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Netanyahu Updates Cabinet on U.S. Settlement Freeze Proposal

11/13/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present to his Cabinet an American proposal to convince Israel to again freeze settlement construction in an effort to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu updated the Cabinet on the American offer Sunday during its regular meeting. Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday in New York for seven hours.

Rep.-Elect West Withdraws Job Offer to Jewish Host Who Called Pelosi 'Garbage'

11/11/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Newly elected Florida Rep. Allen West withdrew a job offer to a Jewish talk show host who called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "garbage" and said Jewish Democrats "don't embrace being Jewish."

West, who in the Nov. 2 elections ousted incumbent Ron Klein, a Democrat, from his Broward and Palm Beach counties area district, issued a statement Thursday expressing his "deep regret" that Joyce Kaufman would not work for him as his chief of staff.

Clinton, Netanyahu Produce Little After Six Hours

11/11/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ended a six-hour meeting with little more than an agreement on the usefulness of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The prime minister and the secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals," said a State Department statement at the conclusion of the meeting in New York.

Sharon Moved to Ranch First Time Since Coma

11/11/2010 - 19:00
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(JTA) -- Ariel Sharon was moved to his ranch for the first time since he fell into a coma in January 2006.

The former Israeli prime minister will spend the weekend at the ranch in the Negev desert, aides said of his move Friday.

Next week, he will return to the Tel Aviv hospital where he has been since he suffered a massive stroke while prime minister.

He will return to the ranchion coming weekends to test the possibility of moving back to his home permanently

Lincoln Square Gets $20 Million From Anonymous Donor To Complete New Building

11/10/2010 - 19:00
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Lincoln Square Synagogue announced Thursday night that an anonymous donor has committed to donating $20 million, which will be used to complete construction of the synagogue’s 50,000-square-foot building on the Upper West Side. The announcement was made at a special membership meeting “to share good news.”

Lincoln Square construction site

U.S. to store more weapons in Israel

11/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.

The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.

Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome.

Brooklyn Rabbi Convicted of Extortion

11/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- An Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn was convicted in federal court of extortion.

Rabbi Milton Balkany, the director of a Jewish day school, was found guilty Wednesday by a jury in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of extortion, blackmail, wire fraud and making false statements.

Balkany, 64, was convicted of trying to extort a $4 million donation to his school, Bais Yaakov of Midwood, from billionaire Steven Cohen's SAC Capital, using damaging information he obtained from an inmate at a federal prison where he served as a spiritual adviser.

U.S. to Store More Weapons in Israel

(JTA) -- The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.

The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.

Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome.

Israeli Housing Plans Counterproductive, Clinton Says

11/09/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Israeli plans to build additional housing in eastern Jerusalem is counterproductive to peace talks.

Clinton made the statement Wednesday during a joint video conference with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in which she announced that the United States would give an additional $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.

She is scheduled to meet Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.

Communal Ties Lacking for Young Jewish Professionals, Study Shows

11/09/2010 - 19:00

NEW ORLEANS, La. (JTA) -- A new survey shows that younger Jewish professionals are less committed to the Jewish collective than their elders.

The results of the survey of about 2,500 self-identified Jewish community professionals were released this week in New Orleans at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.

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