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House Approves Aid to Sandy-Hit Synagogues

By Seth Berkman

The House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow synagogues and houses of worship to be eligible for federal disaster relief. H.R. 592, the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013, passed 354-72, and will now move on to the Senate.Read More

John Galliano Dresses as Ultra-Orthodox Jew in New York Fashion Week


John Galliano, the former Christian Dior fashion head who was fired after making anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe, dressed as a Chasidic Jew at New York Fashion Week.Read More

Anti-Arab Jewish Soccer Fans Charged in Attack on Israeli Club Offices


Some members of the Beitar Jerusalem’s nationalist and extremist fan club were arrested in connection with the arson attack on the soccer team’s office and trophy room.Read More

David Hartman Was Man of Passion for Jewish Modernity and Israel

By Eugene Korn (JTA)

Like his biblical namesake, David Hartman was a man of enormous and irresistible passions — for Israel, for the Jewish people for human dignity and for modernity.Read More

Egypt Floods Gaza Tunnels in Bid To End Smuggling

By Reuters

Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.Read More

Israel Stuggles to Keep Lid on Prisoner X Scandal

By Reuters

The mysterious death of an Australian prisoner in Israel has put the spotlight on a military-run censorship system that is finding it harder to black out secret information often only a mouse click away on the Internet.Read More

Australia Knew More About Israel's Prisoner X Ben Zygier

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Australian intelligence services were updated by the Israeli government on the arrest of Ben Zygier in 2010, Australian media reported on Wednesday.Read More

Barack Obama Vows To Stand by Israel, Block Iran Bomb in State of Union


President Obama pledged to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and to “stand steadfast” with Israel in his State of the Union speech.Read More

Treasury Pick Jack Lew Faces Senate Grilling on Caymans, Bonus

By Reuters

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Treasury Department, faces a grilling about a big bonus he received from Citigroup and his plans for the government’s finances when he testifies before a Senate panel on Wednesday.Read More

Obama Cites Gabby Giffords as Face of Gun Violence in State of Union

By Reuters

President Barack Obama told the heartbreaking stories of lives shattered by gun violence in a speech viewed by tens of millions of Americans on Tuesday, part of his pledge to bring the full power of his office to a push for tougher gun laws.Read More

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