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Obama’s Faith Based Order Welcomed by Jewish Groups

11/18/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups generally welcomed President Obama's emendations to the White House faith-based initiative established by his predecessor.

Obama signed a new executive director Wednesday emending the order by President George W. Bush that set up the office.

Under the new order, faith-based groups receiving government funds to provide services such as relief or rehabilitation must make clear to beneficiaries that there are non-faith-based alternatives.

39 Congressional Dems Urge Pollard Release

11/18/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A congressional letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard garnered 39 signatures, all Democrats.

In comments at a press conference Thursday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he initiated the letter, written in coordination with a broad array of Jewish groups, mostly out of humanitarian concerns for the convicted Israeli spy, imprisoned 25 years, but also as a spur in the peace process.

Boston-area Synagogue Cancels J Street Event

11/17/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A Boston-area synagogue canceled an appearance by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami after objections by shul members.

The Reform Temple Beth Avodah of Newton canceled the event scheduled for Thursday at the last minute; Ben-Ami's lecture has been moved to a nearby elementary school.

Fox News Chief: NPR Bosses are Nazis

11/17/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Roger Ailes, the Fox News Channel chief, called National Public Radio executives "Nazis" and said "left-wing rabbis" make it difficult to use the term "Holocaust" on air.

Ailes made the comments in an interview with the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz, who was canvassing recent controversies about the right-leaning news channel. Ailes hired Juan Williams, a commentator, full time after NPR fired Williams for saying on a Fox News report that he feared seeing Muslims on airplanes.

Gerda Weissman Klein, Survivor and Educator, Receives Freedom Medal

11/17/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A Holocaust survivor who teaches children the value of citizenship is among those who will be honored by President Obama with a Medal of Freedom.

Gerda Weissman Klein, who survived the notorious death march at the end of the war, designed by Nazis to keep Jews from being rescued, recently founded Citizenship Counts, "an organization that teaches students to cherish the value of their American citizenship," the White House said in a statement Wednesday.

U.S. Report Highlights Israel’s Religious Freedoms Violations

11/16/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Government allocations favoring the Orthodox, extra legal protection to Jewish holy sites and Orthodox hegemony over life-cycle events are among Israel's religious freedom violations highlighted in a U.S. State Department report.

In Deposition, Porn Claims Made, AIPAC Officials Acknowledge No Policy on Classified Info

11/16/2010 - 19:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- AIPAC officials acknowledged in depositions that the organization only recently adopted a stated policy forbidding the receipt of classified information. The depositions also produced claims regarding the viewing of pornographic materials on office computers.

The depositions are part of a brief filed earlier this month in the District of Columbia Superior Court by lawyers for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee seeking the dismissal of a defamation lawsuit by Steve Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign policy chief.

The Great Israeli Oil Rush

Howard Jonas’ financial dream team–Lord Jacob Rothschild came on board this week–sees Saudi-level potential.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Golda Meir often told the old Jewish joke (though hardly thinking it funny), why did Moses shlep us for 40 years to the one place in the Middle East without oil?

Now, from Golda to black gold, an oil rush is on, with some of the top businessmen in the world betting big money on Israeli oil, and the only laugh may be the last laugh.

Rock of ages: Can Israel turn its shale into energy independence?

Rabbi offered cash to steer students to Israeli yeshiva.

11/15/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Sometime in the past few weeks Rabbi Eli Mandel, vice-principal of Jewish studies at the Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, received an offer he felt compelled to refuse: “$1,000 cash” for every TanenbaumCHAT student he directed to a certain Israeli gap-year yeshiva.

Cutthroat Jewish Education: Long Island

Charges of poaching leveled at L.I. Orthodox day school.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

When a seventh-grade parent at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County pulled the familys teenager out of the Conservative school last summer, the parent took more than just the teenager to their new high school, the North Shore Hebrew Academy.

The parent also had a coveted prize in hand: Schechter’s class list, complete with students’ names, addresses and phone numbers, which the parent turned over to officials at North Shore.

North Shore Hebrew Academy, above, sent mailers to Solomon Schechter students, anger ensued.
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