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Erika Glazer Pledges $30M for Renovation of Los Angeles' Wilshire Temple

By JTA

A Los Angeles philanthropist has pledged $30 million to support a vast restoration project for the city’s landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple.Read More


Designer John Galliano's Outfit Wasn't Mocking Ultra-Orthodox Jews: ADL

By Forward Staff

Designer John Galliano was just getting creative and was not mocking ultra-Orthodox Jews when he stepped out in a hat, pinstripe suit and curls, the Anti-Defamation League said.Read More


Switzerland Blocked Just 3,000 Jewish Refugees Fleeing Holocaust

By JTA

Swiss authorities turned away only 3,000 Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and not 24,500 as believed, French Nazi hunter and historian Serge Klarsfeld said.Read More


Israel's Prisoner X Was Facing 'Grave Crimes,' Australian Lawyer Says

By Reuters

An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel’s Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday.Read More


Chuck Hagel Will Get Senate Vote by Friday

By Reuters

Senate Democrats filed a motion on Wednesday to end debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense after Republicans refused to allow a vote, setting up a showdown vote by Friday.Read More


Israel Pulls Back Curtain on Prisoner X Spy Mystery

By Reuters

Israel broke its official silence on Wednesday over the reported suicide in jail of an Australian immigrant recruited to its spy service Mossad, giving limited details on a closely guarded case.Read More


Jack Lew Wins Over Treasury Critics With Tax Reform Call

By Reuters

President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary said on Wednesday that revamping the tax code is “at the very top” of his priorities, and he offered some olive branches to Republicans to get there.Read More


Brooklyn College To Probe Claims Jews Were Kicked Out of Boycott Israel Panel

By JTA

Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.Read More


House Approves Aid to Sandy-Hit Synagogues

By Seth Berkman

The House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow synagogues and houses of worship to be eligible for federal disaster relief. H.R. 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, passed 354-72, and will now move on to the Senate.Read More


John Galliano Dresses as Ultra-Orthodox Jew in New York Fashion Week

By JTA

John Galliano, the former Christian Dior fashion head who was fired after making anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe, dressed as a Chasidic Jew at New York Fashion Week.Read More





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