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Newtown Rabbi Joins Fight Against Gun Violence

By JTA

The rabbi of a synagogue in Newtown, Conn. joined Christian and Muslim clergy from the place of last year’s massacre of schoolchildren in an open letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), urging him to back far-reaching gun controls.Read More


Women of Wall Support Protests Planned Today

By Anne Cohen

Supporters of the Women Of The Wall will gather in New York on Tuesday, March 12, supporting women’s right to pray freely at the Western Wall, or Kotel, in Jerusalem.Read More


Hasidic Rabbi Who Held Naked 'Purification' Rite Faces Israel Charges

By JTA

An Israeli rabbi who fled to the United States amid sexual abuse allegations reportedly will return to Israel.Read More


San Francisco Grapples With Anti-Islam Bus Ads

By Reuters

San Francisco city buses began carrying political ads on Monday denounced by several municipal leaders as anti-Islamic, racist messages that unfairly depict Arabs and Muslims as groups defined by extremism and violence.Read More


Barack Obama Meets Leaders of Arab-American Groups Ahead of Mideast Trip

By Reuters

President Barack Obama on Monday met Arab American leaders who urged him to deliver a message of hope to the Palestinian people on his Middle East trip this month, even though he has made clear he will not use the visit to launch a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.Read More


Jason Klein Tapped To Lead Group of Reconstructionist Rabbis

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The newly elected leader of the Reconstructionist movement’s rabbinic association will be the first openly gay man to lead a national rabbinic association in the U.S.Read More


Mayor Michael Bloomberg Vows To Fight for Ban on Large Sugary Drinks

By Reuters

A judge on Monday invalidated New York City’s plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments, one day before the new law was to take effect.Read More


Israel School Red-Faced After Teachers' Unvarnished Opinions of Students Go Public

By Reuters

Students at an Israeli high school were in an uproar on Monday after a teacher mistakenly sent them an internal email that spelled out what faculty members really thought about them.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Bites Bullet, Inches Toward Coalition With Rivals

By JTA

He’s had to bite a few bullets to get there, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government.Read More


Henrique Capriles Spars With Chavez Successor Even as Spar as Strongman Lies in State

By Reuters

Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela’s election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners still file past the late Hugo Chavez’s corpse.Read More





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