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Karski, Albright and Dylan Get Medals of Freedom

By JTA

President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, Madeleine Albright and Bob Dylan, among other recipients.Read More


Extremists Cause Damage at Ancient Tiberias Site

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Haredi Orthodox extremists are suspected of causing irreparable damage to an ancient mosaic on the floor of a fourth century synagogue in Tiberias.Read More


Conservative Jews Praise Obama After Meeting

By Forward Staff

A group of rabbis from the Conservative movement praised President Barack Obama after holding an informal meeting May 29 at the White House.Read More


Orthodox Rabbis Want Couples To Sign Pre-Nup

By JTA

An Orthodox rabbinic group is requiring its members to use a prenuptial agreement in the weddings in which they participate.Read More


Israel Recognizes Reform and Conservative Rabbis

By Haaretz

In an unprecedented move, Israel has announced that it is prepared to recognize Reform and Conservative community leaders as rabbis and fund their salaries.Read More


London Activists Disrupt Israeli Theater Production

By JTA

Pro-Palestinian activists protested against an Israeli theater company’s production of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theater in London.Read More


Missing American Tourist Found Dead in Israel

By JTA

The body of an American tourist missing since last week was discovered near Beit Shean.Read More


Barney Frank's 'Trayvon' Graduation Quip Falls Flat

By Forward Staff

Congressman Barney Frank’s joke about a hoodie and a black recipient of an honorary degree fell flat at a college graduation.Read More


Light Rail Ends Rallies at Jerusalem Square

By Haaretz

Jerusalem’s Zion Square, which has served as the backdrop for boisterous protest rallies for decades, will no longer host demonstrations because of the contract between the Jerusalem municipality and CityPass, which operates the city’s light rail system.Read More


Israel Suggests It Launched New Cyberattack

By Haaretz

Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon hinted on Monday at possible Israeli involvement in the Flame bug, which was revealed to have targeted computers in Iran and the West Bank on Monday.Read More





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