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Sandy Roars Ashore in New Jersey

By Reuters

Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, roared ashore with fierce winds and heavy rain on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey, after forcing evacuations, shutting down transportation and interrupting the presidential campaign.Read More


Raoul Wallenberg Named Honorary Montreal Citizen

Swedish war hero Raoul Wallenberg was made an honorary citizen of Montreal.Read More


5,000 Lose Power in Lakewood Area

By Seth Berkman

With Hurricane Sandy pounding the Jersey Shore, residents of the predominantly Jewish town of Lakewood were already experiencing severe damage early Monday.Read More


Netanyahu's Party OK's Election Merger

By JTA

The Likud Party reportedly voted overwhelmingly to approve merging its candidates list with the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party.Read More


Danish Diversity Fest Bans Israel Flag

By JTA

The organizers of a Copenhagen event celebrating diversity asked Danish Jews refrain from displaying the Israeli flag “for security reasons.”Read More


Dutch Official Sorry for Honoring Nazis

By JTA

A Netherlands church official apologized to a Jewish group for a memorial ceremony that commemorated Holocaust victims with soldiers who died fighting for Nazi Germany.Read More


Jewish Institutions Shut Down as Sandy Looms

By JTA

Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States were closing in preparation for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.Read More


Orthodox Town Braces for Sandy

By Seth Berkman

With Hurricane Sandy pounding the Jersey Shore, residents of the predominantly Jewish town of Lakewood were taking every precaution to be safe.Read More


Anti-Semitic Party Gains in Ukraine Election

By JTA

The Ukrainian ultranationalist Svoboda Party has made unprecedented gains in the country’s parliamentary elections, where it garnered 12 percent of the vote.Read More


Shattering Truce, More Rockets Hit Israel

By JTA

Some 20 rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Sunday night and Monday morning.Read More





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