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  • Sanctions support grows

    January 15, 2014 | 10:28 am

    More than half the U.S. Senate has signed on to a bill that would intensify sanctions against Iran. But in a sign of the so-far successful effort by the White House to keep the bill from reaching a veto-busting 67 supporters, only 16 Democrats are on board.

    The number of senators...

  • Israelis Likely to Keep Waiting in Long US Visa Lines in Sherman vs. Boxer

    By Pini Herman

    April 15, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Los Angeles’ newly re-elected Congressman Brad Sherman's first bill introduced, House Resolution 300 or the Visa Waiver for Israel Act of 2013 is threatened on a new front in addition to earlier issues raised and answered in this blog by Congressman Sherman.

    Sherman’s bill to...

  • Israel Factor: Yes, Obama leads in scoring, but not in panel supporters

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 19, 2012 | 9:32 am

    The publication of our August Israel Factor survey – in which Obama, for the ‎first time, was ranked higher than Romney – made some waves. It was quoted ‎in Politico and JTA, and as expected irked some guardians of the old order ‎‎(a bit about these later). ‎

    As I...

  • Technology leading the way to lower-cost day school education

    March 29, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    The nondenominational Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey doesn’t have a math teacher. The East Brunswick school instead relies on experienced math tutors who help students work through an online math curriculum relying on outside sources.

    At Baltimore’s Ohr Chadash, a...

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  • Knesset passes law banning underweight models

    March 20, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved a new law that would ban the use of underweight models in advertising.

    The law passed Monday night also requires that any ad digitally altered to make a model look thinner must say so in the advertisement.

    Kadima Party lawmaker Rachel Adatto, a doctor who...

  • Cantor advises Weiner to ‘come clean’ in Twitter flap

    June 2, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, called on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to “come clean” about a controversy over a lewd photo.

    Cantor made his comments in a television interview on Thursday, as Weiner endured a fourth day...

  • Canadian Jewish Congress head running for office

    May 31, 2011 | 10:14 am

    The head of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber, announced he is running for public office.

    Farber, who worked for the CJC for 27 years and has been its CEO since 2005, announced he is taking a leave of absence to run as a Liberal candidate in October’s provincial elections...

  • Senate confirms Shapiro as U.S. ambassador to Israel

    May 27, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Daniel Shapiro as America’s next ambassador to Israel.

    Shapiro was nominated to the post in March by President Obama. At the time he was serving as senior director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council. He had coordinated Jewish outreach for the Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

    The president’s nomination of Shapiro was praised by a wide range of Jewish groups.

  • Military attache in Russia has been warned

    May 23, 2011 | 10:34 am

    Israel’s military attaché to Russia was expelled after three warnings, according to a Russian newspaper.

    Vadim Leiderman, expelled earlier this month on suspicion of spying, continued to contact Russian military officials without coordinating with the Russian Foreign Ministry,...

  • AIPAC likes Obama’s clarification on ‘67 lines

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 22, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee said it “appreciated” President Obama’s clarification that he did not expect Israel to return to its 1967 lines. 

    “In particular, we appreciate his statement that the U.S. does not expect Israel to withdraw to the boundaries that existed...

  • Digesting Obama’s speech—some goes down easy, some hard

    May 19, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Within hours of President Obama’s Middle East policy speech, Israeli leaders and Jewish groups on the left and right were picking through his remarks on Israel, alternately praising, fretting and criticizing.

    The big news was that Obama called for negotiations based on the pre-1967...

  • Google ordered to stop recommending anti-Semitic sites

    May 19, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    A court in Buenos Aires has ordered Google to stop recommending anti-Semitic and racist websites to users.

    The injunction issued May 17 comes following a complaint filed by several Jewish organizations. The decision came on the World Day of the Internet.

    The court ordered Google...

  • Cannes festival sanctions director for Nazi comments

    May 19, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    The Cannes Film Festival sanctioned director Lars von Trier for his expressions of sympathy for Hitler and Nazis.

    The festival board of directors on Thursday declared von Trier “persona non grata” and removed him from the festival, but said his current film, “Melancholia,”...

  • JTA launches online archive with a quarter-million articles

    May 4, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    JTA has launched a digital archive containing 250,000 articles dating from 1923.

    The JTA Jewish News Archive, which is searchable and free for the public to use, was launched officially Tuesday evening with a celebration at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

    Highlights of...

  • Muslim supplier cancels Jewish group’s order with rant

    November 2, 2010 | 10:20 am

    A Muslim-owned supplier in Johannesburg canceled an order placed by a South African Jewish group with comments about “blood money.”

    The South African Zionist Federation ordered conference bags from Saley’s Travel Goods for its biennial conference in March; the federation has...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith Fasting for Yom Kippur

    Jews aren't the only ones fasting this High Holiday season.

    Two other religious organizations, one Christian, one Muslim, have joined with a Jewish one to call on Americans to take part in a nationwide fast of reflection, repentance, reconciliation...

  • Can Jewish Groups Get Back on Track?

    By Rachel Pomerance

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish conference focused on a looming crisis might strike some as more of the same.

    But a wave of recent gatherings has tackled the existential questions facing world Jewry, and many are aimed at or driven by new actors.

    The slew of new forums focusing on the future of the Jewish...

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