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Jewish Groups Angling for Fixes to Health Care Bill

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

For months, Jewish groups have been at the forefront of lobbying the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for health care reform, framing their support within the Talmudic mandate of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. The National Jewish Democratic Council even earned a special thank you from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) when the bill finally passed the Senate on Dec. 24.Read More

Federal Judge Closes Kosher Poultry Slaughterhouse


A kosher poultry slaughterhouse has been shut down due to unsanitary conditions.Read More

Adelson's Israeli Newspaper at Center of Political Battle

By Leslie Susser (JTA)

Should a billionaire tycoon who lives abroad be entitled to use his money to influence Israeli political life?Read More

Kadima Rejects Bibi's Offer To Join Government

By Jonathan Lis and Mazal Mualem (Haaretz)

The Kadima Knesset faction announced on Monday that it was rejecting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer for the party to join the government.Read More

U.S. Official: Building E. Jerusalem Homes Is a Blow to Peace Process

By Akiva Eldar (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to construct an additional 700 apartments in East Jerusalem was another blow to already stalled peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a U.S. official said on MondayRead More

Solow Rips Anti-Semitism Envoy Over Her Response to Oren's J Street Remarks


A major Jewish communal leader is criticizing the Obama administration’s top official dealing with anti-Semitism.Read More

Madoff Reportedly Assaulted in Prison


Bernard Madoff was reportedly hospitalized for injuries consistent with an assault.Read More

Bibi Presses Livni To Join Government

By Barak Ravid and Mazal Mualem and Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked opposition leader Tzipi Livni, the chairwoman of Kadima, on Thursday to join a unity government. Livni did not immediately reject the offer, and added that if the offer is real “I always said that it is up for discussion.”Read More

German Mediator To Meet With Hamas About Shalit Swap


The German mediator in the Gilad Shalit prison swap negotiations arrived in Gaza and is meeting with Hamas officials.Read More

Carter Says Apology Not Tied to Grandson's Senate Bid

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Jimmy Carter is asking the Jewish community for forgiveness – and insists it’s not simply because his grandson has decided to launch a political career with a run for the Georgia state Senate.Read More

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