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Chuck Hagel Confirmation Vote Set for Tuesday

By Reuters

Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, plans to seek a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense during a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the committee said on Monday.Read More


Judith Brachman Named to Federal Panel on Long-Term Care

By JTA

Judith Brachman, a longtime member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s board, was appointed to a 15-member federal commission on long-term care.Read More


Israel Approves 90 More Jewish Settler Homes, Thumbing Nose at Barack Obama

By Reuters

Israel gave final approval on Monday for 90 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, driving another wedge into a rift with Washington ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.Read More


Siberia Police Arrest Neo-Nazi Leader

By JTA

Prosecutors in Siberia reportedly have indicted a Russian citizen of inciting to violence against Jews and quoting texts by Adolf Hitler.Read More


Dutch Nazi Transit Camp Town Says No to Holocaust Memorial Stones

By JTA

Westerbork’s municipality reportedly has rejected a plan to place memorial cobblestones in front of the homes of Holocaust victims - an ongoing project taking place in municipalities across Europe for the past 20 yearsRead More


Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger Praises Pope Benedict for Outreach to Jews

By Reuters

Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger on Monday praised Pope Benedict’s inter-religious outreach and said relations between Israel and the Vatican had never been better.Read More


Sarah Silverman's Sister Among 10 Women Arrested in Western Wall Protest

By Reuters

Israeli police detained 10 women at one of Judaism’s most sacred sites on Monday for wearing prayer shawls, which Orthodox tradition sees as solely for men, a spokesman said.Read More


Pope Benedict Shocks World by Resigning — Wins Praise From Jewish Leaders

By Reuters

Pope Benedict stunned the world by resigning, becoming the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to take such a step. What does it mean for relations with Jews?Read More


Synagogues Swimming in Old Prayer Books as New Editions Replace Old

By JTA

What to do with the old books – it’s a growing problem for synagogues across the United States.

In the last six years, the three major American Jewish denominations have released new prayer books. More than 1,500 synagogues have purchased the books, in some cases making older versions obsolete.Read More


Israel Police Use Facebook To Track Leaders of Social Justice Protest

By Ilan Lior (Haaretz)

Israel Police have been carefully following the Facebook accounts of the social protest movement and its leaders, apparently as part of a hunt for evidence of criminal wrongdoing.Read More


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