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Jewish Poverty Skyrockets in New York — Doubles in Size Since 1991

By Seth Berkman

Poverty in the New York area’s Jewish community is growing fast with more than 560,000 people living in nearly 200,000 poor and near-poor Jewish households.Read More

'Trekkie' IRS Official In Hot Water Over $50K Mr. Spock 'Training' Video

By Reuters

A top official at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Thursday acknowledged that it was “embarrassing” how much the tax agency spent on training videos, including a Star Trek spoof, and other lavish expenses during a 2010 conference in California.Read More

Austria Will Yank Peacekeepers From Golan Amid Syria Chaos

By Reuters

Austria will withdraw its peacekeepers from the U.N. monitoring force on the Golan Heights given worsening fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels, it said on Thursday.Read More

After Half-Naked Pic Scandal, Israel Army Pushes New Facebook Rules

By Gili Cohen (Haaretz)

The Israel Defense Forces is drafting an official directive defining accepted practices for its members on social networksRead More

Fierce Western Wall Confrontation Looms as Women Plan Torah Reading


Women of the Wall announced plans to read from a Torah scroll at its upcoming service at the Western Wall. Also leading up to Sunday’s service, several leading haredi Orthodox rabbis called on thousands of haredi men to gather for a mass prayer opposite Women of the Wall.Read More

Australian Police Identify Suspects in 1982 Terror Bombing Aimed at Jews


Police in Australia say they now have four primary suspects in the 1982 bombings of the Israeli Consulate and the Hakoah Club, and offered a $100,000 reward to help flush them out.Read More

Muslim Clerics Who Visited Auschwitz and Dachau Slam Holocaust Denial


A group of imams who toured Auschwitz and Dachau said “denying the reality of the Holocaust” was “unacceptable.”Read More

Samantha Power Poised for Big Stage at U.N.

By Reuters

Samantha Power, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her study of U.S. failure to prevent genocide and is seen as an advocate of an activist U.S. foreign policy, would get a bigger platform for her views as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.Read More

Susan Rice Brings Experience Defending Israel to National Security Job


Susan Rice has said that a “huge” portion of her work at the United Nations was defending Israel’s legitimacy. Her new job will likely be no less Israel-centric.Read More

Self-Help Radio Host Couple Commit Suicide Together in Brooklyn Apartment

By Seth Berkman

A Brooklyn couple that hosted a self-help radio show together were found dead in their apartment on Monday. The couple appeared to have suffocated themselves with plastic bags in a double-suicide, according to the New York Daily News.Read More

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