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Reform Group Supports Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask’

By JTA

The Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center urged U.S. senators to support legislation repealing the government’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy.”Read More


Two New York-Based Human Rights Groups Have Organized a Boycott of Performances by Israel’s National Dance Company

By JTA

Two New York-based human rights groups have organized a boycott of performances by Israel’s national dance company.Read More


JDC and JAFI Agree to New Funding Split

The Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.Read More


Bill Clinton: Israel's Russian Immigrants Are Obstacle to Peace

By Jonathan Lis and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Former United States president Bill Clinton on Tuesday told the media that the Russian immigrant population in Israel is an obstacle to peace with Palestinians, sparking a furious response from Israel’s main immigrant party, Yisrael Beiteinu.Read More


Actor Billy Crystal Makes Major Gift to Hebrew U

By JTA

Actor Billy Crystal has made a “substantial” gift to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem to foster activities in a performing arts project named for him.Read More


Federations and Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

The Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.Read More


Seinfeld, Midler To Headline Philly Museum’s Opening Bash

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

Two of the country’s most famous Jewish performers will highlight the opening of one of the most ambitious Jewish museum projects in years.Read More


Bibi: Continued Settlement Construction Shouldn't End Peace Talks

By Yanir Yagna (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he had hoped the upcoming expiration date for Israel’s settlement freeze would not cause the Palestinians to talk out of recently relaunched peace talks, adding that peace talks had taken place for 17 years without West Bank building disrupting them in any way.Read More


ACLU Sues N.J. Town Over Lord’s Prayer

By JTA

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey town on behalf of a former Jewish employee.Read More


Peres at U.N.: Israel Ready To Enter Peace Negotiations With Syria

By JTA

Israel is ready to enter peace negotiations with Syria “right away,” Shimon Peres told the United Nations General Assembly.Read More





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