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Tel Aviv Launches Gay Pride Celebration

By Haaretz

Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part on Friday in Tel Aviv’s 14th Gay Pride Parade, which will kick off from Gan Meir park, rounding up a week of gay pride events.Read More


White House Hosts Peres at Official Dinner

By JTA

President Obama will honor Israeli President Shimon Peres with a White House dinner after he awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Read More


Auschwitz Begins $150 Million Restoration Project

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A ceremony on the grounds of Auschwitz officially kicked off a multi-year, $150 million conservation project.Read More


Jailing of Hasid in Bolivia Called State 'Kidnapping'

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A retired FBI official told a House subcommittee that the imprisonment of a New York Chasidic Jew in Bolivia is “state-sponsored kidnapping.”Read More


British Jews Urged To Dress as Holocaust Victims

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A Jewish British couple was asked to consider dressing up as Holocaust victims to commemorate World War II during the annual Wartime Weekend event.Read More


Israel Plans Tent Cities for African Immigrants

By Haaretz

Israel’s Defense Ministry announced Thursday that it will erect between 20,000-25,000 tents for African migrants at various detention centers by the end of the year.Read More


Bibi to Vanity Fair: 'I'm Not Manipulative'

By Haaretz

Vanity Fair has published an in-depth profile of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in its upcoming July issue, in which Netanyahu emphasized that he is “not a natural politician.”Read More


White House Slams Plan for More Settlements

By JTA

The Obama administration “does not accept the legitimacy” of announced plans for up to 851 new housing units for West Bank settlements.Read More


Stop Controversial Circumcision Rite: Official

By JTA

The New York City Health Commissioner has issued a strongly worded statement calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite.Read More


Jewish Day School Pitcher Drafted by Nationals

By JTA

The Washington Nationals drafted a 2012 graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland in the Major League Baseball draft.Read More





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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.
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