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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


Chelsea Clinton Will Lead Interfaith Institute at New York University

Chelsea Clinton, who has said her marriage fueled her interest in interfaith relations, will head a multi-faith institute at New York University.Read More


Rabbis Demand End of Boy Scouts Gay Ban

By JTA

More than 500 rabbis and cantors urged the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on homosexual members when the youth group’s National Council convenes in Dallas this week.Read More


Boston Bombers Pal Slain in Florida Eyed in 'Jewish' Triple Murder

By Seth Berkman

A pal of the brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing was killed in a confronation with the FBI. Agents were quizzing him about ties to the murder of Jews in a Boston suburb.Read More


Atheists Are Good Too, Pope Francis Says

By Reuters

Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis said on Wednesday in his latest urging that people of all religions - or no religion - work together.Read More


Israel Warns of Attack if Syria Regime Falls

By Reuters

Israel is prepared to attack Syria to prevent advanced weapons reaching jihadi rebels or Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon if President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, Israel’s air force chief said on Wednesday.Read More


Eric Garcetti Declared First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles

By Reuters

Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti has been elected mayor of the United States’ second-largest city after defeating his rival by a margin of 8 points, according to preliminary results.Read More


25,000 Attend Hasidic Wedding of the Year

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Some 25,000 people took part Tuesday night in the wedding in Jerusalem of the eldest grandson of the amdor, or leader, of the Belz Hasidic sect, one of the largest Hasidic sects in the world.Read More


Jewish Conductor Seeks to Mark Richard Wagner's 200th Anniversary Without Hate

By Reuters

Opera companies throughout the world are staging Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle this year to fete his 200th birthday on May 22, but Hungarian Jewish conductor Adam Fischer is having no part of it during his “Wagner Days” festival in June.Read More


Eric Garcetti Leads Battle To Become First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles

By Reuters

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti opened a convincing election-night lead in his bid to become the first Jewish mayor of America’s second-largest city as it faces an increasingly gloomy financial outlook, returns showed late on Tuesday.Read More


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