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Orthodox Push Obama on Israel, Contraceptives, in White House Meeting

16 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
The OU reps pressed Obama hard on his handling of US-Israel relations and on mandating contraceptive coverage. Obama accused Netanyahu of trying to "act without restraints."

Israel May Up Fertility Treatment Subsidies to Three Kids, Cut Aid to Older First-Time...

14 Sivan 5772 – June 4, 2012
Israel’s Health Ministry is mulling a plan to vastly increase government assistance to couples with fertility difficulties to grow larger families, while decreasing the amount of subsidies to women over the age of 43 who have never succeeded in getting pregnant.

Chabad Sends Camouflaged Torahs, Cheesecakes, to Soldiers Overseas

3 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
The Aleph Institute, a Chabad-Lubavitch organization catering to the needs of Jewish soldiers and their families, is helping servicemen celebrate the upcoming holiday of Shavuot with 1,000 special military edition Torah books, according to a report on Chabad.org.

Artifact Found in Time for Shavuot Proves Bethlehem Existed During First Temple

2 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ir David Foundation announced that a clay seal was discovered bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem, evidence that the city existed during the period of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The find coincides with the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, during which time Jews from around the world focus on the story of the biblical figure Ruth, set in the city of Bethlehem.

Young Olim from U.S. Celebrate Their First Shavuot in Israel

Nefesh B’Nefesh organized a special celebration yesterday in Ein Yael, Jerusalem for new Olim to better prepare them for their first Shavuot in Israel.

Jewish Children Attacked on Mount of Olives Before Jerusalem Day

28 Iyyar 5772 – May 20, 2012
A group of Jewish children and their parents were targeted in a fierce rock attack Friday night outside the Maale HaZeitim neighborhood in Jerusalem, miraculously escaping serious injury. Jerusalem police who arrived to investigate were also pelted with stones – and left.

Jewish Birthrate Exceeds Arab in Jerusalem

The Jewish birthrate per capita of Jewish mothers in Jerusalem is now higher than that of Arab women in Israel’s capital city.

Y-Love – Jewish, Orthodox, Black… and Gay

24 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
New York rapper Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan, famed black convert to Orthodox Judaism and celebrated artist, has announced that he is homosexual in an interview with Out magazine.

New Yoga Course Has Jewish Women Striking Kosher Pose

Women who seek the opportunity to do Asanas in an environment which is more Hoshannah than Ganesha – and teach other women to do the same - can now sign up for a special course designed especially for Jewish Yoga aficionadas who want to teach the healing art to others.

Mixed Jewish Reaction To French Vote; Trepidation Over Greek Election Results

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
Jewish reaction was mixed to the election of the Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande as the president of France while Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time.

Thousands of French Jews Consider Aliyah

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
Some 5,000 French Jews participated in an aliyah fair in Paris. The fair, organized and run by the Jewish Agency, took place on the Sunday of Francois Hollande's election as their new president, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy—the Jewish community's favorite. A recent poll found that 26 percent of those surveyed said they have considered emigrating due to French anti-Semitism.

French Jewry Leader: Hollande Victory a Boost to Anti-Israel Front

Following his victory Sunday, the 57-year-old François Hollande shouted himself hoarse, as he had done so often during the campaign, thanking his supporters for electing him president and promising to unite the whole country. But Richard Prasquier, President of the Jewish-French organizations, says one of the changes the Hollande presidency brings is a boost to the anti-Israel left.

Report: ‘Sustained, Ongoing Undercurrent of Anti-Jewish Bias in Canada’

12 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
Despite a drop of 0.7% in antisemitic incidents in 2011 over the previous year, the gravity of the problem in Canada is better understood by observing long-term trends: antisemitic incidents have grown twenty-fold since B'nai Brith started monitoring antisemitism thirty years ago, while a five-year view shows a 24.6% rise.

Vatican Rep Wants Alliance With Jews, Muslims, to Combat Gay Marriage

A Vatican representative has issued a call for the world’s foremost religions to unite to take a stand against gay marriage. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the...

Jewish NFL Lineman Heads to Cleveland

For the Jewish community in Ohio, the newest Cleveland Browns lineman is also a landsman. Mitchell Schwartz will arrive in Cleveland on Thursday, May 10...

NY Jews Lay Mitzvahs on Thick, Break World Record

Members of the UJA-Federation of New York set a Guinness World Record on April 29 for assembling the greatest number of sandwiches for the...

Poll: Obama Winning Back Jews

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
Jewish support for President Obama has improved significantly in the last year and a half, according to a new survey by the American Jewish Committee .

Hebrew Seal Dating Back to First Temple Period Discovered

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
Israel Antiquities Authority: The seal, discovered during excavations of the drainage channel between the City of David and the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, "is engraved with the name of its owner: 'Lematanyahu Ben Ho…' ('למתניהו בן הו...' meaning: 'Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho…')."

Can We Make Auschwitz A Little More Stylish?

7 Iyyar 5772 – April 29, 2012
American clothing retailer Urban Outfitters is in hot water for selling a yellow T-shirt with a patch over the breast pocket that looks like a designer's idea of how to improve that old fashioned yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis. Make it blue, for one thing, yellow is soooo 1941.

Mass Rally of ‘Jews Against the Internet’ to Pack Citi Field in May

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 26, 2012
Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews will participate in a huge rally to be held on Sunday evening, May 20, at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, to combat the evils of the Internet and the damages caused by advanced electronic devices. One of the event organizers said: "This will be a mass rally never before seen in the history of Orthodox Jewry in the U.S." The rabbis behind the event say the Internet creates "many serious family-related problems."

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