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John Kerry Cruises to 94-3 Senate Confirmation Vote

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John Kerry’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of state sailed through the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country’s top diplomat.Read More


Jewish Ravens Fans Get Psyched for Super Bowl

By JTA

With their beloved Baltimore Ravens set to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Noam Heller and a group of Jewish fans will no doubt will get even crazier than normal.Read More


Ethiopian Women Claim Israel Gave Birth Control Shots Against Will

By JTA

Following a TV report alleging that Ethiopian Israeli women were being given contraceptive shots against their will, Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered physicians to put a stop to the practice.Read More


A Real Hail Mary? 27% Say God Helps Determine Super Bowl Outcome

By JTA

Almost three in 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining sports outcomes like the Super Bowl. Which team needs divine intervention on Sunday?Read More


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning Rebrands

By JTA

The Spertus Institute in Chicago has a new name and a revamped mission.Read More


Israel Boycotts United Nations Review of Human Rights Record

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Israel boycotted a U.N. human rights forum on Tuesday where it was due to have its record reviewed, setting a precedent that concerns rights activists and many Western nations.Read More


Romanian Holocaust Denier Says Visit to U.S. Museum 'Changed' Him Forever

By JTA

A Romanian government minister who denied that the Holocaust happened in his country said a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum would “forever stay” with him.Read More


Palestinians Cheer Oscar Nod for Anti-Occupation Film '5 Broken Cameras'

By Reuters

Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” screened for Palestinians for the first time on Monday, leaving locals hopeful that their struggle with Israel for land and statehood will gain a global audience.Read More


Anti-Semitic Violence Rises 5% as Australia Jews Report More Violence

By JTA

Anti-Semitic incidents in Australia rose by five percent over the previous 12-month period, according to a new report.Read More


Were Pro-Israel Students Threatened at Calif. Rally?

By JTA

A pro-Israel group claims Jewish students at the University of California, Davis were abused and threatened at a pro-Palestinian protest on campus.Read More





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