• US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 9, 2016.
Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and political novice Donald Trump won New Hampshire's presidential primaries Tuesday, US media projected, turning the American political establishment on its head early in the long nominations battle. / AFP / Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why Bernie Sanders’ historic victory is no big deal to Jews – or America

    By DANIEL TREIMAN

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Bernie Sanders is having a month of historic firsts.

    In New Hampshire on Tuesday night, he handily won the Democratic Party contest, becoming the first Jew to win a presidential primary. In Iowa, he became the first Jewish presidential candidate — the first non-Christian, even — to win delegates in a major party’s caucus or primary.

    But that’s trivia.

    What’s more significant is that he’s the first Jew to mount a credible campaign for the White House.

    It’s not that credible Jewish politicians haven’t run for president before. There was Republican Sen. Arlen...
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  • Famed tenor Hymel to appear at Temple Sinai

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    By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Brian Hymel, a rising star in the international opera world with an established repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will headline a concert titled “Love Infinite” at Temple Sinai on Sunday, March 13.

    Appearing with his wife, acclaimed Greek soprano Irini...
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    Mystery solved: Sanders volunteered at Kibbutz Shaar HaEmekim

    <> on January 5, 2016 in New York City.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The kibbutz where Bernie Sanders spent several months in the early 1960s has been identified, thanks to a rediscovered news story from 1990.

    Sanders, an Independent Jewish senator from Vermont now running for the Democratic presidential nod, spoke to Haaretz in 1990, on the eve of his...
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Bernie Sanders revisits his childhood Brooklyn hood

NEW YORK (JTA) — The day after becoming the first Jew to win a presidential primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited his old neighborhood, a heavily Jewish area of Brooklyn. Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, led a CBS...
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Netanyahu appoints new Shin Bet chief

(JTA) — Nadav Argaman, the Shin Bet security agency’s deputy director, has been appointed to the No. 1 position in the Israeli security service. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he had named Argaman to the job, the...
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Israeli mikvahs must allow non-Orthodox conversions, Supreme Court rules

(JTA) – In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvahs in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites. Until now, Israeli mikvahs have denied access for conversion immersions to Reform and Conservative converts. Israel’s mikvahs are...
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Israeli mikvahs must allow non-Orthodox conversions, Supreme Court rules

(JTA) – In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvahs in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites. Until now, Israeli mikvahs have denied access for conversion immersions to Reform and Conservative converts. Israel’s mikvahs are...
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OP-ED: Jewish law and values do not support Syrian Muslim immigration

By MORTON A. KLEIN and ELIZABETH BERNEY

J Street rabbis, resettlement contractor HIAS (which stands to receive millions of our tax dollars to resettle Syrian migrants throughout the U.S.), and President Obama all misleadingly argue that the Torah, and hence...
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