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Pentagon Said To Hustle On Kosher Rations Mess

Jewish groups assured bids would go out to avert looming shortage.

02/05/2014
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Alarm bells went off last week when a major Jewish organization learned that the Pentagon had awarded a contract for halal field rations for Muslim soldiers but had not even solicited bids for kosher field rations.

A display of field rations known as Meals Ready to Eat. Wikimedia Commons

The Jewish Ponytail Seen Around The World

Figure skater Jason Brown is looking for gold in Sochi. And then he wants to go on Birthright.

02/04/2014
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A rising star at the junior level of American figure skating, Jason Brown, 19, was little known to most sports fans a year ago. “The average Winter Olympics fan couldn’t have picked Brown out of a lineup two weeks ago,” the mashable.com social media website declared at the time. Brown himself gave little thought to qualifying for the U.S. team at the Sochi Games. Maybe he’d go to the Winter Games in 2018, or 2022.

Jason Brown: Has skated to sudden fame. Getty Images

Denmark’s Largest Bank Drops Israeli Counterpart Over Settlements

02/03/2014
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The largest bank in Denmark added Israel’s Bank Hapoalim to its list of excluded companies over its dealings in the West Bank.

Natalie Portman’s Husband Converting to Judaism

Benjamin Millepied said he is 'in the middle of the conversion process.'

01/29/2014
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French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the husband of Jewish actress Natalie Portman, told an Israeli newspaper that he is converting to Judaism.

Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied is converting to Judaism. Photo via JTA.org

Marking Holocaust Remembrance At Auschwitz

Nearly half the Israeli parliament takes part in commemoration on 69th anniversary of camp’s liberation.

01/29/2014
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Oswiecim, Poland — Watching thousands of Poles dance to klezmer music just 50 miles from the Auschwitz death camp, Johnny Daniels could feel an ambitious plan taking shape.

Some of the 58 Knesset members who took part in a commemoration ceremony this week at Auschwitz. Photo via JTA.org

As Terror Threat Swirls Around Sochi, Jews Not Seen In Crosshairs

In marked contrast to other Games, small Black Sea community not on edge amid Chechen-Putin tensions.

01/29/2014
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Four years ago, on the eve of the last Winter Olympics, preparations for the Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, meant increased security for the city’s Jewish community. Jewish spokesmen, while not spelling out specifics, said upgraded security systems were installed at many Jewish buildings in the city.

Sochi Jews Gearing Up For Games

Small Black Sea community preparing a warm welcome.

01/28/2014
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The Pale of Settlement and nearby areas around the Black and Caspian seas, where Jews lived for centuries, were full of cities that had rich Jewish pasts.

 A Chabad emissary couple that coordinates most Jewish activities for Sochi’s small Jewish community. Photo courtesy of Chabad

344 years After His Execution, French Jew Cleared Of Blood Libel

01/22/2014
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Nearly 350 years after his wrongful execution, a French Jew who had been convicted of a blood libel was exonerated and declared a martyr.

Canadian Synagogue Hosts 'Death Cafe'

01/20/2014
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Congregation Shaarkey Zedek in Winnipeg hosted a "Death Cafe" – a program that allows people to come together to talk about death and dying in a social setting – earlier this month, according to the Canadian Jewish News.

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