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Janet Yellen's Brooklyn Childhood Friends Remember When

By Reuters

To many who knew Janet Yellen growing up in a Jewish home in Brooklyn, her nomination to lead the Federal Reserve came as no surprise. She was always the smartest kid on the block.Read More

Alice Munro, 'Canadian Chekhov,' Wins Nobel for Literature

By Reuters

Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada that made her what the award-giving committee called the “master of the contemporary short story”.Read More

Self-Avowed 'Jewish-American Princess' Chronicles Quest To Be African Masai Warrior

By Daniella Pelled (Haaretz)

Mindy Budgor spent three months in training with Kenya’s Maasai tribe. It didn’t quite prepare her for the brutality of the response to her book about becoming “the first white, female, Jewish, American, Maasai warrior.”Read More

Brooklyn Bar Mitzvah Boy Samuel Cohen-Eckstein Killed in Tragic Accident

By Maya Shwayder

Samuel Cohen-Eckstein was planning to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah next month. Instead, a funeral was set today for the Brooklyn boy was struck and killed by a van.Read More

Brussels Will Name Monument After Jewish Nobel Physicist Francois Englert


The city of Brussels will name part of its famous Atomium monument after François Englert, the Belgian Jew who won the Nobel Prize in physics.Read More

Janet Yellen, First Jewish Woman Fed Chair, Brings Compassion to Tough Job

By Reuters

Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Reserve, combines a solid reputation as an economist with a keen interest in communication - fitting for someone who once joked that her dinner guests should expect a discussion of economics.Read More

U.S. to Suspend Delivery of 'Large Scale Military Systems' to Egypt


The Obama administration is suspending delivery of some “large scale military systems” to Egypt but will maintain assistance that will help secure its border with Israel.Read More

Political Head of Hamas Calls For An End to Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

By Jack Khoury (Haaretz)

The head of the political wing of Hamas, Khaled Meshal, implicitly called on the Palestinian Authority Wednesday to cease peace negotiations with Israel immediately, claiming that continuing the talks would endanger the status of Jerusalem.Read More

Greek Premier Refuses To Wear Kippah at Yad Vashem


Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras refused to cover his head at a Yad Vashem memorial ceremony.Read More

Reform and Conservative Rabbis Dovish on Israel


U.S. rabbis in the Reform and Conservative movements tend to be dovish on Israeli-Palestinian peace policies, according to a study.Read More

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