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Pope Francis Makes Good First Impression on Jews

By JTA

After the new pope appeared before the masses in St. Peter’s Square, it didn’t take long for him to signal that he would maintain the church’s outreach to Jews. Nor did it take long for the Jews to sing his praises.Read More


Venezuela Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles Vows To End Freebie Oil for Cuba

By Reuters

Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles on Monday vowed to end the OPEC nation’s shipments of subsidized oil to communist-run Cuba, slamming acting President Nicolas Maduro as a puppet of Havana.Read More


Who Stole Rembrandt's 'Sea of Galilee' From Boston's Gardner Museum?

By Reuters

The FBI on Monday plans to reveal new information about one of Boston’s longest-running crime mysteries: Who was behind the 1990 theft of 13 paintings from the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in the costliest art theft in U.S. history.Read More


Hungary Slammed for Prize to Anti-Semitic Television Anchorman

By Reuters

Israel and a European human rights official criticised Hungary on Monday for presenting an award to a television journalist they accuse of anti-Semitism.Read More


Venezuela Jews Dedicate New Sephardic Synagogue

By JTA

The Jewish community of Caracas officially dedicated the Venezuelan city’s new main Sephardic synagogue, Tiferet Israel Este.Read More


Scant Hope of Breakthrough as Barack Obama's Mideast Trip Looms

By Reuters

President Barack Obama is due to make his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories this week, looking to improve ties after sometimes rocky relations with both sides during his first term in office.Read More


Israeli Military Plans $7B Desert Campus

By Reuters

Israel’s military plans to vacate land worth $14 billion and move most of its headquarters from the heart of Tel Aviv in a $7 billion project intended to alleviate an acute national shortage of room for housing.Read More


Update Your Facebook Status — In Ancient Aramaic!

By Oded Yaron (Haaretz)

Facebook users are always looking for ways to make their statuses stand out on the uber-popular social network. One user has put a unique spin on the quest for original updates, tapping into the ancient Semitic language of Aramaic to create an entire page in the Canaanite tongue.Read More


Supermodel Bar Refaeli Should Be Banned From Pro-Israel Ads, Army Says

By Gill Cohen (Haaretz)

The Israeli Defense Forces criticized a public relations campaign launched by the Foreign Ministry to boost Israel’s image around the world because it starred sexy Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, Channel 2 news reported Sunday.Read More


Americans Back Israel, Say U.S. Should Stay Out of Peace Talks

By JTA

New polls show that most Americans support Israel, but do not want the U.S. to take the lead in an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Read More


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