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Supermodel Bar Refaeli and Leonardo DiCaprio Return to Israel

11/15/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her boyfriend, popular American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, arrived in Israel for a vacation.

The couple was placed under heavy security upon their arrival Sunday, according to reports. They were accompanied by DiCaprio's mother, Irmelin and actor Kevin Connolly of "Entourage." They arrived in Israel after visiting Jordan and Egypt as part of celebrations for DiCaprio's 36th birthday, according to reports.

Netanyahu Updates Cabinet on U.S. Settlement Freeze Proposal

11/14/2010

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.

How Not To Cover Hasids: Or, Why We Love Stories about Black Celebrity Jews

In the journalism trade, there is dependable genre we call the "quirky" story.  Editors love them because our readers do: they offer a churlish delight in the abnormal, the strange, the off-beat.  For the most part, they're harmless, fun throw-away stuff that lend a respite from the otherwise moribund front-page fare.

Sharon Moved to Ranch First Time Since Coma

11/12/2010
JTA

(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

U.S. to store more weapons in Israel

11/11/2010

(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.

In Indonesia, Where Israelis Can't Enter, Obama Tells Jews Where They Can't Live

In Democratic circles, it is scandalous to join a club that excludes women, say, or blacks or gays. The New York Times, a few years ago, devoted dozens of articles, many on the front page, to the horror of the Master's Tournament being held in a golf club for men only, in Augusta, Georgia.

Window Closing on Peace, Kerry Says in Israel

11/10/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Though there are "real opportunities" for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, the window is closing, U.S. Sen. John Kerry warned.

Big Easy, Federations Struggling For Comeback

For a federation system hurting in tough times, New Orleans was a natural site for the GA.
11/10/2010
Editor And Publisher

 New Orleans — For a long time the 79th General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America had been scheduled to take place this week in Orlando, Fla. But after a top consultant scouted that city last winter, and concluded that it would add little to the spirit of the annual gathering of the federation movement — and that Disney World might prove a major distraction — the decision was made to move the three-day GA here to New Orleans.

Gary Rosenblatt

Chilean Miners Won’t Visit Israel Without Families Israel Trip

11/09/2010

(JTA) — The rescued Chilean miners have accepted Israel's invitation to visit on an all-expense-paid trip -- if their families can join them.
The 33 miners want to be accompanied on the trip by 70 of their family members, including children, grandchildren and mothers. One of the miners has asked to bring his mistress as well as his wife, according to reports.

Ban Expresses 'Concern' Over Jerusalem Building

11/09/2010

(JTA) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is concerned over Israel's plans to build hundreds of housing units in eastern Jerusalem.

Ban and Netanyahu met Monday night in New York. The leaders also spoke about efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the decision by a United Nations body to refer to Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as mosques.

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