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Israel Reportedly OKs U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

09/14/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has privately signed off on a proposed arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia, a Washington columnist reported.

At $60 billion, the deal is the most expensive arms deal ever. It will be spread out over five to 10 years.

Syndicated columnist Douglas Bloomfield reported Tuesday that Israel has privately blessed the sale, citing U.S. congressional, Israeli and lobby sources.

Rays Of Optimism On Peace Talks

Real test, analysts say, will come at UN General Assembly session opening.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

There were rays of optimism following Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Tuesday in Egypt, but the real test may come here next week when world leaders gather for the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Mosque Conflict Seen Sharpening Jewish Divisions

Nascent effort to combat anti-Islam sentiment running into strong headwind.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

The New York Islamic center controversy — and what some analysts say is the worst surge of nativism and bigotry since the Red Scare of the 1950s — is sharpening longstanding rifts in American Jewish life.

Sign of the times: Opponents of the planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero protest on 9/11. Getty Images

New Push For Unaffiliated Families

Kveller.com website to launch as federation study reveals little programming for uncommitted parents of Jewish children.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Strike up a conversation with an unaffiliated Jewish parent pushing a toddler on a swing in a Prospect Park playground or strapping an infant into a car seat outside a supermarket in Mount Kisco and chances are he or she will have heard of Music Together, Super Soccer Stars, Kidville, UrbanBaby.com, the Park Slope Parents listserv or another of the numerous secular (and often for-profit) resources out there for young families.

Will he or she even know of any Jewish programs, much less have participated in one? Probably not.

A federation task force aims to step up Jewish outreach to young families.

Day Schools Focusing On Combating Abuse

YU study finds strong interest in responding to problem; activists call for tough policies.
09/14/2010 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

A new study, the first of its kind, on whether and how Jewish day schools around the country address issues of physical, psychological and sexual abuse, concludes that the problem is widespread but “is beginning to be dealt with effectively.”

Project CARE will produce a handbook by Rabbi Yona Reiss, dealing with halachic issues surrounding abuse.

Labor Zionist Spokesman Nahum Guttman Dies At 97

09/14/2010 - 20:00

Nahum Guttman, a longtime Zionist leader in the United States who worked with many leaders of both Israel and pre-statehood Palestine, died on Rosh HaShanah, Sept. 9, in his Upper West Side home after a long illness. He was 97.

Mr. Guttman grew up in Brooklyn and Minneapolis, and served as First National Secretary of Habonim, director of public relations for the National Committee for Labor Israel, and editor of The Jewish Frontier.

Kapparot Rite Is Foul, Rabbi Says

09/14/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — A leading Israeli rabbi has come out against using a live animal for the kapparot ceremony.

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, the chief rabbi of the West Bank settlement of Beit El and the head of the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva in Jerusalem, issued a religious ruling suggesting that it was better to give money to the poor rather than wave a live chicken over one's head and transfer one's sins to the animal in order to achieve atonement for sins in advance of Yom Kippur.

Google To Purchase A Second Israeli Start-up

09/14/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Google reportedly will acquire a second Israeli start-up company.

The Israeli business daily Globes reported Monday that Google is paying "several million dollars" to purchase Quiksee, also known as MentorWave Technologies. Other reports put the purchase price at $10 million, though neither Google nor Quiksee has responded to the reports.

Israel Reportedly OKs U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

09/14/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Israel has privately signed off on a proposed arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia, a Washington columnist reported.
At $60 billion, the deal is the most expensive arms deal ever. It will be spread out over five to 10 years.

Syndicated columnist Douglas Bloomfield reported Tuesday that Israel has privately blessed the sale, citing U.S. congressional, Israeli and lobby sources.

Indian Nanny Granted Honorary Israeli Citizenship

09/14/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —The Indian nanny who saved the young son of the Mumbai Chabad emissaries during a terrorist attack was granted honorary Israeli citizenship.
Sandra Samuel was honored Monday in a ceremony at the Interior Ministry presided over by Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who gave Samuel an Israeli identity card.

"I would give my life, heart and soul for Israel," Samuel said during the ceremony.

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