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Obama Says Farewell To Defense Chief As Successor Awaits Vote

By Reuters

President Barack Obama bade a fond farewell to retiring U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at a ceremony on Friday and voiced strong support for his nominated successor, Chuck Hagel, who was attacked by Republicans at a contentious Senate confirmation hearing last week.Read More


Anti-Arab Fans Torch Jerusalem Soccer Offices

By Forward Staff

The offices of the Israeli soccer team Beitar Jerusalem was set on fire on Friday as an act of protest against the team’s two new Muslim players from Chechnya. While one player is injured, the other is slated to play his first game with the team on Sunday against the Arab-Israeli town Sakhnin.Read More


Tatum O’Neal Says Ta Ta to Forverts Building

The old Forverts building on East Broadway sure has come a long way. Tatum O’Neal sold her pad in the building for a cool $1.72 million.Read More


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


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