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Braun’s back, Kinsler’s in Detroit and other Jewish Major Leaguers

BALTIMORE (JTA) – In the biblical tradition of lingering in the desert en route to the Promised Land, Major League Baseball teams are packing up and embarking on their exodus from Arizona (and Florida) spring training sites to begin the new season. Nine Jewish players are likely to make the journey, led by Moses and Aaron — er, Ian Kinsler and Ryan Braun. A Jewish perennial, Kevin Youkilis, late of the New York Yankees, signed with Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for this season. And veteran pitcher Jason Marquis, a free agent who won nine games last season with the San Diego Padres, was still looking for a team.


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Myths and Facts

Myth and Fact: Should East Jerusalem be part of a Palestinian state?

by Mitchell G. Bard

Before 1865, the entire population of Jerusalem lived behind the Old City walls (what today would be considered part of the eastern part of the city).


Israel Center

Bringing Israel to the Valley of the Sun

The Israel Center works to build living bridges between Greater Phoenix and the State of Israel. The Center serves as an educational resource in the community, bringing the culture and uniqueness of Israel through a variety of events and programs throughout the year.


UJC's Shai from Jerusalem: Livni on the Election Trail

by Nachman Shai

Nine days before the end of the period she had been allotted to form a new government, Tzipi Livni notified President Shimon Peres that she had not succeeded in this task and it was time to hold new elections.

Israel Consulate News

Israeli Consulate News

September 11 - The Jerusalem Posts asks readers: Looking for a wife who will give you at least three children, likely outsmart you, and almost certainly outlive you? According to the latest Central Bureau of Statistics report, based on figures for 2006, Israel is the place to be.
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Israeli Author Sheds Light in Shadowy Corners

by Stephanie L. Freid 

"Coming out" in any culture can be fraught with controversy, internal conflict and emotion. And within religious environs, announcing one's homosexual preferences increases the complications exponentially.

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Dead Sea's Shrinking Prompts Concern

Uriel Heilman

EIN GEDI, Israel (JTA) -- The beach at the Ein Gedi Spa at the Dead Sea would seem like an ideal place for a little R&R amid the frenzy of modern Israel. Set in the quiet of the desert, it has stunning views of Jordan’s mountains and its therapeutic waters reputedly do wonders for the complexion.



Next Week in Jerusalem

By Leah Hakimian

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   Global Jewish Populations

Source: Sergio DellaPergola, World Jewish Population, 2004, in American Jewish Year Book 2004

Argentina: 185,000

Australia: 101,000

Austria: 9,000

Azerbaijan: 7,200

Bahamas: 300

Belarus: 22,000

Belgium: 31,300

Bolivia: 500

Bosnia-Herzegovina: 500

Botswana: 100

Brazil: 96,800

Bulgaria: 2,200

Canada: 371,000

Chile: 20,800

China: 1,000

Colombia: 3,300

Congo: 100

Costa Rica: 2,500

Croatia: 1,700

Cuba: 600

Czech Republic: 4,000

Denmark: 6,400

Dominican Republic: 100

Ecuador: 900

Egypt: 100

El Salvador: 100

Estonia: 1,700

Ethiopia: 100

Finland: 1,100

France: 496,000

Georgia: 3,800

Germany: 112,000

Gibraltar: 600

Greece: 4,500

Guatemala: 900

Hungary: 50,000

India: 5,100

Iran: 10,900

Ireland: 1,200

Israel: 4,940,000

Italy: 28,800

Jamaica: 300

Japan: 1,000

Kazakhstan: 4,000

Kenya: 400

Kygryzstan: 700

Latvia: 8,900

Lithuania: 3,400

Luxembourg: 600

Macedonia: 100

Mexico: 39,900

Moldova: 5,000

Morocco: 4,000

Namibia: 100

Netherlands: 30,000

Netherlands Antilles: 200

New Zealand: 6,800

Nigeria: 100

Norway: 1,200

Panama: 5,000

Paraguay: 900

Peru: 2,400

Philippines: 100

Poland: 3,300

Portugal: 500

Puerto Rico: 1,500

Romania: 10,500

Russia: 244,000

Serbia-Montenegro: 1,500

Singapore: 300

Slovakia: 2,700

Slovenia: 100

South Africa: 74,000

South Korea: 100

Spain: 12,000

Suriname: 200

Sweden: 15,000

Switzerland: 18,000

Syria: 100

Thailand: 200

Tunisia: 1,200

Turkey: 17,900

Turkmenistan: 400

Ukraine: 89,000

United Kingdom: 299,000

United States: 5,290,000

US Virgin Islands: 300

Uruguay: 19,600

Uzbekistan: 5,200

Venezuela: 15,600

Yemen: 200

Zimbabwe: 500