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The Israeli micronation you never knew existed

The Israeli micronation you never knew existed

By Leah Falk, Jewniverse via JTA Looking for some relative peace and quiet in the Middle East? Look no farther than Akhzivland, a micronation on Israel’s northern coast, near Nahariya. Officially a mere 10,000 square meters, this tiny independent state is presided over by Eli Avivi, an Iranian expat who settled there in 1952. (After the destruction of the Palestinian village Az-Zeeb in(…)

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The Best of Everything: Our local heroes

The Best of Everything: Our local heroes

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound See the winners of our Best of Everything survey here! Every year in our Best of Everything survey, we ask who your local heroes are. We’ve got a lot of heroes in this town, so we decided to give you the reasons behind a few of those people who(…)

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After five years at the helm, Hillel director to move on

After five years at the helm, Hillel director to move on

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Five years into his job as Greenstein Family Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Washington, Rabbi Oren Hayon announced his resignation last week. Hayon, a Reform-ordained rabbi who spent many years in Texas before moving to Seattle, will be returning to Texas to take a(…)

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Don’t compare Ferguson and Palestine

Don’t compare Ferguson and Palestine

By Kenneth Jacobson, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — The latest strategy being used by those who make a career of assaulting the good name of the State of Israel is to link the issue of full equality for African-Americans, as symbolized by the word “Ferguson,” with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is a(…)

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Seattle’s oldest synagogue makes way for a youth-full future

Seattle’s oldest synagogue makes way for a youth-full future

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent After five decades as a synagogue, youth facility, and multi-purpose space, the Yavneh building on Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath’s campus in Seward Park is scheduled for demolition. On Jan. 25, members of the NCSY youth group and community members will say goodbye to Yavneh before it is torn down(…)

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With new project, JFS leans into Jewish text

With new project, JFS leans into Jewish text

Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent At Jewish Family Service, 2015 will be a time to start deepening the 123-year-old organization’s connection to Jewish values through a renewed vision for all who work there. Called Project Kavod (kavod means “honor” in Hebrew), the initiative will be a three-year education and training program for staff and volunteers(…)

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The only kosher butcher shop in Cuba

The only kosher butcher shop in Cuba

By Zachary Solomon, Jewniverse/JTA World News Service For the kashrut-observant Cuban, there’s only one place to go for a piece of meat. Situated on Acosta Street in Old Havana is Cuba’s sole kosher butcher shop. For nearly 70 years, the privately run business has provided kosher beef to the country’s Jews, and only to the Jews —(…)

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Charlie Hebdo columnist was killed for being Jewish, cousin says

Charlie Hebdo columnist was killed for being Jewish, cousin says

(JTA) — A Charlie Hebdo columnist was killed because she was Jewish, the victim’s cousin said. Elsa Cayat was the only woman killed in the targeted attack Jan. 7 on the satirical magazine’s Paris headquarters by two al-Qaida operatives, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi. Cayat received threatening phone calls in the month before the attack(…)

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Victims of supermarket attack remembered at Paris synagogue

Victims of supermarket attack remembered at Paris synagogue

PARIS (JTA) — Hundreds gathered with the leaders of France and Israel to remember the victims of an attack at a kosher supermarket near Paris. French President Francois Hollande and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined several hundred members of the Jewish community at the memorial Sunday night at the Grand Synagogue of Paris, also(…)

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Several hostages killed in police raids on Paris sites

Several hostages killed in police raids on Paris sites

(JTA) — Several hostages were killed as simultaneous police raids on Friday ended the two hostage crises in Paris, one of which was at a kosher supermarket. The raids also left all of the captors dead, including the two brothers suspected with perpetrating Wednesday’s attack at Charlie Hebdo. The hostage situation at Hyper Cacher, a(…)

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