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  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Cruz lifts hold on State nominees prompted by FAA ban

    July 28, 2014 | 6:27 pm

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lifted his hold on State Department nominees after the Federal Aviation Agency explained to him its reasons for a 36-hour ban on flights to Tel Aviv.

    “I appreciate the FAA’s efforts to respond to my questions, and so I have lifted my hold on State...

  • Congressional candidate’s two-state solution: A ‘New Israel’ in Texas

    April 25, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    With the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations floundering, it may, perhaps, be time to consider an entirely different kind of two-state solution. One that involves the State of Texas.

    Congressional candidate Allan Levene is proposing to cut the Gordian Knot of Middle East peace...

  • Shooter at Fort Hood Army base in Texas, injuries reported

    April 2, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    At least one gunman opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday, injuring an unknown number of people at the U.S. Army base in central Texas that was the scene of a shooting rampage in 2009, officials said.

    "There has been a shooting at Fort Hood and injuries are reported. Emergency...

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  • George W. Bush to headline fundraiser for Texas proselytizing group

    November 7, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser in Texas for a group that seeks to convert Jews to Christianity.

    Bush is scheduled to appear Nov. 15 in suburban Dallas to raise funds for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a Texas-based group that says its mission...

  • Texas two-step: Israeli hoopsters Mekel and Casspi

    July 10, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    Jewish basketball fans will have their eyes on Texas when the NBA starts its new season this fall as Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel are signing on with teams in the Lone Star State.

    On Wednesday, Mekel, a point guard who helped guide Maccabi Haifa to its first Israeli Super...

  • Wendy Davis & Rick Perry = Good vs. Evil

    By Ilana Angel

    June 27, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    I love Wendy Davis.  Truly love her on levels that are deep, even though I only learned who she was recently.  She is an amazing woman and I admire her.  I do not like Rick Perry.  I dislike him on levels that are deep, even though I know I am wasting my energy.  Wendy Davis is...

  • Gun violence in America: Scandal!

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Two years after his mother was shot and killed, Dallas Sonnier received a phone call from the police: His father had just been shot and killed.

    Sonnier’s parents had divorced long before. That both were murdered was sheer coincidence — as if gun violence in America isn’t common...

  • Beren loses quadruple overtime thriller

    March 1, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys' basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost a quadruple overtime game in the state semifinals.

    Beren lost by one-point to Boerne Geneva after...

  • CUFI role in Hagel opposition shows conservatives’ resolve to stop confirmation

    January 29, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Chuck Hagel has made strides in his bid to secure Senate confirmation as defense secretary, winning the endorsement of leading Jewish Democratic senators and meeting with the leaders of major American Jewish groups.

    But conservative pro-Israel opposition remains fierce, bolstered...

  • Texas Jewish man sues for discrimination

    May 23, 2012 | 10:26 am

    A Jewish man in Texas is suing his former employer over discrimination claims.

    Sheldon Reichstein in his lawsuit against the Youth Advocate Programs Inc. alleges that various employees made discriminatory remarks about his race and religion, according to the Southeast Texas Record....

  • Following basketball controversy, press is on Texas school group to be more inclusive

    April 3, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools.

    Edd Burleson, the director of the The Texas Association of Private and Parochial...

  • TAPPS head: Beren Academy should never have been accepted to association

    April 2, 2012 | 7:58 am

    The Beren Academy Orthodox Jewish day school should never have been accepted to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the association’s director told a Texas newspaper.

    “We shouldn’t have accepted them in the first place,”  Edd Burleson, director of the Texas...

  • Thousands turn out for kosher chili contest in Dallas

    March 20, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Temple Shalom won the first turkey chili competition at the Kosher Chili Cook-Off in Dallas.

    More than 4,500 chili fans attended the competition at Tiferet Israel in Dallas.

    As always, the event featured meat and vegetarian categories, but turkey was added to the mix as the...

  • Orthodox school falls short in Texas tournament

    March 5, 2012 | 10:01 am

    The Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston lost, 46-42, to Abilene Christian in the 2A private and parochial boys basketball state championship game.

    Down by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, Beren closed the deficit to three with two minutes to play but could not cap the comeback...

  • Texas league backs down, agrees to pre-Shabbat basketball start time

    March 1, 2012 | 11:50 am

    A Texas athletic league has reversed course and will reschedule tournament games that will enable a Jewish day school, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston, to compete.

    The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, known as TAPPS, decided Thursday to reschedule a state...

  • Orthodox ballers sue Texas school school district

    March 1, 2012 | 11:39 am

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  • Jewish school is denied request to change basketball tourney time

    February 27, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    An Orthodox high school in Texas was rejected in its request to have the state basketball semifinals rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Jewish Sabbath.

    In a decision Monday, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools informed the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston...

  • Texas lawmaker apologizes for anti-Semitic slur

    November 7, 2011 | 10:38 am

    A Texas state representative apologized after using the slur “Jew them down” during a public hearing.

    Larry Taylor at a legislative oversight hearing on Nov. 3 concerning a quasi-public wind insurance agency and its need to pay claims on time said “Don’t nitpick, don’t try to Jew...

  • Quit Christian prayer rally, religious leaders urge Texas governor

    August 4, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    Sixteen rabbis are among the more than 50 Houston religious leaders who signed a letter asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to reconsider participating in a Christian prayer rally.

    Rick Perry, a potential Republican presidential candidate, plans to host “The Response” on Aug. 6 at...

  • Texas governor signs mezuzah law

    June 21, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a law that would require homeowner associations to permit religious displays on residents’ doors, including mezuzot.

    Perry signed the bill at the end of the Texas legislative session on June 17; it reportedly had been unclear whether he would sign...

  • RJC expresses concern about Paul candidacy

    May 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition expressed its concern about reports that Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is planning a third bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

    “As Americans who are committed to a strong and vigorous foreign policy, we are deeply concerned about the prospective...

  • Giving a boost to Jewish life in the South

    April 21, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    As Allie Goldman’s plane was making its descent on the blazing 97-degree Midland/Odessa airport in west Texas, the landscape dotted with oil dykes looked foreign to the Dallas native even though it was the same state.

    But Goldman’s work schedule for the weekend was familiar:...

  • Holocaust archives volunteer arrested for document theft

    January 13, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    A volunteer at a private Holocaust archives in Texas was arrested for stealing documents and selling them online.

    Mansal Denton, 20, was a volunteer for a year-and-a-half at the Mazal Holocaust Library in San Antonio of the largest privately held Holocaust archives in the world, the...

  • Straus, re-elected as Texas speaker, rips attacks on faith

    January 11, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Joe Straus, overwhelmingly reelected speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, strongly repudiated attacks on his Jewish faith.

    “Attacks on people’s religious beliefs have no place in this House,” Straus, a Republican, said Tuesday after winning the vote 132-15, according to...

  • References to pork, Jesus lead to retrial

    January 11, 2011 | 10:44 am

    References to the trial of Jesus and a pork comment made by a defense lawyer for Cisco Systems during a federal trial have led a judge to grant a new trial.

    Jurors in Marshall, Texas, last May awarded Commil USA more than $3.7 million in patent infringement damages, though the...

  • Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish test case for Tea Party

    December 21, 2010 | 10:43 am

    In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.

    Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives...

  • Texas two-step: Pre-med student becomes NFL squad’s first Jewish cheerleader

    August 12, 2010 | 11:39 am

    It’s a safe bet to assume that there are more Jewish doctors than NFL cheerleaders.

    Michelle Lewis, 21, is on the way to becoming both.

    Lewis, a native of Bellaire, Texas, already has passed the first test—she was chosen for the Houston Texans cheerleaders, making the final cut...

  • Texas governor meets Jewish leaders

    May 4, 2010 | 11:33 am

    Orthodox Jewish community leaders in Texas met with senior state officials including Gov. Rick Perry, who expressed support for a school voucher program.

    The April 29 meeting, under the auspices of the Orthodox Union’s Institute for Public Affairs, included business leaders from the...

  • Talk like a pirate—talk like a Jew?

    By The Web Guy

    September 18, 2008 | 5:42 pm

    Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means it’s time to resurrect one of our most popular articles—the story of Jean Lafitte—Sephardic Jewish pirate of the Caribbean.

    Here’s an excerpt from Adam Wills’ fascinating article:

    Lafitte ... establish[ed] a pirate kingdom in the swamps...

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