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Wayne Firestone Steps Down as Hillel Chief

By JTA

After seven years as the chief executive at Hillel, Wayne Firestone has announced that he will be stepping down from his post in June 2013.Read More


Israel Beats Spain in Baseball Classic

First baseman Nate Freiman hit two home runs as Israel beat Spain 4-2 in the qualifying round of World Baseball Classic, putting the Isaeli team one win away from a guaranteed spot in the tournament in March.Read More


France Bans Protests Over Anti-Islam Cartoon

By Reuters

France banned protests on Friday against cartoons published by a satirical weekly denigrating Islam’s Prophet Mohammad as part of a security clamp-down while prayers took place across the Muslim world.Read More


France's Le Pen Backs Ban on Kippahs

By JTA

French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen said she supports a ban on wearing kipahs in public in addition to a ban on Muslim headscarves.Read More


Israeli Soldier and 3 Militants Killed in Skirmish

By Reuters

Three armed militants crossed into Israel from Egypt on Friday, killing an Israeli soldier before themselves coming under fire and dying, the army said.Read More


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





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