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UJA-Fed. Campaign Holds Its Ground

Charity’s annual drive raised $136 million in bad economic year; same figure as last year.
07/19/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

John M. Shapiro, the organization’s outgoing president, said the 2010 annual campaign actually exceeded projections by $2 million, thereby enabling UJA-Federation to provide “the dollars needed to help throughout the New York community.”

UJA-Fed’s John Ruskay: Fundraising this year has been “wrenching and inspiring.”

Date My Kid, Please!

07/19/2010 - 20:00

It’s a story as old as the Bible for a Jewish mother to want to marry off her single son.

But Geri Brin took the stereotype a step further when her profile of her son Colby launched a new online dating program.

“Date My Single Kid” is a subpage of the online lifestyle magazine FabOver50.com, and it is growing in popularity since its recent creation.

My son the catch: Geri Brin and her son Colby.  Courtesy of Katherine McPherson, Fab Over 50.

A Chupah For Chelsea?

07/19/2010 - 20:00

The July 31 nuptials of former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her Jewish fiancé, Marc Mezvinsky, are fast approaching, and much about the event remains a closely guarded secret.

While most Americans are eager for details about the dress, the guest list and the location (which almost everyone agrees now is Astor Court in upstate Rhinebeck), for Jews the big question remains: will it be a Jewish wedding? 

Chelsea and Marc: The suspense builds about kosher food, rabbi, etc. Getty Images

Tabloid News & Jewish Wisdom

07/19/2010 - 20:00

 

As part of our continuing effort to find deeper meaning and lessons in pop culture, we asked Rabbi Simon Jacobson to help reveal the Jewish wisdom and relevancy in the most recent front-page tabloid news.

 

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Ackerman Asks SEC to Warn About Iran Sanctions

07/19/2010 - 20:00

 (JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to make companies aware that they may be in violation of the new Iran sanctions law.

Ackerman, chairman of the House of Representatives subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, made the request in a letter sent Tuesday to SEC chairman Mary Schapiro.

Israel's Iron Dome Defense System Passes Last Tests

07/19/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully completed its final round of tests, Israel's Defense Ministry said.

The tests, which include intercepting simultaneous rocket salvoes from different directions, were completed Monday in the Negev Desert.

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has built two systems thus far; Israel has not decided how many it will order. The systems are expected to be put into operation in November.

Jewish Funds for Justice Runs Ad Criticizing Glenn Beck

07/18/2010 - 20:00

 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than 250 rabbis, Christian clergy, Jewish leaders and other supporters signed on to a Jewish Funds for Justice ad criticizing Glenn Beck’s comments about the organization.

The ad, which appeared in the most recent edition of the Forward, was part of an ongoing feud between the conservative Fox TV host and Jewish Funds for Justice.

Lieberman: Israel Beiteinu Won’t Quit Government

07/18/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said his Israel Beiteinu party will not leave the government, despite several disagreements.

During a news conference Monday, Lieberman did criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not having more consideration for his largest coalition partner. Israel Beiteinu has 15 seats in the current government, the second largest party in Netanyahu's coalition.

Netanyahu and Lieberman were scheduled to meet later Monday to hash out their disagreements in private.

Journalist David Twersky dies

07/17/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, has died.

Twersky died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush's administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

American Jewish Congress Suspends Activities

07/17/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Congress has suspended its activities after running out of funds.

The suspension of the venerable Jewish-American advocacy organization's activities, confirmed to JTA on Sunday by acting co-executive director Marc Stern, comes after months of rumors that the organization was on the verge of collapse after losing most of its endowment in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

As of Sunday afternoon there was no mention of the suspension on the AJCongress website.

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