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Alan Gross Draws Welcome Home Crowd at Synagogue

By Geoffrey W. Malada

Alan Gross wore a gray suit, red tie and a perpetual smile as he took the stage Thursday night at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Md., at a welcome-home reception in his honor sponsored by dozens of Jewish organizations, including the the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.Read More


For Cuba Jews, Better Ties to U.S. May Not Be Cure-All

By Tapper

On a recent Friday night inside this city’s Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer shawl leading prayers in a mix of Spanish and near-perfect Hebrew.Read More


Talk Show Pioneer Joe Franklin Dies at 88

By Reuters

TV talk show pioneer Joe Franklin, who interviewed thousands of people from a dancing dentist to Academy Award winning actors in a far from glamorous New York studio, has died at the age of 88.Read More


Israeli Foreign Minister Orders Party To Distribute Charlie Hebdo for Free

By JTA

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has told activists in his Yisrael Beiteinu party to buy up and distribute copies of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for free.Read More


Druze Student Beaten 'for Speaking Arabic' in Jerusalem

By JTA

A Druze student in Jerusalem was beaten with glass bottles by a Jewish gang, who mocked him for speaking Arabic.Read More


Think Tank Prepares Aliyah Plan for 120,000 French Jews

By JTA

The Jewish People Policy Institute has composed a plan to facilitate immigration of 120,000 French Jews to Israel.Read More


Hezbollah Says Israel Wants To Set 'New Rules' in Conflict

By Reuters

An Israeli attack which killed several prominent members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah last week was an attempt by Israel to set “new rules” in the conflict between the two foes, Hezbollah’s deputy leader said at a gathering to commemorate those who died.Read More


Can 'Magic Kippah' Save European Jews from Anti-Semitism?

By Julie Wiener

Israeli barber Shalom Koresh has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair. It’s his response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.Read More


World's Largest Ship, Named After Dutch SS Officer, Makes Waves Among Jews

By JTA

European Jewish groups are protesting the name of the world’s largest ship, which was named after a Dutch officer in the Nazi Waffen-SS military force.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Rejects Mounting Criticism of Speech to Congress

By Dan Williams

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to take every opportunity to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to his country.Read More


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