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Israel’s Chief Rabbinate promises to establish conversion standards and count Ivanka Trump as Jewish

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate promises to establish conversion standards and count Ivanka Trump as Jewish

The chief rabbis announced separately that they would convene a meeting next week with to determine the standards.

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French President Francois Hollande, right, welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Jan. 11, 2015. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Netanyahu reportedly rejects invitation to meet Abbas, Hollande in Paris

A swastika was discovered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Nov. 13, 2016. (Screenshot from Twitter)

90 Holocaust remembrance institutions, 70 scholars decry rise in hate speech

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United States

Adam Krief with his wife, Lia (Facebook)

Jewish cancer patient finds bone marrow donor following worldwide search, Kim Kardashian’s pitch

Blood drives were held around the world for Adam Krief, a 31-year-old father of three recently diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.

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Israel & Middle East

An Israeli firefighting airplane trying to extinguish a fire raging in Haifa, Nov. 24, 2016. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90)

Were claims of Israel’s ‘arson intifada’ overblown?

Fire and security officials investigating the blazes have been more hesitant about drawing conclusions than the political leadership.

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Women of the Wall members bringing Torahs to the Western Wall, Nov. 2, 2016. (Screenshot from Twitter)

American Jews protest in solidarity with Women of the Wall

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The Greek delegation of the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project baking challahs in Jerusalem in 2015. (Courtesy of Jewish Women's Renaissance Project)

‘Birthright for moms’ resonates with world’s small Jewish communities

In largely unobservant Greece and Turkey, subsidized Israel trips for Jewish women offer a rare opportunity to connect to the Jewish state.

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Life & Culture

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash

Some 150 guests will fete the celebrated actor, director, writer and philanthropist at a tea party in Beverly Hills.

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