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‘Modest Redress’ On French Rail Pact

$60 million for survivors, but ‘work still remains,’ says lawyer for victims.

12/11/2014
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An agreement signed Monday in which France will pay $60 million to Holocaust survivors and heirs to atone for its national railroad’s deportation of Jews to Nazi camps was applauded by Jewish groups but criticized by some for being too restrictive.

The SNCF, which is owned by the French government, transported Jews to the death camps during the Holocaust. Wikipedia Commons

TIPTOE 2014: 2nd Place

The Ruderman Family Foundation and Camp Ramah teamed up to create a video contest drawing on contestants' experiences at inclusive summer camps. Jenna Freedman won second place.

Dreidels For Carols: Jews Who Did Christmas

Which MOT wrote your favorite Christmas carol?

12/11/2014
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It’s that time of year again when our beloved Jewish singers belt out catchy Christmas carols instead of traditional Chanukah nigguns.

Jewish Broadway star Idina Menzel is festive for Christmas. Via Broadway.com

In ‘Defense’ Of Jewish State

Under Israel-friendly Ashton Carter, no major shift expected at Pentagon.

12/10/2014
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Washington (JTA) — Ashton Carter has championed the sale to Israel of state-of-the-art combat aircraft, has aligned himself with Iran hawks and was observed becoming misty-eyed when serenaded by Israeli soldiers.

Ashton Carter, right, President Obama’s. JTA

New Republic Exodus ‘Does Leave A Void’

What will mass resignations mean for American Jewish thought?

12/10/2014
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Last week’s departure of most of the editorial team at The New Republic — including Franklin Foer, Leon Wieseltier, Judith Shulevitz and Julia Ioffe — didn’t just blow a hole in the landscape of American journalism. It also threw into doubt the future of what has long been a primary address for American Jewish thought.

Leon Wieseltier

Clinton, At Saban Forum, Endorses Obama’s Middle East Policy

Likely presidential contender pushes back against perceived U.S.-Israel tensions.

12/09/2014
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Washington — From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Obama’s Israel-related positions.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Haim Saban. Peter Halmagyi

Swastika Supporters Want Their Wrapping Paper Back

One day after Walgreens pulls the paper, members of the Raelian movement push for a recall of the recall.

12/09/2014
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Not only Nazis love the swastika.

Walgreens recalls wallpaper with a swastika pattern. Via NBC.com

Victoria's Other Secret: She Pays For Rabbinical School

Company CEO Leslie Wexner, also the brains behind tonight's V.S. fashion show, has paid for 450 Jewish leaders' graduate educations.

12/09/2014
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‘Tis the season of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

This model, and many spiritual leaders, are grateful to Leslie Wexner. Laurent Jean Philippe at Flickr Creative Commons

Gal Mekel Back In NBA With New Orleans Pelicans

12/08/2014
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Gal Mekel, the second Israeli to play in the NBA, has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

TIPTOE 2014: First Place

The Ruderman Family Foundation and Camp Ramah teamed up to create a video contest drawing on contestants' experiences at inclusive summer camps. Simone Rotman took top honors.

 

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