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A beginner’s guide to Israel’s unprecedented third election in the past 12 months

(JTA) — Full disclosure: This is the third time in the past year that we have published this article. With only minor changes.

That’s because on Monday, March 2, for the third time in the past 12 months, Israelis will be voting in a national election. The first election, in...
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Belgian prime minister decries parade that features costumes of Orthodox Jews with insect bodies

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

AALST, Belgium (JTA) — Caricatures of Jews, including ones depicting them as ants, were prominently displayed at this city’s annual parade, drawing the ire of Belgium’s prime minister, who said that these caricatures “damage” the country’s values and reputation.

In her statement Sunday, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes,...
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The US Holocaust Museum asked New Yorkers for their family artifacts from WWII. Here are 9 incredible donations.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — A hand-drawn portrait of a young man in a French internment camp. A photo of a Jewish girl who survived the Holocaust by hiding in a monastery. A letter detailing efforts to improve life for Jews in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp.

These...
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An ‘empire of influence,’ a checkered track record and more: Catch up on the Mike Bloomberg news as he makes his debate debut

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — The Democratic National Committee’s decision to let Mike Bloomberg appear in the next presidential debate means that not one but two Jewish candidates will be sparring. Bloomberg will join Bernie Sanders and the rest of the remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls on stage Wednesday in Nevada,...
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Museum of Southern Jewish Experience promises exciting new visitor stop

By ALAN SMASON

Kenneth Hoffman, executive director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, held an unusual news conference on Wednesday on the neutral ground of a busy New Orleans street. The event was intended to announce the opening of their facility in the fall and allowed reporters to...
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JCRS honors Beerman family at 9th ‘Roots’ gala

By ALAN SMASON

The ninth annual Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) gala with a “Roots” theme turned out to to be both an opportunity to honor its benefactors and the recipients of its largesse.

The Jewish Roots of Rhythm and Blues on Saturday, Feb.1, in the Grand Ballroom of the...
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Kirk Douglas, iconic movie star who reconnected to Judaism later in life, dies at 103

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Kirk Douglas, the legendary actor who portrayed legions of tough guys and embraced his Jewish heritage later in life, died at his home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. He was 103.

Over a career that spanned 87 films — including 73 big screen...
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Baranek is keynote speaker at WW2 Museum’s Holocaust Remembrance Day

By ANGELA MAONE, Special to the CCJN

Martin Baranek, a man who survived two death marches and internment at several death camps during the Holocaust and who later went on to become a fighter for Israeli independence, was the keynote speaker at the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies  at the National...
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Who wins and who loses in Trump’s Middle East peace plan (and why fortunes can easily change)

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — “Jared Kushner,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solemnly intoned to the young man whose bed he once borrowed, “without your wisdom, your persistence, your resolve, this day would have never come.”

The setting Tuesday was the White House’s East Room, adorned with portraits of...
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Time for ‘The Conversation’: Tues. evening program at Lake Lawn

By ALAN SMASON

Laura Zucker is a Harvard-educated family practice physician who lives in Boston and is a member of the medical faculty at Tufts University, but currently happens to be in New Orleans for the very first time. While many visitors to New Orleans are, likewise, here for the...
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