Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Symposium will discuss Jewish future

Joint Distribution Committee, Midwest Federations will co-host July 21 event at Hyatt Regency AJW Staff Report The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) will partner with Jewish Federations from around the Midwest in a July 21 “Global Symposium” titled “Doing Good: The Jewish Community’s Rescue, Relief and Renewal Around the World.” The daylong symposium — […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Chosen as baseball’s ‘Designated Hebrew’

Ron Blomberg, former New York Yankees outfielder and DH, will appear July 13 at Temple of Aaron Synagogue By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Over eight seasons in the Big Leagues, Ron Blomberg, a Jewish ballplayer from Georgia, had a .293 batting average, with 224 RBI and 52 homers. However, the unique distinction in Blomberg’s career came on […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

NECHAMA responds to floods in Minn., Iowa

Disaster response teams are working together to help families recover as soon as possible AJW Staff Report Over the past two weeks, parts of the Upper Midwest have seen extreme rainfall and severe weather, including mudslides, hail, tornadoes and high winds. The rain has been particularly heavy in Minnesota and neighboring Iowa, where the Rock, […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

At Presbyterian assembly, divestment advocates get limited victory

Jewish officials said the tight vote suggested that the church’s rank and file did not buy into the church leadership’s hypercritical posture on Israel By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — There were amendments and amendments to amendments in a debate lasting for more than four hours. There were dueling T-shirts. There was a last-minute appeal […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

In settlement bloc, kidnapping shakes sense of security

Locals say that since the kidnapping, the number of residents trying to hitchhike in Efrat has dropped dramatically and ‘there’s a lot of tension in the air’ By BEN SALES EFRAT, West Bank (JTA) — At a shopping center in the middle of Efrat, families eat pizza, a deliveryman unloads a cart and a barista […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

TONIGHT: Community prayer service for 3 kidnapped Israeli teens

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 Congregation Darchei Noam 2950 Joppa Avenue S., St. Louis Park On June 12, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped on their way home by terrorists. Join us in prayer for their safe return and to express solidarity with their families and Israel. PRESENTED BY: The […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Remembering ‘Mr. Baron’

Fred Baron, who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, dies at 91 By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Judith Baron first met her husband, Fred Baron, in the garden of a Swedish hospital, where they were both recovering after being liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Judith was sitting with her friend enjoying the fresh […]

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Israel searches West Bank for 3 teens

Search for abducted teens faces complicated political landscape By BEN SALES TEL AVIV (JTA) — Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers. Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task. The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

Republican Jewish Coalition sees loss as a ‘colossal defeat not just for Republicans but for the entire Jewish community’ By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews. Since 2009, Rep. Cantor, R-Va., has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Likud’s Reuven Rivlin elected president of Israel

(JTA) — Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal. Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres. […]

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