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Skolnik Named Leader of Conservative Rabbis Group

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Rabbi Gerald Skolnik was installed Monday as president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative rabbis during its national convention.Read More


Netanyahu, Mofaz To Form Unity Gov't

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Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima’s Shaul Mofaz have reached an agreement to form a new national unity government. Plans for September elections have been scrapped.Read More


Aid Workers Get Threats for Helping Immigrants

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Workers at a Tel Aviv aid organization for refugees, foreign workers and asylum seekers, said they received an anonymous threat on Sunday, in an apparent sign that recent tensions between migrant workers and locals, especially in the city’s south side, continued to increase.Read More


Release of Jonathan Pollard Called 'Inevitable'

By Haaretz

The release of Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison, is “inevitable” and could take place shortly on “technical grounds,” a a prominent Jewish leader and supporter of U.S. President Obama told Haaretz.Read More


Congress Set To Approve $1 Billion for Israel

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The U.S. House of Representatives defense appropriations subcommittee is set to approve nearly $1 billion for Israeli and joint Israeli-U.S. missile defense programs.Read More


Top Court Orders Illegal Outpost Demolished

By Haaretz

Rejecting a state appeal, the High Court of Justice ordered on Monday the demolition of illegally-built structures in the Ulpana neighborhood.Read More


Jewish Reaction Mixed to Hollande's Victory

By JTA

Jewish reaction was mixed to the election of the Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande as the president of France.Read More


Greek Jews Worry Over Rise of Neo-Fascists

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Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time.Read More


Jewish Hostage Pleads With Obama for Help

By Forward Staff

Kidnapped American Warren Weinstein pleads on a new video for President Barack Obama to meet the demands of his Al Qaeda captors, saying ‘my life is in your hands.’Read More


Spielbergs Honor Patriarch of Family

By JTA

The Spielberg clan has honored one of its own – not filmmaker Steven or one of his three sisters, but family patriarch Arnold Meyer Spielberg.Read More





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