Beitar Jerusalem soccer team cancels match against FC Barcelona after request to not hold match in Jerusalem

(JTA) — Beitar Jerusalem, an Israeli soccer team, has canceled an exhibition match against FC Barcelona after the powerhouse Spanish team refused to hold the match in Jerusalem. The friendly match had been scheduled for Aug. 4 in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, but Palestinians urged Barcelona, which is led by Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi, to […]

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How Israel became a judo powerhouse

TEL AVIV (JTA) — When he immigrated to Israel from his native Ukraine in the early 1990s, judo master Igor Romanitsky was already resigned to quitting the sport professionally and pursuing a medical career. “Israel wasn’t known for its judo scene back then, and I had a medical degree,” Romanitsky, now 57, told the Jewish […]

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Hazon-Pearlstone merger positions Baltimore as the new epicenter of Jewish sustainability work

(Baltimore Jewish Times via JTA) — With the pending merger of Hazon and the Pearlstone Retreat Center, Baltimore is poised to become a national leader in the Jewish outdoor food, farming and environmental education movement. Pearlstone, a Jewish retreat center and outdoor education site in the Baltimore suburb of Reisterstown funded by the local federation, […]

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Can Orthodox Women Have Jobs?

Orthodoxy — a word that represents a very wide array of approaches to traditional Jewish life — is characterized by defining different roles for men and women. Men are considered obligated in all of the 613 commandments (mitzvot) or religious life, and women are generally given greater responsibility in managing family life. But in no Orthodox […]

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It’s Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry

IN JUNE, three Republicans in the House of Representatives—Michael Waltz, Jim Banks and Claudia Tenney—introduced a resolution censuring Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Presley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for, among other things, “inciting anti-Semitic attacks across the United States.” House Democrats accused their colleagues of Jew-hatred as well, just less explicitly. Rep. Ted Deutch did not […]

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