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JCC Leader Stepping Up Support For Rauf

JCC in Manhattan’s Rabbi Joy Levitt calls on other centers in Jewish, Christian communities to back imam’s project.
08/23/2010 - 20:00

The head of the JCC in Manhattan reiterated on national television Sunday that she is advising the effort to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero. And she went a step further.

JCC in Manhattan Executive Director Rabbi Joy Levitt: Appeared with Daisy Khan in TV interview Sunday.

In Response to Vague Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Jewish Groups Deliver Vague Message

08/23/2010 - 20:00
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two weeks before their launch, the promised renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has already engendered a first: a joint statement of welcome by mainstream U.S. Jewish and Palestinian groups.

Hagee Drops Support for Im Tirtzu

08/22/2010 - 20:00
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- John Hagee Ministries will discontinue funding for an Israeli right-wing group that has depicted the New Israel Fund and its affiliates as anti-Israel.

The decision to end funding for Im Tirtzu was revealed in an email by Lee Wunsch, the president of the Houston Jewish Federation, and obtained over the weekend by Richard Silverstein, a blogger who has campaigned against funding the group.

Will Israeli-Palestinian Talks Be About Appearance or Substance?

08/22/2010 - 20:00
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 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It's a peace conference where nothing is off the table. -- or on it, for that matter.

The Obama administration's invitation to Palestinian and Israeli leaders to launch direct talks on Sept. 2 attempts to reconcile Israeli demands for no preconditions with Palestinian demands that the talks address all the core issues: final borders, the fate of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.

Palestinians Will Leave Peace Talks Over Settlement Freeze

08/22/2010 - 20:00

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinians will withdraw from peace talks with Israel if construction in the settlements resumes, Mahmoud Abbas told the Mideast Quartet.

U.S. Invites Israel, Palestinians to Direct Talks

08/19/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States has invited Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct peace talks next month, though the parameters remain vague.

"On behalf of the United States government I've invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet on Sept. 2 to resolve all final status issues which we believe can be completed within one year," Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, said in a conference call on Friday.

JDC to Help Pakistani Flood Victims

08/19/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will aid victims of the floods in Pakistan.

JDC is collecting funds to provide Pakistani flood victims with food, clothing, medicine and other necessities.

Flooding began about three weeks ago and has affected more than 170 million people, according to the Associated Press.

U.S.: Direct Israeli-Palestinian Talks 'Very Close'

08/19/2010 - 20:00
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are "very, very close," a U.S. State Department spokesman said, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is in constant telephone contact with the leaders.

Pelosi Calls For Transparency From Both Sides in Mosque Dispute

08/17/2010 - 20:00
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Nancy Pelosi agreed with an ADL call for transparency in the funding of the mosque and interfaith center near Ground Zero, but said its opponents should also make their funding transparent.

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives weighed in Wednesday on the controversy, and echoed statements from President Obama that freedom of religion is paramount, but that the decision about the planned mosque is a local matter.

Sweden’s ‘Complicated’ Jewish Community

08/17/2010 - 20:00

 Paideia (Greek for “education”) was founded in 2000 amid controversy in the Swedish Jewish community, where some resentment still lingers despite the success of the program.

Primary funding came through a major grant from the Swedish government out of a sense of moral guilt for its supply of goods, including iron ore, to the Nazis during World War II, though its official position was one of neutrality.

Additional funding came from the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Stockholm’s Great Synagogue: Built in 1870 to resemble an antique Assyrian temple.
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