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Laurence Gavron
 

Jewish Filmmaker Running for Parliament in Senegal

Posted on: June 29th, 2012

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Laurence Gavron was born in France to a Jewish family. She's lived in Dakar, Senegal, for the past ten years, where she is a film director and a writer. And she's running for parliament, a white, Jewish woman in a black, African country. “If all the people who have said they will vote for me really do vote for me, then I shall certainly be elected," she said. We urge our readers in Senegal to get out early to vote this Sunday.

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Günter Grass visited the Gdansk Jewish community in 2007. First on the left is Michal Samet.
 

Polish Synagogue to Günter Grass: Don’t Come Back

Posted on: June 29th, 2012

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Nobel Prize winner author Günter Grass was asked not to visit the synagogue in Gdansk, his birthplace.

 

Reform, Orthodox Kids to Celebrate Fourth of July Together

Posted on: June 29th, 2012

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The Americafest celebration next week, which will bring campers from the Orthodox Camp Darom in Grenada, Miss., to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Miss., was made possible by a grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp. The celebration will mark the first time the two camps have come together […]

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Chicago Chabad House Files for Bankruptcy to Avoid Foreclosure

Posted on: June 29th, 2012

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The brownstone housing the Chabad Lubavitch of the Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park was to have gone on the auction block Wednesday, but the bankruptcy filing this week gave Chabad additional time to repay a bank loan, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group has found a way to pay its debts but needed more […]

Chief Justice John Roberts
 

Chief Justice Roberts Saves Obamacare

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Democrat-appointed justices to rule 5-4 that Congress has the power to impose the healthcare mandate under its power to levy taxes.

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Hamas Points Finger at the Mossad for Killing Terrorist Leader in Damascus

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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A Hamas leader was assassinated in Damascus on Wednesday night, a member of the party’s politburo announced, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency.. Izzat al-Rishq wrote on his Facebook page that Kamal Ghanaja, also known as Nizar Abu Mujahed, was killed in his home in the Syrian capital. Hamas is investigating the crime, al-Rishq […]

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Shocking German Ruling May Lead to ‘Circumcision Tourism’

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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Head of the Religious Community of Islam in Germany Ali Demir predicted that a ban on circumcisions in Germany would lead to the development of "circumcision tourism in neighboring countries in Europe." ADL's Abe Foxman called on Germany's parliament to change the law, lest Jews again feel unwanted in Germany.

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Israeli Cherries Show up in Iranian Market

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

InDepthIran

The sweetness of Israel has seeped into the lives of unsuspecting Iranians, in the form of cherries grown in the Holy Land.

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Far-right politician Alexander Müller
 

Swiss Politician Wants ‘Kristallnacht for Mosques’

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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Alexander Müller has resigned from the Swiss People’s Party after a tweet sent from his account called for a repeat of the Night of the Broken Glass, this time targeting Muslims. His tweet read: “Maybe we need another Kristallnacht… this time for mosques.”

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Baltimore Jewish Youth Gets Three Years Probation for Assaulting Black Teen

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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Eliyahu Werdesheim will serve three years probation for assaulting a black teenager in Baltimore in 2010, when he was a member of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch. Werdesheim, now 24, avoided jail time for the November 2010 beating of Corey Ausby, then 15, the Baltimore Sun reported. Werdesheim was member of the Shomrim watch group […]

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A criminal investigation has been launched against Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute.
 

Rabbi Ariel Under Criminal Probe, ‘Banned Indefinitely’ from Temple Mount

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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The 78 year old who took part in the liberation of Temple Mount in 1967 is banned from entering the holiest Jewish site by Israeli Police, who say he will face charges.

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Reform Congregations in Hungary Lose State Recognition

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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The European Union for Progressive Judaism and Hungary’s two Reform congregations took their case against Hungary’s new law on religion to the European Court of Human Rights in The Hague. The two synagogues, Sim Shalom and Bet Orim, said in a statement that they had submitted an application Tuesday to the Court “concerning the violation […]

 

Screenwriter Nora Ephron, 71

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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Great Jewish screenwriter Nora Ephron died on Tuesday at age 71. Alfred A. Knopf, her book publisher, said in a press release that Ephron died of leukemia. Her son, Jacob Bernstein, told the New York Times she had died of pneumonia brought on by her leukemia. Screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Sleepless […]

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Budapest Police Question Rabbi for Outing Goy Shul President

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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A whistle-blowing Budapest rabbi was questioned by police for what has been described as misuse of sensitive private information stemming from a personal conflict within the Jewish community. Rabbi Zoltan Radnoti this week was finger-printed, photographed, and interrogated at a local police station. The investigation stems from a case last year, in which Radnoti revealed […]

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Charles Barron
 

Anti-Israel, ‘Amsterdam News’ Favorite, Charles Barron Loses Vote

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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It looks like someone went up to Charles Barron and slapped him. The former member of the City Council and the Black Panther party was handily defeated by Hakeem Jeffries for the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District. The new district is mainly African-American, with a significant percentage of Russian Jews and Hispanics. Jeffries won in a landslide with more than half the precincts reporting, taking 75 percent of the vote.

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"Scraiest Elmo"
 

Video: Anti-Semitic Elmo Ejected from Central Park

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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A man in an Elmo costume was ejected from Central Park and hospitalized after going on an anti-Semitic rant in the middle of the New York landmark. While the man’s name was not released because he was not arrested. Police said that Monday’s incident was not the first time he had been dressed as the […]

 

Both Pro-Israel African Americans Win NYC Primaries

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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The NY Post reports that Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel overcame demographic changes in his district to win the Democratic nomination for what will be his 22nd term on Tuesday. With more than half the precincts reporting, Rangel was leading by double-digits. Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries beat City Councilmember Charles Barron, a fierce anti-Israel voice, in the […]

Police manhandling Orthodox man, no warrant presented
 

Police Won’t Show Arrest Warrant, Beat and Cuff Orthodox Man

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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A couple in their late 40's were detained on Sunday after police conducted themselves violently and would not display an arrest warrant. They used fists instead.

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Andy Statman no longer needs Klezmer music the way he used to.
 

Andy Statman: Klezmer Is Finished

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

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Andy Statman says the time of Klezmer has passed. Having just received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship in June for his work in bluegrass and Klezmer music, Statman admits Klezmer used to be his substitute for Jewish observance. Now that he is an Orthodox Jew, he no longer feels the need to play the music.

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Religious Circumcision
 

German Court Criminalizes Religious Circumcision

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

A Cologne district court ruled on Tuesday that parents may not have their sons circumcised for religious reasons, essentially criminalizing religious circumcisions.

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