Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Nisan 25, 5776

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When ice hockey debuted at the 1997 Maccabiah Games, few, if any, people anticipated that the sport would say hello and goodbye at the very same moment. But it did. Hockey was relatively new on the Israeli sports scene, and all the games were played at Israel’s only regulation-size rink in Metula, a town of 2,000 people near the border...
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When Steve Katz wanted to set up kosher concession stands a few years ago, he approached the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers. The only team interested was the one that plays Sundays. The stand opened before the 2011 season. Jewish fans, who before then did not have ko­sher food options inside Lincoln Financial Field, could now eat barbecued brisket and...
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Holly Leber Jewish Telegraphic Agency
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Sometimes, Benjamin Ro­senthal thinks about leaving the small town of Indianola, Miss., pop. 11,000, where he spent most of his life. He wants to go where there are more Jews. “It’s easy to lose your identity in the Bible Belt in a town when you are the religious minority,” said Rosenthal, 25. In the Bible Belt, religion rules...
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Calif. Democratic Party Chair Apologizes WASHINGTON (JTA) — John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda. Following an uproar over the remarks, which were condemned by Democrats and Republicans, Burton issued a statement on Monday. “To correct press reports of my recent comments...
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain. “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’ ” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of went into our hurricane action mode and did the best we could.” One of...
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