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Links 1 through 10 of 55 by Latoya Peterson tagged Jewish

"Among its many findings, Ostrer’s paper indicated that Jews have African ancestry — an observation that David Reich, associate professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues decided to explore further.

Reich’s team analyzed more than half a million DNA markers across the entire genomes of people from seven diverse Jewish populations — including Ashkenazim from northern Europe; Sephardim from Italy, Turkey and Greece, and Mizrahim from Syria, Iraq and Iran. They then compared the genetic data with DNA from 15 sub-Saharan African populations.

Reporting in the April issue of PLoS Genetics, the researchers found that modern day Jews can attribute about 3% to 5% of their ancestry to sub-Saharan Africans, and that the exchange of genes between Jews and sub-Saharan Africans occurred approximately 72 generations, or about 2,000 years, ago."

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"That complex, intertwined relationship has been mirrored in pop music. The involvement of Jewish Americans in African-American music has been well documented (perhaps too much so), from Tin Pan Alley through jazz and rock to hip-hop. The flipside of black artists exploring Jewish musical culture has been less discussed, but a new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum aims to change that. "Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations" shines a revealing light on this relationship. Presented by the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, a self-described group of "record-collecting dumpster divers" who aim to reexamine Jewish-American history by showcasing sometimes long-forgotten music, the exhibit makes a fascinating display of the influence of Jewish and Yiddish culture on black popular music of the 20th century."

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"The game, which gathered participants via Facebook, is a complicated contest of tag, in which "Jews" are taken, blind-folded, by car to a place off campus and have to make their way back to base, while pursued by "Nazis", said Sherri Johnstone, assistant superintendent for personnel at the Desert Sands Unified School District.

Organizers had put up a Facebook page announcing the game that was "friended" by some 40 students, of which seven participated, Johnstone said."

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"For much of Israel's short history, it has enjoyed intimate diplomatic and cultural ties to the U.S. In addition to both being democracies and sharing a similar agenda in the Middle East, Israel and the U.S. boast the two largest Jewish populations in the world. But could the support for Israel among American Jews be slipping? Most American Jews are liberal, for reasons we explored here. Some liberal U.S. Jews, including Jon Stewart, are distancing themselves from what the New York Times calls "a state whose government is now dominated by nationalist and ultrareligious politicians." In the New York Review of Books, Peter Beinart--a prominent, liberal, Jewish pundit who has long supported Israel--says that American Jewish support for Israel is dropping rapidly and could, he says, disappear among the liberals who dominate the group."

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"Sandra Bullock, a non-Jewish white woman, who won an Oscar for being a movie where she is a white savior to a black child, while married to a sorta-white supremacist, adopted a black child from New Orleans, a city that's black population was and continues to be abandoned by the US government and together they gave him a bris (a Jewish religious ceremony)...

Okay, circumcision is one thing, but a bris is one of the most sacred traditions in Judaism. Taking it from its Jewish space feels yucky. I wouldn't get baptized because I thought it looked interesting and I like swimming."

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“She better have everything covered up on the day of the match because if she comes near me with that stuff showing I’ll make a scene and walk out. I don’t care if I get sued. I will NOT be associated with anti-Semitism. I want out of this event. I don’t want to do it anymore but I’m contractually obligated."

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"And yes, you see it in the comparable circumstances our communities have faced as we've woven ourselves into the social fabric of this nation: We both know what it means to be alternately held up as examples of the American dream, scaling the generational ladder from poverty to professional success, and as major players in the American nightmare -- labeled as "parasites," libeled as insular and self-serving, dismissed or demonized as exotic aliens and permanent outsiders."

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"More than two weeks after 11 students were arrested at UC Irvine for disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador, the incident continues to draw sharp reactions from Jewish, Muslim and civil liberty organizations.

But the loudest voices are being raised far from campus, all but drowning out the sentiments of students."

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"Esther Bejarano says music helped keep her alive as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz and in the years that followed.
Now, 65 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camp, the 85-year-old has teamed up with a hip-hop band to spread her anti-racism message to German youth.

"It's a clash of everything: age, culture, style," Bejarano, a petite lady with an amiable chuckle, told The Associated Press ahead of Auschwitz Liberation Day on Wednesday. "But we all love music and share a common goal: we're fighting against racism and discrimination."

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"Man Ray had practical reasons to assimilate. Early in his career Fascism was on the rise, and Jewish artists were routinely ghettoized by critics, peers and the art market. But as this show reveals, Man Ray’s self-effacement was obsessive. He made a sport of trying to conceal his background, even late in life when he had achieved artistic recognition. When he wrote his selective autobiography, “Self-Portrait” (1963), he left out nearly all the dates."

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