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Brainy Breslow Clutch On The Hill In Red Sox Title Bid

10/23/2013
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When Craig Breslow entered Saturday night’s playoff game against the Detroit Tigers, FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver hailed the Boston Red Sox reliever — a Yale University graduate with a double major in molecular biophysics and biochemistry — as the smartest player in Major League Baseball.

Craig Breslow is a brainy baseball player after a Jewish mother's heart. Keith Allison/Flickr

Hungary Launches PR Blitz To Combat Extremist Image

Heavyweight N.Y. firm behind effort to reach out to Jewish community.

10/23/2013
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Washington — Armed with a powerful New York public relations outfit and a pledge to commemorate the mass deportation of Hungarian Jewry, the Hungarian government is preparing to challenge what it says is an inaccurate image of a country lax in confronting home-grown extremism.

U.C. Berkeley Opens Jewish Studies Center

The College's new program is launched amid a campus known for its anti-Israel activism.

10/22/2013
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U.C. Berkeley has announced the opening of a new Center for Jewish Studies, JWeekly has reported. The literary scholar Robert Alter is set as the Center's founding director, and the University has allocated $1 million to jumpstart the program.

Serious Jibber Jabber: Mel Brooks Goes Online With Conan O'Brien

10/21/2013
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The 2,000 Year Old Man is still alive and kicking. Or in his case, kvetching. And promoting himself.

Iran Sanctions ‘Harmed By The Shutdown’

Obama administration makes case that gov’t shuttering undermining efforts.

10/16/2013
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Washington —  Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies this week before the House Foreign Affairs Commitee.

Survey: A Third Of Rabbis Afraid To Speak Honestly About Israel

10/16/2013
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A survey of 552 rabbis found that a third of them hesitate to speak honestly to their congregations regarding their feelings about Israel.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Headlines New Entrepreneurship Program

Professionals in the field wonder about redundancy, priorities.

10/16/2013
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Mayim Bialik is that rare combination: a celebrity with serious Jewish street cred. An Emmy-nominated actress who’s passionately, publicly Jewish, she dishes on the challenges of Shabbat observance as a blogger for a parenting website. She’s even got yichus, or lineage, counting among her ancestors canonical poet Hayim Bialik.

TV star Mayim Bialik will headline CORE18 fellowship for jews ages 19 to 25. Photo courtesy CORE18

Is United Synagogue’s House ‘On Fire?’

Middle movement grapples with a way forward at centennial convention.

10/16/2013
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Baltimore — United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was marking its 100th birthday, but while recent survey findings about the movement were sobering, the spirit of the convention itself, dubbed “The Conversation of the Century,” was upbeat in focusing more on the future than the past.

United Synagogue CEO Rabbi Steven Wernick: Warns against remaining "a narrow denominatiion." Mike Diamond Photography

At Conservative Judaism Convention, Leaders Focus On Shrinkage

BALTIMORE — At their biennial convention, Conservative Jewish leaders called for renewing the “vital religious center” of American Judaism in the wake of numerous studies showing their movement is shrinking.

Facing Boycott, D.C.'s Jewish Theater Changes Plans For Israeli Play

10/10/2013
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In the face of opposition to plans to perform an Israeli playwright’s work exploring allegations of a 1948 Israeli massacre of Arabs, a Washington, D.C. theater backed by the federation there has revised its plans for the project, according to the Washington Jewish Week.

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