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Jewish Groups Praise Senate's Move To Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Jewish groups praised the U.S. Senate’s passage of a law allowing gays to serve openly in the military and lamented its failure to legalize undocumented migrants who arrived as minors.Read More


Picower Estate To Return $7 Billion 'Earned' in Madoff Scam

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

The estate of one of the largest beneficiaries of Bernard Madoff’s multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme, Jeffrey Picower, has agreed to return $7 billion to Madoff’s victims.Read More


Winona Ryder: Mel Gibson Has Been Making Anti-Semitic Remarks for Years

Actor Mel Gibson made “anti-Semitic and homophobic” remarks long before he was caught on tape making those kind of comments, actress Winona Ryder said.Read More


In Knesset, Military Conversion Bill Passes Preliminary Reading

By JTA

A bill that would validate conversions to Judaism through Israel’s military rabbinate passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset.Read More


Richard Holbrooke, Veteran Diplomat With Jewish Roots, Is Dead

By JTA

Richard Holbrooke, the legendary U.S. diplomat who brokered a Balkan peace and who enjoyed talking about his Jewish roots, has died.Read More


Bibi to Mitchell: I'm Ready To Discuss All Essential Issues

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Monday that he was prepared to discuss all of the essential issues necessary for resuming negotiations with the Palestinians and reaching a peace agreement.Read More


EU Will Not Recognize a Unilaterally Declared Palestinian State

By JTA

The European Union will not recognize Palestinian statehood until an “appropriate” time, its Foreign Affairs Council said in a statement.Read More


U.S. Envoy To Push Bibi To Take a Stand on Borders, Refugees

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

U.S. special envoy George Mitchell will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday evening to put forth U.S. ideas for moving the peace process forward.Read More


Report: U.S. Recruited More Former Nazis Than Originally Thought

By JTA

The United States recruited ex-Nazis and collaborators and helped them avoid prosecution in larger numbers than previously known, according to newly declassified documents.Read More


Bernard Madoff's Son Mark Commits Suicide

By JTA

Mark Madoff, the son of disgraced Jewish financier Bernard Madoff, was found dead in what is believed to have been a suicide.Read More





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