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AJC lauds Israeli bill to liberalize conversions

22 October 2014

NEW YORK (Press Release)– The American Jewish Committee (AJC) supports the conversion bill introduced by MK Elazar Stern of the Hatnua Party, headed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. Hatnua has pledged to press the measure, which already passed its first reading in the Knesset, even though it does not enjoy Cabinet support. “Loosening the Chief […]

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Lone Soldiers’ mom alternates between pride and worry

22 October 2014

  By Erin Philips SAN DIEGO – Karen Schuster remembers when her son, Ari Friedman, now 23, told her he was moving to Israel to become a combat medic with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It was 2012, and he was a student at UC Irvine, where he had been a leader among the Jewish […]

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Eritrean refugees taught to be medical translators

22 October 2014

TEL AVIV (Press Release)— Sixteen Eritrean refugees in Israel have completed a medical interpreting course created by Prof. Galia Sabar of Tel Aviv University’s African Studies Department. Eight of the asylum-seeking graduates have already joined the Israeli health system as medical translators. “Language barriers are acute between Eritrean asylum seekers and medical personnel in Israel, […]

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Willful blindness to academic anti-Semitism

22 October 2014

By Richard L. Cravatts, PhD BOSTON–As yet more evidence that academics are regularly able to engage in what George Orwell sardonically referred to as “doublethink,” “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them,” this month 40 professors of Jewish studies published a denunciation of a study that […]

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AJWS spreads Ebola prevention information in Liberia

22 October 2014

NEW YORK (Press Release)—American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is funding grassroots groups in Liberia that are responding to the Ebola outbreak through public health campaigns that rely on trusted non-medical community leaders to spread the word about preventing infection. AJWS is currently supporting 10 community-based organizations in Liberia that are deploying networks of religious leaders, women’s […]

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AJC: U.S. should restore Egypt’s military aid

22 October 2014

CAIRO (Press Release)–An American Jewish Committee (AJC) delegation, after three days of high-level consultations, urged accelerated steps to normalize strategic relations between the United States and Egypt. “Egypt has been, and remains, an essential ally in the global fight against terror‎ and extremism,” said Jason Isaacson, AJC Associate Executive Director for Policy. U.S. military aid […]

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Palestinian kills baby, injures 7 at bus stop

22 October 2014

JERUSALEM (TNA) — A Palestinian drove a car into a crowd waiting for the Jerusalem light rail at the Givat HaTachmoshet (Ammunition Hill) station on Wednesday, Oct. 22.   An infant died following the incident and 7 people were injured: 3 in serious condition, and 4  with light to moderate injuries.. The driver attempted to escape by foot, and […]

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WJC: Don’t pay Social Security to Nazi war criminals

22 October 2014

NEW YORK (WJC)–The World Jewish Congress announced its support for a change in United States law that presently allows certain presumed Nazi war criminals who were granted US citizenship by making false statements to immigration authorities to keep their social security entitlements in case they voluntarily leave the country. As reported by the ‘Associated Press’ […]

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Danes consider outlawing brit milah

22 October 2014

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (WJC) — A poll showing 74 percent support for banning male circumcision comes as parliament prepares for a new round of political discussion on religious circumcision of boys. Nearly three fourths of Danes are in favor of banning the practice, a new poll has revealed, with just one out of ten respondents saying […]

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Stones, firebombs disrupting life in Israel

22 October 2014

  By Tzvi Zucker JERUSALEM (TNA)– Bus 143 was stoned near Pisgat Ze’ev, in Jerusalem at 7:45 a.m.,  Wednesday, Oct. 22. The 143 bus line runs from Kochav Yaakov to the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. There were no injuries, though the bus was damaged. Later in the afternoon, five Palestinian teenagers were arrested for throwing […]

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JNS news briefs: October 22, 2014

22 October 2014

Ya’alon calls Turkey a Hamas headquarters (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon criticized Turkey for the support it provides to Hamas. “Turkey is playing a cynical game,” Ya’alon told Hagel. “Hamas is supported by Turkey and Qatar. Hamas […]

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Plants in Med climate zone adapt to climate change

21 October 2014

TEL AVIV (Press Release) — Climate change predictions for the Middle East, like other arid regions of the world, are alarming. In an area known for its water scarcity, rainfall is expected to decrease even further in the near future, spelling disaster for the functioning of unique ecosystems — hotspots of biodiversity and rich genetic fodder […]

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Gabriella Labson celebrates dawn of her 2nd century

21 October 2014

  By Eileen Wingard SAN DIEGO — The invitation from Gabriela Hartstein Auspitz Labson to a select circle of family and friends read: “You are invited to celebrate the sunrise of my second century.”   The celebration, a Seudah Shlishit (third meal of Shabbat), took place Saturday, October 11, 2014,  in a lovely room on the second […]

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San Diego rabbi reveals ‘real name of God’

21 October 2014

ENCINITAS, California — There is nothing in the ethos of Rabbi Wayne Dosick that represents a compromise with compassion.  His books are deeply informed with text and brimming with the kind of energy associated with divine sparks.  His rabbinate is as touched by the stars as it is focused upon a single human soul that […]

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