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Israel’s Supreme Court Voids Rabbinical Court Ruling Requiring Bris

06/30/2014
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JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court nullified a rabbinical court ruling that required a mother to circumcise her son.

Unable To Collect, Terror Victims Sue To Seize Iran's Internet Assets

06/27/2014
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Stymied in attempts to collect more than $1.2 billion in court judgments against Iran for its sponsorship of terror attacks in Israel, 60 Americans who were victims of those attacks or whose family members were victims have filed a federal suit seeking permission to sell all of Iran’s Internet domain names and licenses.

Irreverence Or Defiance?

Facebook page sparks global outrage; provokes big questions.

06/27/2014
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Two Israeli high school students draped in Israeli flags stood in the snow-topped forest of Treblinka, turned an iPhone around to face them, and snapped a smiling picture. The shot later appeared on Facebook with the caption “#Trablinka #poland #jewish.”

Israeli teenagers take selfies while visiting Auschwitz. Via Facebook.com

In New Focus On Outreach, Young Israel Hires Aish HaTorah Rabbi

06/26/2014
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Researchers report that fully 22 percent of American Jews say they have no religion – a figure that jumps to 32 percent among those born after 1980. The National Council of Young Israel is hoping to do something about that by launching an outreach program, “One Community,” headed by a rabbi who honed his skills working for decades for Aish HaTorah, widely known for its skill at "kiruv."

Long Island Comes Together In Solidarity With Kidnapped Israeli Teens

06/26/2014
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Political leaders put aside politics and joined with clergy from several denominations in Mineola, L.I., today to raise their voice in a collective call for the release of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

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UJA Holds Its First LGBTQ Conference

06/26/2014
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“I’ve turned gray waiting for UJA to make this conference,” said Shelly Weiss, a longtime LGBTQ activist. She was referring to UJA-Federation of New York’s first-ever conference focused on the Jewish gay, lesbian, transgender and queer community, which took place last month at the charity’s headquarters on East 59th Street.

This UJA logo reflects its enhanced focus on the LGBTQ community. Courtesy of UJA-Fed NY

French Court Orders Extradition Of Alleged Brussels Museum Shooter

06/26/2014
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A French court ordered the extradition of Mehdi Nemmouche, the Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels.

On Thursday, the court in Versailles approved Nemmouche’s extradition to Belgium to face murder charges, according to reports.

Nemmouche has been in police custody on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and possession of weapons since his arrest on May 30 in the southern French city of Marseille.

Israeli Jews Believe They Share A Fate With Diaspora, Poll Finds

06/26/2014
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Substantial majorities of Israeli Jews believe they share a fate with Diaspora Jews and that the Israeli government should take into account how its decisions affect the Diaspora.

N.Y. Rabbi Refuses Apology From Man Who Bleached Him

06/25/2014
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Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, an activist against chasidic child sex abusers, refused to accept an apology from the man who threw bleach in his face.

Britain’s Hotspurs Backers Can Use ‘Yid’ Without Fear Of Arrest

06/25/2014
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 Fans of the British soccer team Tottenham Hotspurs who use the term “yid” will not be arrested, British police said.

Constable Steve Payne of London’s Metropolitan Police told a meeting of team fans last week that using the word is no longer an arrestable offense, but that fans could still be charged if accused of using the term in a pejorative way, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported.

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