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Jewish Leaders Back New White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough


President Obama named as his new chief of staff a security official, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community.Read More

Richard Wagner's Bicentennial Sparks Effort to Split Music and Anti-Semitism

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Richard Wagner was an anti-Semite and Adolf Hitler’s favorite music composer. As his 200th birthday nears, the problem has been separating these facts.Read More

Michael Bloomberg Gives $350M to Johns Hopkins

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $350 million of his multibillion-dollar fortune to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, in a gift that will bring his total lifetime donations to the institution to over $1 billion, the school said on Saturday.Read More

Israel Admits Birth Control Program for Ethiopians

By Talila Nesher (Haaretz)

A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.Read More

Newtown Students Join Anti-Gun Violence March

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Thousands of marchers rallied in Washington in favor of gun control on Saturday, including residents of Newtown, Connecticut, where a mass elementary school shooting reignited the U.S. gun violence debate.Read More

Brazilian Neo-Nazi Gets 3 Years For Baring Swastika Tattoo at Jewish Students


A Brazilian judge sentenced a man to 35 months in jail for giving Jewish students a Nazi salute and exposing his swastika tattoo.Read More

Environmental Groups Push for Green Jewish Living on Tu B'Shvat


Two Jewish groups launched a joint initiative promoting environmentally friendly living on Tu Bishvat, Jewish arbor day.Read More

J.J. Abrams Set To Direct New 'Star Wars' Flick

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Sci-fi filmmaker J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII”, Walt Disney Co said after days of speculation, giving hope to many long-suffering fans who were disappointed by the last three installments in the iconic franchise.Read More

Seven Die in Egypt Violence on Anniversary of Uprising

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Seven people were shot dead in the Egyptian city of Suez during nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday, underlining the country’s deep divisions on the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.Read More

Abbas Asked Israel To Let In Palestinians Fleeing Syria

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tried to get Israel to let 150,000 Palestinians fleeing war in Syria resettle in the West Bank, but dropped the request after the Jewish state demanded they first give up their right of return, he said.Read More

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