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Synagogues Shut as Jewish Community Readies for Nor'easter Blizzard Nemo

By JTA

Some synagogues in New England have cancelled Shabbat services as a Nor’easter of potentially historic proportions rolls up the East Coast as the weekend starts.Read More


Iran and Argentina To Form Commission on 1994 Bombing

By JTA

Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defended her decision to cooperate with Iran in investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.Read More


Google Ordered To Name Defamers of Scrutinized London Rabbi

By JTA

A British judge reportedly ordered Google to help identify people who may have defamed a London rabbi accused of inappropriate conduct toward women.Read More


Controversial BDS Panel Draws Crowds at Brooklyn College

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Amid political controversy, 300 people attended Brooklyn College’s BDS panel last night, with another 150 gathering outside in the cold to protest the event.Read More


Polish Transsexual MP Loses Bid for Deputy Speaker Job

By Reuters

Polish lawmakers blocked a transsexual colleague from becoming deputy speaker of parliament on Friday after her nomination caused discomfort among some sections of Poland’s devoutly Catholic society.Read More


Orthodox Rabbi Defends Jewish Psychiatrist Convicted in Sex Assaults

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Fissures are appearing in Calgary’s Jewish community following the conviction of one of its members, a prominent forensic psychiatrist, for sexually assaulting patients. Dr. Aubrey Levin was sentenced on January 31 to five years in prison for abusing people involved with the province of Alberta’s criminal justice system who were sent to him for assessment and treatment.Read More


Jewish Cemetery Desecrated in Tunisia Twice in One Month

By JTA

For the second time in a month, vandals desecrated Jewish graves in Tunisia.Read More


More Than a Quarter of Israeli Households Sought Welfare in 2011

By JTA

Twenty-eight percent of Israeli households said they required welfare services in 2011, according to official data.Read More


Iran Denies Involvement In Bulgaria Bomb Bombing That Killed Israeli Tourists

By Reuters

Iran played no part in the bombing of a bus last year that killed Israeli tourists, its ambassador to Bulgaria said on Friday, rejecting Israeli charges that it was involved in the attack.Read More


Fresh Questions Swirl Around Nazi 'Mascot' Case

By JTA

The case of a purported Holocaust survivor living in Australia who was adopted by the Nazis and made into their child mascot is being re-examined amid fresh allegations of a Holocaust hoax.Read More





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