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  • Canberra opens ritual bath

    January 14, 2011 | 10:07 am

    For the first time, Orthodox Jews in Australia’s capital city have a ritual bath.

    Mikvah Chaya Mushka Canberra opened its doors in Canberra this week for the small Jewish community of about 600 people.

    There is no Jewish school or kosher butcher, and Orthodox and Progressive...

  • Sharon marks five years in coma

    January 4, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a coma five years after suffering a massive stroke.

    There were no official events Tuesday to mark the five-year anniversary of the stroke, which ended Sharon’s political career. But he was briefly remembered Monday at a Likud Party briefing and in a column written by former colleague Tzachi Hanegbi in The Jerusalem Post.

    Sharon remains hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center of Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv. He has returned home for weekend visits, according to reports.

  • 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...

  • Russian president nixes Israel visit over strike

    January 3, 2011 | 10:16 am

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev canceled a planned visit to Israel due to a strike by Foreign Ministry employees.

    The striking workers had threatened to embarrass the Russian leader during his visit, which was scheduled for the middle of January. The workers gave interviews in...

  • Reb Zalman archives given to Colorado U.

    January 3, 2011 | 10:08 am

    The personal papers and other materials of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, have been given to the University of Colorado.

    The material, including audio-visual material, have become part of the Colorado University-Boulder Library Archives,...

  • Safed rabbi refuses police summons over anti-Arab letter

    January 3, 2011 | 10:04 am

    The Chief Rabbi of Safed, Shmuel Eliyahu, said he would refuse to respond to a police summons for questioning on suspicion of incitement to racism.

    Eliyahu reportedly did not present himself to Jerusalem police on Sunday, as ordered, over a letter signed by nearly 50 municipal...