor. He was also very smart.

Samuel Lewis.

Missing Malaysian Plane Prompts Alert In Israel

03/17/2014
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Air traffic controllers in Israel have been ordered to use extreme caution measures to identify incoming aircraft as the hunt continues for a missing Malaysian jetliner that disappeared March 9.

David Brenner, Jewish Comedy Royalty, Dies At 78

03/17/2014
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David Brenner, a longtime standup comedian whose observational humor is credited with inspiring many top comics, has died.

Brenner, a Philadelphia native, died at his home in New York City on Saturday after battling cancer. He was 78.

David Brenner
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