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  • For southern Israel, start of school is start of ‘rocket season’

    August 27, 2012 | 10:09 am

    As the school year got underway for more than two million Israeli students across the country on Monday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open territory in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel—midway between Beersheba and Ashkelon—causing no...

  • Jewish Dems slam GOP for Ron Paul tribute

    August 24, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    Jewish Democrats slammed Republicans for planning a tribute to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at the Republican convention.

    In a press call Friday, a top aide to Rommey confirmed that there would be a prime time video tribute to Paul.

    “Paying tribute to this man who disparaged the...

  • Iran reportedly installs hundreds of new uranium enrichment machines

    August 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Iran may have installed as many as “hundreds of new” uranium enrichment machines in its underground nuclear facility at Fordow.

    “Our basic understanding is that they were continuing to install,” Reuters quotes an unnamed diplomat based in Vienna as saying.

    The new centrifuges...

  • RJC, ECI demand removal of ‘radical’ rabbi from Obama list

    August 24, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Two conservative groups called on the Obama campaign to sever ties with a “radical” on its newly-released list of more than 600 rabbis who support the president’s reelection.

    The campaign rejected the demand.

    The Republican Jewish Coalition on Thursday “expressed profound...

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  • Abramson 5th on Forbes list of powerful women

    August 23, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times and first woman to lead the paper, was named the fifth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

    Abramson was ahead of first lady Michelle Obama, who was ranked seventh, and below philanthropist Melinda Gates and...

  • U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit

    August 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    As Iran gets set to host the Non-Aligned Movement triennial summit, Israel, the United States and a number of Jewish groups are worried that what happens in Tehran won’t stay there.

    The decision Wednesday by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, to attend the 16th triennial...

  • Australian Foreign Minister tells Tehran delegates to walk out if anti-Semtism

    August 23, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Jewish community leaders in Australia are angry that the government is sending delegates to a summit in Iran, though they have been instructed to walk out at the first sign of “anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

    Dr. Danny Lamm, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said the...

  • African Christian Democratic Party will fight South African decision on West Bank labeling

    August 23, 2012 | 10:04 am

    The African Christian Democratic Party said it would fight the South African government’s decision to adopt a regulation that prevents the labeling of goods from the West Bank as being produced in Israel.

    Meanwhile, South Africa’s ambassador to Israel was summoned to a meeting...

  • Mickey Cohen’s colorful life of crime

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 22, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    Meyer Harris Cohen was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in imperial Russia, immigrated with his family to the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn and reached Los Angeles’ Jewish point of entry in Boyle Heights in 1915. Up to this point, the spare details of his biography are...

  • Netanyahu, Peres condemn lynch incident

    August 22, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack by Jewish teens on three Palestinians in the center of Jerusalem.

    “In the state of Israel, we are not prepared to tolerate racism; neither are we prepared to tolerate the combination of racism and violence,” Netanyahu said...

  • Rabbis join Obama support group

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Some 613 American rabbis, ranging across all denominations, have signed up as supporters of Rabbis for Obama, it was announced Tuesday by the Obama for America campaign.

    The new figure represents more than twice the number of supporters than when the organization was launched in...

  • Pool trusts ensure care of adults with special needs

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    August 22, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    “Keys! Keys!” David Weisbord says as he tugs at his father’s hand, pulling him toward the door.

    “OK, Child, we’ll go for a ride,” Seth Weisbord says with loving exasperation.

    A ride with dad around David’s Culver City neighborhood is one of David’s favorite...

  • Abbas denies Jerusalem’s Jewish heritage

    August 22, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas also said that Israeli authorities want to build a Jewish Temple on the site of the al-Aksa mosque and Dome of the...

  • South Africa approves West Bank labeling regulation

    August 22, 2012 | 10:43 am

    South Africa has adopted a regulation to prevent the labeling of goods from the West Bank as being produced in Israel.

    Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi announced Wednesday that goods produced in the West Bank should now be labeled as originating from the ‘‘Israeli Occupied...

  • In letter to Quartet, Lieberman calls for Abbas’ ouster

    August 22, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked countries working for Israeli-Palestinian peace to call for new elections to remove Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from office.

    The letter, sent to the Mideast Quartet—the grouping of the United States, Russia, the...

  • German rabbi criminally charged for performing circumcisions

    August 21, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    A rabbi in Bavaria has been slapped with criminal charges of committing bodily harm, in the first known case to arise from an anti-circumcision ruling in May.

    The charge against Rabbi David Goldberg, who is a mohel, or ritual circumciser , means that the May decision in the state of...

  • Obama campaign launches rabbis list

    August 21, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    More than 600 rabbis joined a campaign initiative called Rabbis for Obama.

    Obama for America announced Tuesday that Rabbis for Obama is designed to “engage and mobilize grassroots supporters.”

    The rabbis represent themselves and not individual synagogues or organizations, according...

  • Israel protests to U.N. over Iranian rhetoric

    August 21, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    Israel submitted a letter to the United Nations Security Council protesting recent statements by Iranian leaders against Israel.

    “Over the past several days, the most senior Iranian leaders have issued yet another series of outrageous statements, which called for the destruction of...

  • GOP, Democratic conventions will gain Jewish focus for similarities and gaps

    August 21, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Get set for a political double feature with much of the same plot, but with different outcomes for the issues that tend to preoccupy Jewish voters.

    The same key words and themes will bounce around Jewish events at next week’s Republican convention in Tampa, Fla,. and at the...

  • Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

    August 21, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Russia warned the West on Tuesday against unilateral action on Syria, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama threatened “enormous consequences” if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,...

  • Israeli chief rabbi visits Berlin on circumcision issue

    August 21, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children.

    In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin’s Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted...

  • Dear Ahmadinejad: Let me tell you about cancer

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 21, 2012 | 10:51 am

    This column originally appeared at WashingtonPost.com.

    When the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compares Israel to a cancer, I take it personally.

    On Monday, you see, I traveled to Israel to co-officiate at a wedding. And I have cancer.

    I’ve been in remission from lymphoma...

  • Iran stirring tensions in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

    August 21, 2012 | 10:46 am

    In the restive city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the older Shiites are quiet. They had once cheered the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and had hoped their time had come for greater equality in the kingdom. But that dream has faded.

    The younger generation is...

  • Egypt to move tanks into Sinai for first time since 1973

    August 21, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Egypt reportedly is planning to introduce tanks in the Sinai for the first time since the 1973 war with Israel.

    The plans, part of the country’s attempts to shut down terrorists in the area, are being finalized by Egypt’s newly appointed defense minister, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,...

  • U.S. urges non-aligned nations to press Iran on nukes

    August 21, 2012 | 10:30 am

    The Obama administration is urging countries attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran next week to press Iran to comply with demands to make its nuclear program more transparent.

    The United States, along with Israel and a number of Jewish groups, has said it favors a...

  • Adelsons donate to PAC supporting Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s campaign

    August 21, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Casino mogul and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson and his wife have contributed to an independent super PAC to support Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s congressional candidacy.

    Adelson and his wife, Miriam, each gave $250,000 to a new independent super political action committee, the Patriot...

  • Evacuate Migron on time, state says

    August 20, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    The West Bank outpost of Migron must be evacuated on time, Israel’s State Prosecutor’s office told the Supreme Court.

    The eviction had been postponed from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21 to avoid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and possible “price tag” reprisal attacks by settlers that could...

  • Takin’ it to the schools: Outreach efforts go public

    August 20, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    When Rabbi Adam Raskin arrived at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md., last year, he was determined to reach out to teenagers uninvolved with the Conservative synagogue’s youth activities.

    He approached the principal of Winston Churchill High School, also in Potomac, with a...

  • Obama warns Syria’s Assad chemical weapons a ‘red line’

    August 20, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    President Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday not to cross a “red line” by using chemical or biological weapons in his country’s bloody conflict and suggested that such action would prompt the United States to consider a military response.

    Pointing...

  • Israel’s universities file Supreme Court lawsuit against West Bank college

    August 20, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Israel’s seven universities have asked the country’s Supreme Court to reverse a decision to make the Ariel University Center in the West Bank a full-fledged university.

    The petition filed Monday claims that the decision-making process was flawed and that the Council for Higher...

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