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Barak and Obama Set To Meet Today

By JTA

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with President Obama on Friday morning, acording to sources.Read More


Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

By JTA

Christopher Hitchens, the British-born atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, took on everyone from Henry Kissinger to Mother Teresa.Read More


Boston Teacher Refuses Deal in Sex Abuse Case

By JTA

A rabbi who taught at a Boston-area Jewish day school has refused a plea deal over sexual abuse charges.Read More


Susan Rice Tells Presidents U.N. Still 'Vital'

The United States must remain engaged with the United Nations, its envoy to the international body told the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella.Read More


Israel Goes Gaga for Rare Geese

By Haaretz

Mere days after the Hula Valley reservation was graced with a rare visit by a flock of singing swans, another aviary wonder has made its way to northern Israel, this time by the equally rare Bean Goose.Read More


European Union Funds Preservation of Auschwitz

By JTA

The European Union has donated more than $5 million to preserve the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.Read More


Israel Bill Seeks To Legalize Settler Land Grabs

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is due to discuss Sunday a bill that would legalize construction on private Palestinian land, Haaretz learned on Thursday.Read More


Israeli Ambassador Hosts Gathering for Latinos

By JTA

Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, hosted Hispanic leadership for a cultural evening, the latest in a series of engagements with U.S. minorities.Read More


Cantor Gets Polite Reception From URJ

By Nathan Guttman

Republican congressional leader Eric Cantor got a polite, if less than enthusiastic, reception at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial conference.Read More


Conservatives Put Out New Anti-Obama Ad

By Forward Staff

A new Emergency Committee ad accuses President Obama of using Israel as a ‘punching bag.’ Democrats brand William Kristol’s group a ‘front organization’ for Republicans.Read More





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