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Early Peace Discussions With Israelis and Palestinians 'Very Productive', Says Kerry

By Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that his shuttle talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on prospects for reviving direct negotiations had been “very productive”.Read More


FBI Reviews Killing of Boston Bombers' Pal Eyed in Jewish Triple Murder on 9/11

By Reuters

A special Federal Bureau of Investigation team from Washington on Thursday began reviewing the death of a Chechen immigrant linked to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, a day after he was shot and killed by an agent during questioning in Orlando.Read More


George Moustaki, Singer Who Worked With Edith Piaf, Dies at 79

By Reuters

French singer and songwriter Georges Moustaki, beloved in France for his songs celebrating liberty and collaborations with Edith Piaf, died on Thursday after a long illness. He was 79.Read More


Julius Berman Insists He's Not to Blame for Claims Conference Botched Probe

By JTA

Julius Berman, the chairman of the Claims Conference board, insisted he is not to blame for botching an investigation into a 2001 letter exposing massive fraud at the Holocaust restitution organization.Read More


Birthright Keeps $40M Budget After Sheldon Adelson Plea as Austerity Bites

By Itay Ziv (Haaretz)

Sheldon Adelson asked for a meeting, and Yair Lapid consented. Adelson’s purpose in asking for the meeting was to ensure that Lapid would not cut government support to the Birthright program — which totals $40 million per year — as part of the budget cuts.Read More


Does London Meat Cleaver Attack on British Soldier Pose Danger to Jews?

By JTA

British Jews are no more at risk from terrorism than they were before the slaying of a British soldier by suspected terrorists, British Jewry’s security unit said.Read More


Kerry Meets Both Sides in New Mideast Peace Push

By Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday and acknowledged there was considerable scepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations.Read More


Vilnius Great Synagogue Restoration Project Taps Shimon Peres

By JTA

The government of Lithuania asked Israeli President Shimon Peres to head the international advisory board for the restoration of the Vilnius Great Synagogue.Read More


Why Do Jews Intermarry at a Much Higher Rate Than Others?

By JTA

There are plenty of reasons why Jews intermarry at a higher rate than other Americans. One main reason may have less to do with us than with them.Read More


Composer Richard Wagner Turns 200, Still Dogged by Hatred in Beautiful Music

By Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)

He was a brilliant composer, a confirmed anti-Semite and an undeniably significant influence on the history of music. And today, he would have been 200 years old.Read More


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