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N.Y. Board Orders Forms for Circumcision Rite

By Seth Berkman

The New York City board of health voted unanimously to require parents to sign a consent form for metzizah b’peh. A handful of protesters denounced the decision.Read More


Cesare Colafemmina, Italian Jewry Expert, Dies

By JTA

Italian scholar Cesare Colafemmina, an internationally known pioneer in the study of Jewish history and culture in southern Italy, has died.Read More


Alan Gross In 'Normal' Health, Cuba Says

By Reuters

Cuba said on Wednesday that jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross is in “normal” health, despite his wife’s claims to the contrary, as it reiterated its willingness to talk with the U.S. government about resolving the case.Read More


Jews Condemn Anti-Muslim Video and Violence

By JTA

A top Reform rabbi appeared with Libya’s U.S. ambassador and Muslim and Christian leaders condemning the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, along with the anti-Muslim film that allegedly incited the violence.Read More


Israel Hands Military Land to Jewish Settlers

By Haaretz

The Israel government is working to enable new construction and has retroactively approved existing construction on private Palestinian land in more than 40 settlements, based on old expropriation orders that were issued for military purposes.Read More


Barbara Boxer Hits Out at Netanyahu

By JTA

Barbara Boxer, a top Jewish U.S. senator and the sponsor of major pro-Israel legislation, blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for lashing out at President Obama on Iran.Read More


YouTube Blocks Anti-Islam Movie in Egypt, Libya

By Reuters

YouTube, the video website owned by Google Inc, said on Wednesday it would not remove a film clip mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad that has been blamed for anti-U.S. protests in Egypt and Libya, but it has blocked access to it in those countries.Read More


Plot Thickens on Anti-Islam Film

By JTA

The director of an anti-Islam film that helped sparked attacks on U.S. diplomatic faciltiies is not Israeli as he claimed, a consultant to the film said.Read More


Israel's Population Nears 8 Million

By JTA

Israel’s population is nearing 8 million, up almost 100,000 from the end of 2011, according to data released on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.Read More


Longtime Madoff Employee Will Plead Guilty

By Reuters

One of Bernard Madoff’s longest-serving employees is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges in the multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, U.S. prosecutors said, the latest among a dozen former employees to face charges.Read More





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