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Holocaust Survivor Wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

By JTA

A Holocaust survivor who teaches children the value of citizenship is among those who will be honored by President Obama with a Medal of Freedom.Read More


Residents of Lebanon Border Town Protest Israel's Decision To Withdraw

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Israel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to withdraw troops unilaterally from a disputed village straddling the Lebanese border. The vote was made as a gesture to the United Nations, but drew residents onto the streets protesting the division of their community.Read More


Opponents of Texas House Speaker Say Challengers Should Be Christians

By JTA

Opponents working to unseat the state’s Jewish House speaker reportedly have suggested in e-mails and newsletters that challengers should be “Christians and true Conservatives.”Read More


Susan Sher, First Lady's Chief of Staff, Will Step Down

By JTA

First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff Susan Sher, who has served as an administration liaison to the Jewish community, will leave the White House.Read More


Jerusalem Mayor: Homes Cannot be Demolished for Political Reasons

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not given the Jerusalem municipality permission to demolish homes in the eastern Arab neighborhoods on the basis of political reasons, Mayor Nir Barkat said on Tuesday.Read More


Seven Small Earthquakes Rock Northern Israel

By JTA

An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.Read More


Sec. Clinton: Bibi's Settlement Freeze Plan Is 'Very Promising'

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz Service)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to extend a freeze on West Bank settlements in return for diplomatic and security incentives.Read More


N.Y. Rabbis Leave Muslim-Jewish Project

By JTA

Two rabbis in western New York have pulled out of a Muslim-Jewish outreach effort, charging that the national sponsor is involved in Islamic fundamentalism.Read More


Bibi Poised To Win Support for Settlement Freeze

By Jonathan Lis and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will apparently be able to muster a majority of his diplomatic-security cabinet to approve an additional 90-day freeze on West Bank settlement construction in exchange for an incentive package from the United States.Read More


Auction of Madoff Family Possessions Brings in $2 Million for Victims

By JTA

Personal property of Jewish financier Bernard Madoff were sold in an auction that raised more than $2 million to repay the victims of his multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.Read More


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