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  • Warren, in rare Israel foray, defends Iron Dome funding

    3 weeks ago

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) vigorously defended her vote for increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-interception system.

    “America has a very special relationship with Israel,” Warren, a leader among liberal Democrats touted as a possible presidential contender, said...

  • Massachusetts Jews reflect on a decade of marriage equality

    May 30, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Ten years ago, shortly after midnight on May 17, 2004, a jubilant Arthur Lipkin and his longtime partner descended the stone steps of Cambridge City Hall clutching a marriage license application.

    It was a historic night of revelry and celebration, as Massachusetts became the...

  • Steve Grossman, ex-AIPAC chair, running for Mass. governor

    July 11, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Former AIPAC chairman Steve Grossman, now the treasurer in Massachusetts, said he will run for governor in the state.

    On Wednesday, Grossman told a local television station that he plans to announce his candidacy for the November 2014 election at the state’s Democratic Party...

  • Accused Boston Marathon bomber pleads ‘not guilty’ to attack

    July 10, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to committing the worst mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, a crime that could bring the death penalty.

    The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen spoke clearly in court, repeatedly answering that he was "not...

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  • Body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber buried

    May 9, 2013 | 11:34 am

    The body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried and is no longer in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, where it had been held at a funeral home, the Worcester Police Department said on Thursday.

    The police did not disclose where the body had been...

  • Boston bombing suspect’s family struggles to find burial site

    May 6, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    The body of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev remained in limbo on Monday as his family searched for a cemetery that would accept him.

    Several Massachusetts cemeteries have refused to bury Tsarnaev and protesters have staked out the Worcester funeral home holding...

  • Three men charged with undermining Boston bombing probe

    May 1, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged three men with interfering with the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, saying they hid fireworks and a backpack belonging to one of the suspected bombers as a manhunt was under way.

    The three, two students from Kazakhstan and a...

  • Obama: ‘The entire country is behind the people of Boston’

    April 19, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    President Barack Obama called Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Friday to offer ongoing federal help in the Boston bombing investigation, and to express condolences for a police officer killed in the search for suspects.

    "The President said...

  • John Kerry says he hopes to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks

    January 24, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Senator John Kerry, nominated to be the next U.S. secretary of state, said on Thursday he hopes for a revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    The comment by the Massachusetts Democratic senator, whose Senate confirmation is regarded as a virtual certainty, suggests the United...

  • Worcester, Mass., synagogue, day school building seized by IRS

    December 24, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    A building housing a synagogue and Jewish day school in Worcester, a city in central Massachusetts, has been seized by the Internal Revenue Service.

    Yeshiva Achei Tmimim synagogue and Yeshiva Academy day school in Worcester were seized for “nonpayment of internal revenue taxes,”...

  • Harold Grinspoon: Visualizing Jewish ‘Voices’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 20, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Here’s a challenge: Let’s say you had $1.1 million to give away on a program to inspire people working in Jewish organizations as well as the people who find themselves in their public spaces. 

    What would you do? Hand out baseball cards with the pictures of famous rabbis and...

  • Hospitals battled to protect patients as Sandy raged

    October 30, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    At one New York hospital where backup generators failed, staff carried premature babies down more than a dozen flights of stairs in one of the more dramatic moments for healthcare workers during powerful storm Sandy.

    Record flooding and power outages across the northeastern...

  • Romney, Ryan and Florida Jews

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    August 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    In 1992, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts mounted a strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits considered him a brainy guy who was willing to take on the sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare. Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, by contrast, seemed like a...

  • Could candidate pledges curtail the influence of Super PACs?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 24, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    If 2012 is the year when the independent expenditure groups known as Super PACs went mainstream, it could also be the year when an imperfect tool—the bilateral candidate pledge—emerged as a way to limit their power.

    This week, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, and...

  • Massachusetts pension board completes Iran divestment

    January 4, 2012 | 10:19 am

    The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management board announced that it divested all holdings in companies tied to Iran’s energy industry.

    The divestment, announced Tuesday in a news release, fulfilled a state law encouraging PRIM to pressure Iran to cease its nuclear...

  • Veteran congressman Barney Frank won’t run in 2012

    November 28, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Longtime U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will not run again for his Massachusetts seat in 2012.

    The veteran Democratic Jewish lawmaker’s office confirmed to JTA that Frank would make the announcement Monday in his congressional district, in the Town Hall in Newton, Mass., at 1 p.m.

    Frank,...

  • Mass. to change ‘12 primary away from Rosh Hashanah

    July 7, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Massachusetts’ secretary of state said he would change the date of the 2012 state primary to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashanah.

    The primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

    Secretary of State William Galvin said Wednesday that the primary...

  • Massachusetts, Israel invest $2 million for joint R&D

    June 30, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Massachusetts and Israel will invest $2 million for collaborative research and development projects in the fields of life sciences, clean energy and technology.

    The agreement, to support innovation and entrepreneurship, was announced Wednesday by Gov. Deval Patrick at the annual...

  • Second female “rabba” to be ordained

    April 28, 2011 | 11:32 am

    A second woman will be ordained under the title rabba.

    The Academy of Jewish Religion in Riverdale is set to ordain Kaya Stern-Kaufman, 47, of Great Barrington, Mass., at a ceremony on May 12, the New York Jewish Week reported Wednesday.

    Her ordination comes a year after Rabbi Avi...

  • Gov. Deval Patrick to lead Mass. trade tour of Israel

    February 9, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will lead a state trade delegation to Israel.

    Patrick, a Democrat, will tour Britain and Israel from March 7 to 17, his office said Tuesday, according to the Boston Globe.

    Patrick’s statement noted that nearly 100 companies with Israeli founders or Israeli-licensed technologies employed 6,000 people and generated $2.4 billion in income in his state in 2009.

    Robert Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots franchise in the National Football League, will be among the state business leaders accompanying the governor.

  • Reform launches special-needs summer programs

    January 11, 2011 | 4:06 pm

    The Union for Reform Judaism has launched two new summer programs for children with special needs.

    Camp Chazak in Massachusetts, opening this summer, is for middle-school children with communication and social delays. It has recreational and therapeutic programming.

    Like the...

  • Vocal Musicians Make a Joyful Noise

    By Lauren Korduner

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Human voices converge on the same note, echoing a haunting harmony -- arousing complicated emotions.

    This has been the buzz surrounding an award-winning Jewish a cappella group, Shir Appeal, a group of college students from Massachusetts, who will bring their hypnotizing harmonies...

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