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Sen. Al Franken Makes 6 Jewish Lawmakers Boycotting Netanyahu Speech


Washington — Sen. Al Franken became the sixth Jewish lawmaker to say he will not attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

Letter Circulating Among House Dems Urges Postponement Of Netanyahu Speech


A letter urging Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to postpone a planned March 3 speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is circulating among Democrats.

Attacks On Jews Doubled In London Area


Hate crimes against Jews in London more than doubled last year, according to the Scotland Yard.

Abdullah, Saudi King And Peace Proposal Author, Dies At 90


Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, the architect of a proposal that U.S. governments have suggested is the basis for a comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace, has died.

N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested In Corruption Probe


Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism Selling Its Real Estate


The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is selling its New York office.

The organization announced Wednesday that it signed a contract last month to sell its two-floor condo in midtown Manhattan for $15.9 million. Proceeds from the sale of the Second Avenue property will go toward paying down its debt, renting new office space and establishing a foundation to fund ongoing programs, United Synagogue said.

Adaptation Of Classic Yiddish Tale Wins Top Sydney Taylor Award


A new adaptation of a classic Yiddish tale and folk song is among the winners of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards for children’s books.

North Korean Gulag Survivor Honored By Jewish Groups Recants Escape Testimony


A human rights activist who was honored by Jewish groups for denouncing North Korea’s system of gulags recanted key parts of his testimony about escaping from one.

Anti-Semitism At Schools A major Aliyah Factor, French Jewish Leader Says


Rampant anti-Semitism in French public schools and threats against Jewish ones are spurring Jewish emigration, a leader of French Jewry said.

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