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Man Wrongly Convicted Of NY Rabbi’s Murder Receives $10 million Settlement

08/20/2014
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A man who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison received a $10 million settlement from the city.

Jewish Film Festival To Return To London Theater, But Not This Year

08/20/2014
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Canterbury, England - A well-known London theater has reversed its decision and will host future Jewish film festivals partly financed by the Israeli Embassy, though not this year. Earlier this month, the Tricycle Theatre board decided not to host the 2014 UK Jewish Film Festival because of the Israel-Hamas conflict in  Gaza and the Israeli government’s financial backing of the festival.

Twenty-six films were scheduled to be shown in November.

Philadelphia Synagogue’s Historian Found Dead In Home

08/20/2014
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A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home.

Reality TV Takes Cue From Shidduch Scene

Modern-day matchmakers introduce arranged marriage to NYC.

08/20/2014
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Reality TV seems to be learning a thing or two from haredi dating.

In the new FYI reality show “Married at First Sight,” six singles agree to be set up by a team of four professional matchmakers — and legally marry their selected mate upon first meeting.

From Yenta to cable TV: The “Married at First Sight” matchmakers. Courtesy of FYI

Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom

In wake of Gaza conflict, local students, officials expect tense atmosphere as semester begins.

08/20/2014
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In Gaza, there may be a cease-fire, but for Jewish college students, the war is about to begin.

Groups as varied as J Street U and the Israel Action Network are bracing for what many insiders believe will be the most contentious school year yet.

Brooklyn College’s Creative Coexistence group shares some of their work. Courtesy of Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College

Jews Press UN Chief On Perceived Anti-Israel Bias

Delegation slams choice to head war crimes probe, UNRWA in meeting with Ban Ki-Moon.

08/20/2014
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A review of 40 United Nations statements made during the Gaza war found that only once was there a mention of Hamas’ so-called “terror tunnels” dug under the Gaza-Israel border to launch terrorist attacks in Israel.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general, told Jewish group he will consider its recommendations. Getty Images

Federal Appeals Court Calls For Review Of NYC MBP Law

08/19/2014
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A New York City health law designed to regulate the controversial metzitzah b’peh ritual circumcision practice must pass stricter scrutiny, a federal appeals court ruled.

Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, argued that MBP is a risky procedure.

Coexistence Bowed, But Not Broken, By War

Strain on dialogue groups in wake of Gaza conflict, but participants aren’t giving up.

08/19/2014
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Jerusalem — Six times since the start of the Israel-Hamas war this summer, students, parents and teachers at the Hebrew-Arabic Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem marched together along southern Jerusalem’s walking and bike trail, which meanders through Jewish neighborhoods before reaching Beit Safafa, a scenic Arab neighborhood near Malka.

Some 10,000 Israelis attended a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Their signs read, “Where there is no peace, war comes.” Getty Images

Israel’s War Framed As World’s War

Consul general for media briefs Westchester community on Gaza and the Islamist threat.

08/19/2014
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Israel’s consul general for media and public affairs came to Westchester earlier this month to brief the community on Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza and its implications.

Israeli consular official Shahar Azani, center, with UJA-Federation lay leaders. Courtesy of Dana Asher

Starbucks’ Venti Israel Problem

08/19/2014
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For Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Israel has always been a fraught topic. Raised in a Brooklyn Jewish family, he’s been accused of supporting Israel and also of not supporting Israel, although in general he keeps his religious sentiments and commitments very private.

Grounds for controversy?
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