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Eric Garcetti Declared First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles

By Reuters

Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti has been elected mayor of the United States’ second-largest city after defeating his rival by a margin of 8 points, according to preliminary results.Read More

25,000 Attend Hasidic Wedding of the Year

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Some 25,000 people took part Tuesday night in the wedding in Jerusalem of the eldest grandson of the amdor, or leader, of the Belz Hasidic sect, one of the largest Hasidic sects in the world.Read More

Jewish Conductor Seeks to Mark Richard Wagner's 200th Anniversary Without Hate

By Reuters

Opera companies throughout the world are staging Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle this year to fete his 200th birthday on May 22, but Hungarian Jewish conductor Adam Fischer is having no part of it during his “Wagner Days” festival in June.Read More

Eric Garcetti Leads Battle To Become First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles

By Reuters

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti opened a convincing election-night lead in his bid to become the first Jewish mayor of America’s second-largest city as it faces an increasingly gloomy financial outlook, returns showed late on Tuesday.Read More

Low-Cost Airline Mulls Israel-to-Auschwitz Flight


The low-cost airline Ryanair announced it was considering flying a route from Tel Aviv to Krakow, the southern Polish city situated near the former Auschwitz death camp.Read More

Anthony Weiner, Felled by Sext Scandal, Announces Run for New York Mayor

By Reuters

Two years after resigning from Congress in a lewd photo scandal, former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner announced in a video message early on Wednesday he is running for New York City mayor.Read More

Sean Penn Pushes Congress To Demand Release of Jacob Ostreicher


Actor Sean Penn urged a congressional hearing to pressure Bolivia to release a haredi Orthodox father of five under house arrest in the country.Read More

Reform College, Bowing to Pressure, Will Rethink Rabbi Intermarriage Policy

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen (Haaretz)

After discussing it with “the cabinet” of advisors to HUC president Rabbi David Ellenson, Marmur decided to initiate a faculty-wide discussion across HUC’s campuses in New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem.Read More

Jewish Groups Pitch In To Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims


A Chabad center in Oklahoma City opened its building as a shelter for those displaced by a deadly tornado.Read More

Can Israel Learn From Britain on Ending Racism and Hatred in Soccer?


England is described as “a world leader in dealing with soccer racism and hooliganism” on the website of the New Israel Fund, the U.S.-based social justice group that created and bankrolls Shanan’s nonprofit, Kick Racism Out of Israeli Football.Read More

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