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Factions Clash Over Hillel Israel Policy

Campuses need a haven where students don’t have to defend pro-Israel views, says group backing current guidelines.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A backlash against the growing Open Hillel movement has slowly been gaining support, with nearly 400 students backing Hillel International’s ban on partnerships with groups that delegitimize the State of Israel.

Brandeis junior Daniel Mael, left, and Ralph Fils, a BU sophomore. Photos courtesy of Daniel Mael and Ralph Fils.

Israeli Moonshot: The Video Game

Schusterman Family Foundation funds $25K prize for simulation that helps lunar team get off the ground.

03/02/2014 - 19:00
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As a public/private consortium in Israel prepares to send a robot to the moon next year, tech-savvy supporters can win $25,000 for developing the best interactive simulations of the mission.

Artist's conception of the craft SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon.

Jewish Groups Face Aggressive Cyber Threat, Warns SCN

02/26/2014 - 19:00

U.S. Jewish groups face “a more concerted and aggressive effort” from Internet hackers, the national community’s security arm said in an alert.

“It is imperative that all IT departments understand how to mitigate the threat and are up-to-date on the necessary technologies and processes to use in order to be proactive and prevent these incidents,” said an alert Tuesday from the Secure Community Network, an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America and of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Study To Look At Ashkenazi Genetic Mutation

02/26/2014 - 19:00

(JTA) — A study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will investigate a genetic mutation found more often in Ashkenazi Jews.

‘This Is Cantor Trying To Reorient The Party’

After Auschwitz trip, House majority leader warns against dangers of isolationism.

02/25/2014 - 19:00
JTA

Washington — When Rep. Eric Cantor took the stage last week at the Virginia Military Institute to deliver a wide-ranging foreign policy address, Auschwitz was on the House majority leader’s mind — and so, observers suggest, was the state of his party.

Rep. Eric Cantor said at the Virginia Military Institute last week. JTA

Maryland Mulls Reparation Push From French Rail Firm

Bill requires company to pay Holocaust survivors they transported to death camps before bidding on light rail project.

02/25/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Maryland lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill next month that would block a Paris-based rail company from bidding on the state’s $2.2 billion light rail project unless its parent company pays Holocaust survivors reparations for transporting them to Nazi death camps.

Stuart Eizenstat, State Department adviser on Holocaust.

Maryland Mulls Reparation Push From French Rail Firm

Bill requires company to pay Holocaust survivors they transported to death camps before bidding on light rail project.

02/24/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Maryland lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill next month that would block a Paris-based rail company from bidding on the state’s $2.2 billion light rail project unless its parent company pays Holocaust survivors reparations for transporting them to Nazi death camps.

Stuart Eizenstat, State Department adviser on Holocaust-era issues.

Director, Writer And 'Ghostbuster' Harold Ramis Dead At 69

02/23/2014 - 19:00

Harold Ramis, an actor, writer and director who had a hand in such iconic comedies as “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” has died.

Ramis died early Monday morning in Chicago from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Ramis’ wife, Erica. He was 69.

Evangelicals At The Crossroads

A younger generation is pushing a more nuanced analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; should Jews be worried?

02/18/2014 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Last December, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent Christmas greetings recalling the ancient birth of a holy child, a Palestinian child: Jesus, the “Palestinian messenger” of hope. Some in the West surely thought Abbas’ words as meaningless as a popular Arab song referring to Tel Aviv as a Palestinian city, or claims that a Jewish Temple was never on the Temple Mount. But in the little town of Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Bible College, an Evangelical institution, is preparing for “Christ at the Checkpoint,” a four-day conference that begins on March 10.

Rev. Joel Hunter, a nonpartisan Evangelical. Northland Church

Winn-Dixie Betting Big On Kosher

The Southern supermarket giant is making a play for market share.

02/17/2014 - 19:00
JTA

Boca Raton, Fla. — Stroll past the kosher section of most large supermarkets in America and you could be forgiven for thinking that Jewish diets consist mainly of jarred gefilte fish, unsalted matzahs and Tam-Tam crackers.

The deli counter,  at the Winn-Dixie in Boca Raton, Fla. Uriel Heilman
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