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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.

Syracuse Doctor Who Chaired Federation Campaign Charged In Wife’s Murder

06/25/2014
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A prominent physician active in the Syracuse, N.Y., Jewish community was indicted in the September 2012 murder of his wife.

House Increases Funding For Israel’s Missile Defense

06/25/2014
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The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems.

Included in the House’s Defense Appropriations Bill approved last week is $351 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which is $175 million more than was requested in President Obama’s 2015 budget and $131 million more than funding in the 2014 fiscal year.

A Woman's Place: On Sukkah Walls

JOFA project aims to add portraits of female scholars to those of the rabbis.

06/25/2014
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No longer are only rabbis guaranteed a spot on your sukkah wall. JOFA has launched a new initiative to give women scholars their rightful place on the ritual huts' walls.

Jewish women scholars appear on new sukkah posters. Courtesy of JOFA

Jewish Journalists Urged To Tell Israel’s Story

But a disconnect loomed at first Jewish Media Summit in 14 years.

06/25/2014
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Jerusalem — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed a group of 140 Jewish journalists from 32 countries to Israel on Sunday evening and charged them with the task of speaking out against “the rising tide” of anti-Semitism in Europe and the “dangerous” deal being negotiated between the U.S. and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’Opera

Met’s move fuels lofty debate about limits of art.

06/25/2014
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John Adams’ contemporary opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” has been called “perhaps the most controversial opera of the 20th century.”

Composer John Adams.  Wikimedia Commons
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