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Australian Jews Irked by Holiday TV Debate

By JTA

Australia’s public broadcasting network was accused of a “studied insult” against the Jewish community for dedicating on Rosh Hashanah almost half of its weekly current affairs show to the Israel-Palestine debate.Read More


Romney Talks Economy and Iran in Call to Rabbis

By JTA

Mitt Romney discussed Iran, the economy and Medicare in a holiday call with rabbis and other Jewish leaders.Read More


Brazilian Jews Join March for Religious Freedom

By JTA

Hundreds of Brazilian Jews joined a mass march for religious freedom in Rio de Janeiro.Read More


Government Takes Over B'nai B'rith Pension Fund

By JTA

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, the government agency that protects retirees from failed pension plans, is assuming control of benefits for employees of B’nai B’rith International.Read More


Space Shuttle Pays Tribute to Gabby Giffords

By Reuters

The space shuttle Endeavour, carried piggyback atop a jumbo jet, landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Thursday at the tail end of a cross-country trip to Los Angeles to begin its final mission as a museum exhibit.Read More


Hundreds Facing Axe at Israel's Ma'ariv

By Haaretz

Just before the Yom Kippur, hundreds if not thousands of workers at the Maariv daily newspaper will be out of work. Many may also not receive the severance pay or pensions they thought they had coming. Maariv’s journalists union said they would strike beginning on Monday and stop the paper from publishing on Tuesday morning.Read More


Cheryl Saban To Represent U.S. at U.N. Meeting

By JTA

Cheryl Saban, the wife of billionaire Haim Saban, was nominated as U.S. representative to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.Read More


Marshall Wittmann Named AIPAC Spokesman

By JTA

AIPAC named Marshall Wittmann, a veteran political player who has worked for Democrats, Republicans and Independents, as its spokesman.Read More


Bernie Madoff Victims Get Back $2.4B

By JTA

More than $2.48 billion in additional funds recovered from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme have been sent to individuals and organizations bilked out of their investments.Read More


Calif. Court Refuses To Block Film

A California judge denied a request on Thursday to remove an anti-Islam film from YouTube that has spawned violent protests across the Muslim world.Read More





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