Israel Protests Gaza Rockets in U.N.

12/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has filed a complaint in the United Nations over rocket attacks from Gaza.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President Susan Rice, Meron Reuben, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, called on the body to "send a clear and resolute message that these attacks are unacceptable."

iPad Comes to Israel

12/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The iPad is now officially available in Israel.

Apple's official Israeli representative iDigital and Office Depot began selling the devices Tuesday, more than eight months after it became available in the United States and throughout the world, Israel's business daily Globes reported.

In late November, Apple released a Hebrew-language interface and keyboard.

Senate Ratifies START Treaty

12/21/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Senate ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that has been backed by a number of Jewish groups.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 71-26 to ratify the START treaty.

The vote -- 58 in the Democratic caucus and 13 Republicans -- was four more than the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

The Obama administration and top Jewish Democratic senators had lobbied Jewish groups to express support for the treaty, saying it was critical to persuading Russia to isolate Iran.

Erekat: EU Countries to Upgrade Palestinian Missions

12/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 10 European Union countries have plans to upgrade the status of their Palestinian diplomatic missions, lead negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

The upgrades would bring the missions one step closer to becoming embassies whose officials enjoy full diplomatic immunity, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Norway decided last week to upgrade the status of its Palestinian mission, which encouraged the Palestinians to approach several European countries about following suit, Erekat told the Palestinian Ma'an news service.

Palestinians Gain Ground in PR, Diplomatic War

12/21/2010 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians.

It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank, or that the Palestinians in Gaza have achieved new military victories against the Israelis, despite increased rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip in recent weeks.

Rather, the Palestinians have scored a series of diplomatic and public-relations successes against a Jewish state weakened by fraying relationships and a declining reputation internationally.

New Survey Shows More U.S. Jews Than Suspected

12/20/2010 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The American Jewish population is larger than suspected, according to new estimates compiled by Brandeis University.

The suburban Boston university’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute is estimating that there are some 6.5 million people in the United States who are either Jewish by religion or who self-identify as Jewish. The figure represents a 20 percent increase in the number of Jews since 1990.

Jewish Youth Movements Launch Anti-Bullying Campaign

12/20/2010 - 19:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- Three international Jewish youth movements have launched a campaign to combat homophobia.

The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, comprised of the presidents of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, the Reform movement’s National Federation of Temple Youth and the Conservative movement’s United Synagogue Youth, has joined a campaign started by Keshet, a national organization working for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) inclusion in Jewish life.

A Brunswick Stew At N.J. Charter School

In its first year, E. Brunswick’s Hatikvah Academy drawing a diverse, and non-Jewish, crowd; Schechter schools feeling heat from widening movement.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Neither Floretta Caldwell nor her husband is Jewish, but this year at their daughter Dionna’s request they celebrated Chanukah.

And a few weeks ago on the way to her piano lesson, the little girl started chatting away in Hebrew. “I said, ‘Dionna, I have no idea what you just said,’” her mother laughed.

Lead Hebrew teacher Sara Schwartz with first graders at Hatikvah.

Bklyn Center For At-Risk Teens Itself At Risk

With its funding slashed, future of Flatbush’s Our Place in jeopardy; ‘I’d be on the street’ without it, teen says.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Stale cigarette smoke hangi ng in the air behind him, the sounds of weights clanging and billiard balls crashing in the background, Motti sits on a frayed couch in the heart of Flatbush one recent night and talks about what it is like — or was — to be an at-risk Jewish teenager.

Now 17, he came to Brooklyn seven months ago from the Midwest, where he was failing at school and fighting at home. Here, he says, he lived with a member of his family, but was still lost, “chilling on the streets, doing drugs.”

The day the music died? Our Place drop-in center offers erstwhile street teens chance to play music, shoot pool and eat a meal.

Statehood Gambit By Palestinians Seen Serious

This time around, unilateral move viewed as way to further isolate Israel; ‘grand diversion’ for PA.
12/20/2010 - 19:00
Washington Correspondent

It’s not the first time the Palestinians have tried it, but with peace talks at an impasse and the Obama administration showing every sign of backing off its earlier commitment to aggressive diplomacy, threats of unilateral action seeking recognition of a state not gained through negotiations may be more serious this time around.

Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath .
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