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Will U.S. Jewish groups pivot left if Herzog wins?

Will U.S. Jewish groups pivot left if Herzog wins?

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – Come early next year, there might be yet another world capital that opposes Israeli settlement expansion and sees Benjamin Netanyahu as principally responsible for Israel’s isolation: Jerusalem. Isaac Herzog, the Labor Party leader, is faring well in the polls since Netanyahu called for new elections(…)

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Alan Gross released amid major U.S.-Cuba reforms

Alan Gross released amid major U.S.-Cuba reforms

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Obama administration announced the release of Alan Gross amidst sweeping changes in Cuba-U.S. ties, including a return to full diplomatic relations. Gross, a Jewish American contractor, was released Wednesday morning and is flying to Washington with his wife, Judy, where he will be met by U.S. lawmakers who advocated for his(…)

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It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish moms

It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish moms

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service JERUSALEM (JTA) – On the surface, the tour looked much like a standard Birthright Israel trip: Participants celebrated Shabbat in Jerusalem’s Old City, swam in the Dead Sea and ascended the ancient mountain fortress at Masada. The trip was mostly free and organizers were prepared with follow-up programming(…)

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