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Mitt Romney Blasts Obama on Israel and Iran

By JTA

President Obama’s approach to Iran has made Americans “less secure,” Mitt Romney said in his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination.Read More


Ancient Coffin Lids Heading Back to Egypt

By JTA

Israel will return to Egypt the lids of two ancient sarcophagi that had held mummies.Read More


Israel Finally Wins Medal — at Paralympics

By JTA

Israeli Paralympic swimmer Inbal Pezaro finally brought Israel its first medal in London – at the Paralympic Games.Read More


Scottish National Poet Demands Boycott of Israeli Dancers

By Haaretz

Scotland’s national poet has joined a group calling for a boycott of the Israeli dancing group Batsheva, set to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival.Read More


Orthodox Flap Rages Over Tefillin Straps

By JTA

Several recent rabbinic rulings that have invalidated certain kinds of tefillin straps as unfit for use are causing an uproar in the Orthodox community.Read More


Witnesses Dispute Jewish Student's Account: Police

By JTA

Local police have indicated that witness accounts do not corroborate allegations of a hate crime by Michigan State student Zachary Tennen, whose jaw was surgically repaired following a recent assault.Read More


Oops! Candidate Frets Over 'Negrohood' Crime

By Seth Berkman

Even with tools like spell check and predictive text, a good once-over can never hurt. New York Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod, who is running against Democrat Steven Cymbrowitz in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, learned that the hard wayRead More


Jimmy Carter Blasts Ruling on Rachel Corrie Death

By JTA

Former President Jimmy Carter called “unacceptable” a court ruling that declared the State of Israel is not responsible for the death of an American activist.Read More


New Orleans Jews Hunkered Down for Isaac

By JTA

New Orleans Jewish institutions remained closed Thursday as the region continued to bear the torrential rains and winds of a new massive storm.Read More


Richard Levin Will Step Down at Yale

By Seth Berkman

Richard C. Levin, who has served as president of Yale University since 1993, announced this morning that he will step down at the end of the school year.Read More





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