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US airlines cancel flights to Israel

US airlines cancel flights to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) –United, U.S. Airways and Delta Airlines canceled their flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the Israeli airport. Delta and United both said they were suspending all flights to Israel until further notice. A spokesman for American Airlines, the parent company of U.S. Airways, told JTA that the airline was “monitoring the situation.” U.S. Airways(…)

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Despite obstacles, Seattle rally for Israel resounding success

Despite obstacles, Seattle rally for Israel resounding success

 Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent Hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Seattle’s Occidental Park Sunday in a solidarity rally in support of the State of Israel. The rally was organized by the Pacific Northwest chapter of Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs and cosponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, Sephardic Bikur Holim, Minyan Ohr Chadash, Congregation(…)

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Rabbi Paul Strasko: Kitsap’s polyglot takes the pulpit

Rabbi Paul Strasko: Kitsap’s polyglot takes the pulpit

Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent Hometown: Helena, Mont. Favorite book: “I simply cannot narrow this down.” Favorite Jewish historical figure: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. “When I am particularly struggling, his words and teachings are the ones that I tend to go to.” Hidden talent: Playing jazz. “Although it is known that I am a musician, it(…)

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Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg: A new path in Woodinville

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg: A new path in Woodinville

Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent Hometown: Eugene, Ore. Favorite book: “I pretty much inhale books — I can’t name a favorite.” Favorite Jewish historical figure: Rabbi Israel Salanter Hidden talent: Able to identify individual breeds in mixed-breed dogs. “It is a gift.” Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg used one leadership transition to create a career shift of her(…)

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UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

UNRWA condemns discovery of rockets in Gaza school

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A United Nations agency condemned the discovery of rockets discovered in one of its schools in the Gaza Strip.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which assists Palestinian refugees, said in a statement issued Thursday that about 20 rockets were discovered hidden on the premises of a vacant school in Gaza during(…)

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Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

(JTA) — Israel launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.”(…)

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Kerry slams Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

Kerry slams Hamas for ignoring cease-fire

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ripped Hamas for ignoring a cease-fire call and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself.“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a cease-fire in which Egypt and Israel(…)

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Egypt’s regional role changing in Israel-Hamas crisis

Egypt’s regional role changing in Israel-Hamas crisis

By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in Egypt today in an attempt to push forward a cease-fire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, although a truce still appears to be days, if not weeks, away. Hamas today officially rejected an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire. Palestinian officials said(…)

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Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent How many people have fond memories of their childhood Hebrew school programs, of sitting in their synagogues’ classrooms or social halls after a full day of English and algebra, going over alphabets and pronunciation and vowels, without understanding much of what was going on? Don’t answer that. For a(…)

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