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N.C. Boarding School Cafeteria Gets Ethical-Kosher Seal

01/15/2014
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A Jewish high school cafeteria in North Carolina became the first pre-collegiate institution to obtain an Orthodox social justice organization’s seal certifying its adherence to fair-labor practices.

The Runaway

Father’s columns illuminate Caleb Jacoby’s childhood.

01/14/2014
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In 1997, an old man with a blue tattoo on his forearm, “A-10502,” held his grandson Caleb (Calev) Jacoby at the bris where the baby was named. Sixteen years later, many thousands of Jews across the country were saying that boy’s name in prayer, psalms for Calev Avraham ben-Elishevea Rus. At 12:30 in the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 6, Caleb, now 16, a junior at Maimonides, a Modern Orthodox school in Brookline, Mass., stepped into a winter’s day, not to be found until that Thursday night, Jan. 9, in Times Square.

Jeff Jacoby's son, Caleb. Courtesy of the Brookline Police Department

Iran Sanctions Debate Heats Up

Tension in community between AIPAC, dovish groups.

01/14/2014
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Washington — More than half the United States Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

CNN Hires Former Israeli Ambassador Oren As Commentator

01/14/2014
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Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren confirmed that he is joining CNN as an on-air analyst and contributor.

The American-born Oren, a noted historian, served as Israel’s top envoy to the U.S. from 2009-2013. He has already appeared on CNN several times, and penned an obituary for Ariel Sharon for the network.

Oren: Wrote biography of Sharon

JTA And MyJewishLearning Announce Intention To Merge

01/14/2014
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JTA and My Jewish Learning announced their intention to merge the two organizations, according to an article on JTA's website.

YU's Debt Downgraded To Junk Status

01/13/2014
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Yeshiva University’s debt has again been downgraded by a ratings agency, this time to below investment grade, or junk status.

Survey: Jews Give Less To Their Congregations Than Non-Jews Do

01/13/2014
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Most American Jews give at least some of their charitable donations to organizations that have some connection to Jewish life, although a substantial part of the community continues to give generously to non-Jewish causes, according to a new demographic study to be released later this week.

Missing Mass. Teen Caleb Jacoby Found Safe In New York

01/09/2014
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The missing teenage son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby was found safe in New York City on Thursday night as the apparent result of a tip.

Images of Caleb Jacoby posted by his father, Jeff, on Facebook.

Retiring NFL Star Credits Philanthropic Jewish Family

01/07/2014
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The rain dripping from his uniform provided an unceremonious end to London Fletcher’s career as the Washington Redskins linebacker headed to the locker room following a recent road loss to the New York Giants.

London Fletcher at middle linebacker for the Washington Redskins.  Photo courtesy Washington Redskins

Against Michigan, Aaron Liberman’s Kippah Makes Hoops History

01/07/2014
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On Jan. 5, Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor. In the process, the redshirt freshman made history twice.

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