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Ambassador seeks to break the perpetrator–victim narrative

Ambassador seeks to break the perpetrator–victim narrative

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent While Middle East experts wring their hands in hopes that moderate leaders can prevail in the region, George Deek, Israel’s former vice ambassador to Norway, is calling upon Palestinian Arabs to take charge of their own fate and their own future, and to stop dividing the world into perpetrators(…)

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Netanyahu to Congress: Deal with Iran paves way to bomb

Netanyahu to Congress: Deal with Iran paves way to bomb

(JTA) — In his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that the proposed nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran will lead inexorably to a nuclear-armed Iran and war in the Middle East. “This deal has two major concessions: One, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program, and two, lifting the restrictions on(…)

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Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

By JTA World News Service Full text of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress, March 3, 2015. As delivered: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing a joint meeting of Congress; here is a complete transcript of his remarks. NETANYAHU: Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you… (APPLAUSE) … Speaker of the(…)

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Celebrating a 5-year eternal flame

Celebrating a 5-year eternal flame

In search of old members: Ner Tamid’s 50th anniversary celebration for a shul that lasted five years Five years is a relatively short life for a synagogue, yet the 200 families that were members of Bellevue’s Congregation Ner Tamid from 1965 to 1970 share a special bond that endures, like the eternal flame for which(…)

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Trail-blazing leader visits the Northwest to inspire, learn

Trail-blazing leader visits the Northwest to inspire, learn

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound In 1935, Lithuania-born Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan wrote “Judaism as a Civilization,” a book that reimagined the religion as a way of living and became the foundation for the Reconstructionist Movement. Many of Kaplan’s ideas are taken for granted today, but they were radical for Kaplan’s Orthodox(…)

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Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

Netanyahu ‘regrets’ partisan perception of speech; Rice calls planned address ‘destructive’

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told top Senate Democrats he regretted that his planned address to the U.S. Congress is being perceived as partisan, as President Barack Obama’s top security adviser said the speech was “destructive.” Netanyahu wrote Tuesday to decline an invitation from Sens. Dick Durbin(…)

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Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

By Julie Wiener, JTA World News Service Commentary magazine called it “flood libel.” HonestReporting.com described it as “dam busted.” And Camera headlined it “Dam Lies.” Agence France Presse’s report earlier this week falsely alleging that Israel intentionally opened a large dam in the South in order to unleash floods upon Gaza’s already beleaguered residents has released a torrent(…)

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Honoring those who served

Honoring those who served

If you have visited one of our local Jewish cemeteries on Memorial Day you will have seen the efforts of a small group of local Jewish veterans who honor their comrades of past conflicts with a flag placed on each of their graves. In 1996, armed with a list of 58 names he garnered from(…)

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Doing downward dog in Ramallah

Doing downward dog in Ramallah

 By Batya Ungar-Sargon, JTA World News Service Inhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two. I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently(…)

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Poll: Americans slightly in favor of Palestinian state

Poll: Americans slightly in favor of Palestinian state

(JTA) — Slightly more Americans favor the establishment of an independent Palestinian state than those opposed, a new poll found. Forty-two percent of the 837 Americans surveyed by Gallup backed a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while 38 percent were against one, according to the poll released Tuesday. Some 20 percent had(…)

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Scandinavian Jews see silver lining in strong Muslim response to Denmark shootings

Scandinavian Jews see silver lining in strong Muslim response to Denmark shootings

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service As a longtime promoter of Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Denmark, Naveed Baig is no stranger to Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue. The imam at the capital’s Danish Islamic Center, Baig, 39, has on numerous occasions sat under the structure’s gold-and-white ceiling meeting with people he calls his “Jewish brethren” to discuss issues of(…)

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Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

By Suzanne Pollak and Geoffrey W. Melada, JTA/Washington Jewish Week Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands(…)

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Day school students are vaccinating, records show

Day school students are vaccinating, records show

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent When the Seattle Times released a tool on its website in early February that showed vaccination rates based on 2011-12 school year — and only one of the six Jewish day schools showed that it had provided data — anxious and upset parents lit up the Internet with their(…)

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