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Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson with Jewish friend.
 

Esquire’s ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ Scarlett Johansson Jewish and Liberal

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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Johansson is registered as an independent and campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

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Survey: Jewish Community Endowments Up 7.6 Percent

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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Jewish community foundation-managed endowments increased 7.6 percent in 2012 over the previous year, a new survey found. The Jewish Federations of North America annual survey of endowment development released last week showed federation endowments distributed $1.4 billion in 2012 to Jewish and secular organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Endowment assets grew in 2012 to $14.3 […]

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paying his respects to the family of Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef at the shiva in Jerusalem. Two of the sons turned out to have some unfinished business with the visiting leader.
 

Rav Ovadia’s Son to Netanyahu: You Hurt Dad’s Feelings

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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The prime minister was embarrassed during a shiva visit to the mourning children of the great man.

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Belgian Holocaust Survivor Wins Nobel Prize for Physics

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Francois Englert, a Belgian Jewish professor at Tel Aviv University and a Holocaust survivor, shared the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday, the third Jew in two days to win the esteemed award. The prize for Englert and Peter Higgs of Britain for their discovery of the Higgs particle was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy […]

 

The Stars Keep Falling on Israel

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsMediaArts and Entertainment

Efforts to bring Hollywood stars to Israel have extended to include Latin America, with a delegation of TV personalities and news executives arriving Monday from Central and South America as well as from the United States for a week-long visit. The trip was announced by America’s Voices in Israel (AVI), part of the Conference of […]

 

Jewish Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Jewish professor wins Nobel prize in physics.

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Hamas Criticized Abbas for Condolences to Rav Yosef’s Family

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

The Hamas terrorist organization has scolded Palestinian Authority  chairman Mahmoud Abbas for sending condolences to the family of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Abbas sent his message of sorrow via 12 visiting Knesset Members who met with him in Ramallah. Abbas told them he has previously met with members of the revered rabbi’s family. One of Rabbi […]

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"Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn't a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Minister Lapid told Charlie Rose.
 

Yair Lapid Tells US Jews They Are Safer than in Israel

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

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Last week in Budapest, Israel’s glamor MK Yair Lapid scolded Israelis for living in Berlin and not in Israel. So what does he say in NY? Israel may be home, but you know, you are much safer if you stay put.

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Rav Ovadia Gravesite
 

Visitors Continue to Stream to Rav Ovadia’s Graveside (Photos)

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Hundred of people continue to stream to the graveside of Rav Ovadia, in Jerusalem.

Ethiopian Jews take part in a the Sigd holiday prayer in Jerusalem.
 

Ethiopian Jewry to Celebrate Annual Sigd Holiday

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

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Sigd means “prostration” or “bowing down” in Ge’ez, the ancient Ethiopian liturgical language.

This 18th Century handwritten Passover Haggadah was discovered in a heap of rubbish.
 

18th Century Jewish Manuscript Found in Garage

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

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The 300-year-old manuscript that was found in a heap of garbage.

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Peres Asking Europeans to Reconsider Anti-Circumcision Resolution

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Council of Europe to reconsider a resolution condemning male ritual circumcision. In a letter issued Sunday to Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe — a pan-European intergovernmental organization — Peres wrote that he was “sorry to hear” of the resolution. The resolution, which was passed […]

"Jermain Defoe, he's a Yiddo."
 

Tottenham Jewish Fans Continue ‘Yid’ Chants Despite Police Warning

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

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You can't call anyone "Yid" in England, not even yourself.

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Community Leader: Danish Jewry Dwindling Due to Anti-Semitism

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

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Denmark’s Jewish community has lost 25 percent of its registered members over the past 15 years, partly due to anti-Semitism, its president said. The Jewish Community in Denmark, or Mosaisk Troessamfund, currently has 1,899 members compared to 2,639 in 1997, Mosaisk President Finn Schwarz told the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in an interview published last week. […]

 

Visiting Hours for Rav Ovadia Family Mourner’s Tent

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

A mourning tent has been set up next to the home of Rav Ovadia Yosef on Kablan street, Har Nof for the duration of the Shiva (week of mourning). Visiting hours are between 10 AM and 1 PM, and between 4 PM and 7 PM. The family asks that all visitors restrict themselves to those […]

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Close to a million mourners filled up Jerusalem's streets during Rav Ovadia Yosef's funeral.
 

Jewish Home Leaders Attacked at R. Ovadia’s Funeral

Posted on: October 8th, 2013

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Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett wrote in his Facebook page that Rav Ovadia was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our nation.

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Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan affixes mezuzah to a cultural center.
 

Mezuzah a Victory Sign in Struggle for ‘Shdema’ in Gush Etzion

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Five years ago, the IDF abandoned a base called Shdema near Bethlehem, part of “Area C” designated as Israeli-controlled, and tried to turn it over to Arabs. A group of women stopped the army.

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President Shimon Peres with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in 2011.
 

Peres’ Eulogy: Rav Ovadia Was ‘My Teacher, My Rabbi, My Friend’

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

No matter how secular Israeli Jews may appear, the glow of Torah burns somewhere inside almost everyone. Peres was not pretending when he called Rav Ovadia his “teacher.” His tears were real.

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.Crowds at Rav Yosef's funeral
 

Updated: 850,000 Mourners at Rav Ovadia’s Funeral (+Video)

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

The gigantic contribution of Rav Ovadia to Israel cannot be measured, but one indication is the 850,000 people who attended his funeral and a huge number who did not come, knowing there was no room for many more.

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Two Jews Win Nobel Prize in Medicine

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Two more Jews, both from the United States, and a German non-Jew won the Nobel Prize in medicine in Monday, while two Israel contenders lost out. The newest Jewish Nobel Prize winners are James Rothman of Yale University and Randy Schekman of the University of California. The Israeli hopefuls  were Hebrew University professors Howard Cedar […]

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