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Conference Hears Calls To Help Jewish Refugees

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Speakers at a conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees called for legislative initiatives to support compensation for the refugees.Read More


Ancient Reservoir Found Near Wailing Wall

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A public water reservoir dating to the First Temple period was unearthed next to the Western Wall.Read More


German Muslims and Jews Rally for Circumcision

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Jews and Muslims in Berlin demonstrated for the right to carry out ritual circumcisions, a right that has been endangered in Germany.Read More


Joshua Group Gives $100K to Eight Fellows

The Joshua Venture Group named eight fellows for its 2012-14 Dual Investment Program.Read More


Weight-Loss Ad Mocks Holocaust Victims

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An Estonian weekly newspaper ran a mock ad for weight loss pills using a photo of prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp, raising the ire of the country’s Jewish community.Read More


Howard Berman Wins Nod From GOP Senators

Los Angeles Democratic Rep. Howard Berman has reportedly won the support of two high-profile Republican senators and independent Joe Lieberman in his intramural showdown with Rep. Brad Sherman.Read More


Men-Only Show Sparks Boycott Call

By Haaretz

Jewish pluralism and women’s rights groups are up in arms over a series of presentations featuring only men to be held at Petah Tikva’s municipal cultural center.Read More


Hillary Clinton Rejects Bibi's Iran 'Red Lines'

By Haaretz

Despite talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the White House over the possibility of drawing red lines concerning the Iranian nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday night that the administration is not prepared to make such a public commitment.Read More


Israel Hits Back at Gaza After Attack

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Israel Air Force aircraft struck four terror-related Gaza sites.Read More


Notes Removed From Wailing Wall in Clean-Up

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The Western Wall was emptied of layers of notes from its cracks and crevices for the New Year.Read More





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  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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