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World's Literary Stars Ask Israel To Spare West Bank Villages

By Haaretz

Dozens of the world’s literary stars have added their names to an Israeli writers’ petition urging the army and the Netanyahu government not to destroy Palestinian villages in the southern Hebron hills.Read More


Polish Jews Sue Over Kosher Slaughter Ban

By JTA

The umbrella group representing Polish Jews petitioned Poland’s constitutional court to reverse a ban on ritual slaughter methods.Read More


Women Hold Peaceful Selichot Prayer Service at Western Wall

By Ilene Prusher (Haaretz)

It was a first in quite some time: The Women of the Wall held a prayer service at the Western Wall and got to worship, sing and even dance at the holiest site in Judaism largely unperturbed.Read More


French Muslim Attacked for Interfaith Ties to Jews

By JTA

A French imam known for promoting Jewish-Muslim relations said he was physically assaulted in Tunisia by a man who called him a “Zionist.”Read More


92-Year-Old Nazi Faces Trial for Killing of Resistance Fighter

By Reuters

A 92-year-old who served in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler’s elite Nazi troops, goes on trial on Monday in the western city of Hagen on charges of having shot in the back and killed a Dutch resistance fighter at the end of World War Two.Read More


90% of Anti-Terror Grants Go to Jewish Groups

By JTA

Some 90 percent of the $10 million in funding announced by the Department of Homeland Security to help nonprofit organizations protect themselves from terrorism went to Jewish institutions.Read More


Bar Refaeli Flirts With Simon Cowell for 'X-Factor'

By Haaretz

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has turned her flirt on Simon Cowell, the creator of “X-Factor,” in a new clip ahead of Israeli version’s release.Read More


Judge Ginsburg Presides Over Gay Wedding

By JTA

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court justice to preside over a same-sex marriage.Read More


Ephraim Mirvis Takes Reins as British Chief Rabbi

By Reuters

Britain’s new chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who has vowed to remain traditional by barring women rabbis and same-sex marriage, was sworn in on Sunday to face the challenge of uniting the nation’s polarised Jewish community.Read More


Botticelli 15th-Century Fresco Heads to Israel

By JTA

Italy is giving Israel a Rosh Hashanah present – the loan of a masterpiece by the 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli.Read More


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