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March 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Storm-tossed in the Caribbean and captured by pirates, 23 Jews fleeing oppression in Brazil eventually landed in 1654 in what is now New York and formed America's first Jewish congregation. Descended from survivors of the Spanish Inquisition, these pioneer American Jews called themselves the "remnant of Israel"--in Hebrew, Shearith Israel.
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March 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Storm-tossed in the Caribbean and captured by pirates, 23 Jews fleeing oppression in Brazil eventually landed in 1654 in what is now New York and formed America's first Jewish congregation. Descended from survivors of the Spanish Inquisition, these pioneer American Jews called themselves the "remnant of Israel"--in Hebrew, Shearith Israel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1993 | Researched and written by John Dart
This is the Jewish New Year 5754. Though modern Jews acknowledge the scientific view that the Earth is billions of years old, the holiday tradition follows the reckoning of 12th Century Jewish scholars who said the world was created 3,761 years B.C., or before the Common Era.
NEWS
May 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
H.R. Haldeman, as Richard Nixon's right-hand man, recorded in his diary that the President was "pretty fed up with blacks," and believed there was "total Jewish domination of the media." On Feb. 26, 1970, Haldeman dictated that Nixon "really raged again against United States Jews" and told his aide "not to let any Jews see him about the Middle East." Haldeman noted that the Nixon outburst was in the presence of his national security adviser, Henry A. Kissinger, who is Jewish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1989 | From Religious News Service
Orthodox officials have taken steps to diminish the significance of an Israeli Supreme Court ruling that non-Orthodox converts to Judaism must be registered as Jews in official documents. Interior Minister Arye Deri, an Orthodox rabbi, said that neither he nor his chief clerk will sign the mandatory national identity cards, which state the bearer's name, address, marital status and "nationality," or religion.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2002 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON -- Zacarias Moussaoui, charged with conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, is mentally competent to represent himself in his upcoming trial, federal prosecutors said Friday, citing a court-appointed psychiatrist's findings. Without objection from the Justice Department, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema is expected to approve Moussaoui's request at a hearing Thursday in Alexandria, Va., and allow him to fire his court-appointed lawyers and represent himself.
NEWS
May 18, 1994 | RONALD J. OSTROW and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Newly released diaries kept by Richard Nixon's chief of staff portray the late President as alternately gleeful and guilt-ridden about provoking confrontations with Vietnam antiwar demonstrators and more scornful of blacks and Jews than had been reported previously. The diaries secretly kept by the late H.R. Haldeman, one of Nixon's most trusted White House lieutenants, provide new insights into Nixon's complex personality. They reveal the darker side of the only U.S.
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September 1, 1991 | AHMET BALAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In 1492, the year Columbus sailed westward from Spain, that nation's Catholic rulers expelled its Jews. Many came east, to Turkey, where their descendants have lived in relative peace. As several countries plan observances of the historic voyage 500 years ago, Turkey's Jews prepare to celebrate their own special anniversary and honor Bayezit II, the Muslim sultan who welcomed the Spanish outcasts. About 26,000 Jews now live in Turkey, a predominantly Muslim nation of 57 million.
WORLD
March 20, 2008 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Like a candidate canvassing the neighborhood, Sen. John McCain paid a call on the Amar family Wednesday in their yellow stone house on Sinai Street. "He came in, shook hands, talked at eye level and was not condescending," Aliza Amar said. "He walked in with simplicity, as if he lives around here." He doesn't.
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December 22, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Isaac Mankin, 53, a senior scientist in the southern Russian city of Saratov, applied to emigrate from the Soviet Union 2 1/2 years ago, he expected that it would be quick and simple because, after decades of trouble, Jews were finally leaving by the thousands for Israel. "The refusenik era was over--even the biggest scientists could go," said Dr. Anna Mankin, a daughter. "We thought there was no possibility of our being turned down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1996 | From Associated Press
Judaism is no longer one religion and it is time for Reform Jews to break free of Orthodox confines, the head of a Reform rabbinic association says. In a speech to open the recent five-day convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Simeon Maslin said Orthodox direction has become insulting, arrogant and power-hungry to Reform Jews. "It is all very well to sloganize about how 'We Are One' . . .
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