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  • Snow dumping topples headstones in Brooklyn cemetery

    January 5, 2011 | 10:06 am

    New York City snow removal trucks dumped tons of snow from the area’s recent blizzard into the city’s largest Jewish cemetery, toppling 21 headstones.

    An iron fence around Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery also was damaged when crews from the Sanitation Department dumped the snow into...

  • Judge rules Rahm Emanuel’s name can appear on Chicago ballot

    January 4, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    NYTIMES: Rahm Emanuel cleared another hurdle in his bid for mayor of Chicago on Tuesday when a Cook County judge agreed with the city’s election board that his name should appear on the ballot.

    The judge, Mark J. Ballard, upheld the election board’s decision that Mr. Emanuel met...

  • Rubashkin appeal seeks new trial

    January 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Lawyers for convicted former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin have appealed a judge’s decision denying their bid for a new trial.

    In a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., lawyers for Rubashkin made four arguments on his behalf, chief among...

  • Rakitt taking over at Washington federation

    January 4, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    Steven Rakitt, the president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, has been named to head the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

    Rakitt was approved unanimously as the new executive vice president and CEO of the Washington federation, it was announced in a...

  • Jewish runners decry post-Yom Kippur marathon

    January 4, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Jewish marathon runners are racing to complain about the timing of the Chicago Marathon, which is set for the day after Yom Kippur.

    The runners have called and sent e-mails to the Bank of America Chicago, the marathon’s sponsor, saying that they will not be able to take in enough...

  • Napolitano visiting Israel to check security projects

    January 4, 2011 | 10:17 am

    United States Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is in Israel to check on joint security projects between the two countries.

    Napolitano visited Israel Monday and Tuesday as part of a multi-country tour that has included stops in Ireland, Afghanistan and Qatar. She will...

  • Alan Bennett, national Jewish education leader, dies

    January 3, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Dr. Alan Bennett, a leader in Jewish education and a founder of the Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel, has died.

    Bennett died in Cleveland at the Hospice of the Western Reserve on Dec. 21 after a short battle with cancer. He was 83.

    Bennett came to Cleveland in 1967...

  • U.S. opposes anti-settlement resolution

    December 30, 2010 | 9:30 am

    The United States opposes efforts to pass an anti-settlement resolution in the United Nations Security Council, a State Department spokesman said.

    At the same time, the administration does “not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity,” Mark Toner said Wednesday during...

  • WikiLeaks: U.S. did not help Dubai assassination investigation

    December 28, 2010 | 9:42 am

    The United States has reportedly declined a request by the United Arab Emirates to help investigate the assassination of a Hamas leader in a Dubai hotel room.

    Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was assassinated in the hotel room in January. Some 33 people are accused by Dubai police of...

  • U.S. military aid to Israel delayed

    December 27, 2010 | 11:10 am

    United States military aid to Israel for fiscal year 2011 has been delayed for three months.

    The more than $3 billion in military aid, one of the largest amounts ever earmarked for Israel, includes grants to upgrade the Iron Dome and Arrow anti-ballistic missile systems.

    The delay...

  • Rice cable confirms Israel destroyed Syrian reactor

    December 27, 2010 | 11:06 am

    A confidential memo from Condoleezza Rice to State Department representatives around the world confirmed that Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor, a cable leaked to WikiLeaks says.

    The cable, which has not yet been published, was reported by the Israeli newspaper Yediot...

  • Schindler’s List can be sold, judge rules

    December 27, 2010 | 11:02 am

    A Manhattan judge has ruled that an original copy of Schindler’s List can be sold.

    New York State Supreme Court Justice Louis York ruled last week that dealer Gary Zimet may auction off what is believed to be the only privately held original copy of Oskar Schindler’s list of Jews,...

  • Senate advances START treaty

    December 21, 2010 | 6:01 pm

    The U.S. Senate advanced a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that has been backed by a number of Jewish groups.

    The Senate on Tuesday voted 67-28 to end debate on ratifying the START treaty.

    The vote—56 in the Democratic caucus and 11 Republicans—was procedural but...

  • Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish test case for Tea Party

    December 21, 2010 | 10:43 am

    In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in.

    Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by evangelical Christians to unseat the powerful Jewish speaker of the Texas House of Representatives...

  • Risk aversion is risky business

    December 20, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    “Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up?” Robin Marantz Henig asked in The New York Times Magazine (“The Post-Adolescent, Pre-Adult, Not-Quite-Decided Life Stage,” Aug. 22). Lori Gottlieb urged reluctant single women to “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for...

  • Seattle buses to carry ‘Israeli war crimes’ ads

    December 20, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    Buses in downtown Seattle will carry advertisements about “Israeli war crimes” to mark the second year since the Gaza war.

    The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign has paid $1,794 to place the advertisements on 12 buses beginning Dec. 27, the day Israel entered Gaza to stop rocket...

  • Rubashkin family members fined $2 million

    December 19, 2010 | 8:50 pm

    Members of the Rubashkin family, who operated the now-defunct Agriprocessers kosher meatpacking plant, must pay a total of more than $2 million after defaulting on loans.

    A federal judge ordered Dec. 16 that Abraham Aaron Rubashkin and sons Sholom and Tzvi must pay the money to the...

  • Steve Rosen: Campaign with alleged Libyan funding was Jesse Jackson’s

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 16, 2010 | 3:17 pm

    Former senior AIPAC staffer Steve Rosen says he attempted in 1984 to disseminate information linking Libyan funders to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign.

    Rosen told reporters Thursday that Jackson was the candidate mentioned in documents he filed this week in his...

  • Suspect identified in Indiana U. anti-Semitic attack

    December 16, 2010 | 2:03 pm

    A suspect has been identified in a series of attacks on Jewish targets at Indiana University.

    An arrest warrant was issued against university employee Mark Zacharias on a charge of felony institutional criminal mischief. He was expected to turn himself in to police, according to...

  • House urges Obama to block unilateral Palestinian statehood

    December 16, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to veto any United Nations Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state.

    The non-binding resolution passed unanimously Wednesday evening calls on the Obama administration to “affirm that the United States...

  • AIPAC viewed U.S. gov’t as targeting pro-Israel groups during espionage probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 16, 2010 | 1:04 pm

    It was a case that transfixed the pro-Israel community: the arrest in August 2005 on espionage charges of two senior officials at the most influential pro-Israel group in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Before the government dropped the case in May 2009...

  • AIPAC viewed U.S. gov’t as targeting pro-Israel groups during espionage probe

    December 16, 2010 | 1:04 pm

    It was a case that transfixed the pro-Israel community: the arrest in August 2005 on espionage charges of two senior officials at the most influential pro-Israel group in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Before the government dropped the case in May 2009...

  • Brothers’ religious discrimination suit settled

    March 18, 2010 | 11:42 am

    A nationwide staffing company settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of two Jewish employees who were subjected to religious discrimination.

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had sued Texas-based Administaff, Inc., which provides human resource teams for small- to...

  • In Reversal, U.S. to Join U.N. Rights Council

    March 31, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    The United States will seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the council and prompting concern among some Jewish groups.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would participate in May elections for a seat on the 47-member council,...

  • Men who rock Israel’s history appear locally

    By Amy Klein

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Can the history of a nation be told through its music? If that nation has only been around for about 60 years, it's conceivable.

    This month it's possible to follow Israel's history -- or at least the zeitgeist of its people -- in Los Angeles through three very different sounds of...

  • Transcript of David Grossman’s speech at the Rabin memorial

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    ... I am speaking here tonight as a person whose love for the land is overwhelming and complex, and yet it is unequivocal, and as one whose continuous covenant with the land has turned his personal calamity into a covenant of blood.

    I am totally secular, and yet in my eyes the...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Upholds Contested Immigration Law

    Israeli Arabs are upset after Israel's top court upheld a controversial law that prevents Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs from living in Israel.

    By a vote of 6-5, the High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected petitions filed against the...

  • Cherry Blossoms Inspire Capital Walk

    By Melanie Reffes

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As the Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off on March 26, the spring weather descending on Washington, D.C., makes it great for walking among the cherry-inspired events throughout the nation's capital. And one neighborhood ripe for a stroll during a D.C. weekend getaway is...

  • South Seas Seder

    By Daniel Brookman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Namotu is a little speck of an atoll barely three acres in area, about the size of a typical shopping center. It's part of the South Pacific island nation of Fiji, and it's where my group of surfing lawyers decided to spend our annual legal seminar/surf trip last year.

    As the date...

  • Cherishing Passover

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.

    Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...

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