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Grant Pushes Historic Partnership of Seminaries

05/25/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Spurred by a major grant from one of the largest Jewish foundations, the rabbinical seminaries of three major synagogue movements are forging a groundbreaking partnership to train Jewish educators.

The Jim Joseph Foundation announced Monday that it was giving a combined $33 million to the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion, the Modern Orthodox Yeshiva University and the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Comedy Central Changes Video Game Title

05/24/2010

(JTA) -- Comedy Central has changed the title of a video game on its Web site, but has not removed the offensive game, which includes anti-Semitic stereotypes.

Small Protest Greets Oren Address

05/24/2010

(JTA) -- Michael Oren told Brandeis University graduates that Israel has a responsibility to seek peace.

The Israeli Ambassador to the United States spoke Sunday at the university's 59th commencement ceremony.

At least 20 protestors demonstrated near the ceremony, holding signs criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinian civilians and blaming Israel for committing war crimes, the weekly Brandeis Hoot reported.

Netanyahu Says Israel’s National Security Exercises Routine

05/24/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's national home front exercise is routine and not the result of a worsening security situation, Benjamin Netanyahu said.

In announcing the exercise, which will include warning sirens throughout the country, Israel's prime minister said Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that "This is a routine exercise that has been scheduled for some time. I would like to make it clear that it is not the result of any exceptional security development.

Jewish Groups: Rebuke Libyan Envoy for Nazi Comments

05/23/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish and international groups called on the United Nations' Secretary General to rebuke the Libyan envoy, who currently leads the General Assembly, for likening Israel to Nazis.

Ali Abdussalam Treki’s "comments are an outrage, a blight upon the United Nations and his high office, and an impediment to historical truth and to peace," B’nai B’rith International President Dennis Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel Mariaschin wrote Tuesday in a letter to Ban Ki-moon.

Students Across U.S. Invite Israel Ambassador Oren to Speak

05/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Dozens of presidents of university student bodies invited the Israeli ambassador to speak in the wake of his controversial appearances on two campuses.

Germany Recognizes U.S. Holocaust Museum Official

05/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Germany awarded its highest civilian honor to a Holocaust scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Germany presented Paul Shapiro, the director of the museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, with the Cross of the Order of Merit for his role in negotiating the terms that in 2007 made accessible to the public the extensive Holocaust-era archives at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

The award was presented Tuesday to Shapiro in a ceremony at the German Embassy in Washington. The museum announced the award on Thursday.

House Approves 'Iron Dome' Funding for Israel

05/21/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved President Obama's request for an additional $205 million in assistance to Israel for a short-range missile defense system.

The vote approving funding for "Iron Dome" passed Thursday 410-4. The money is above the $3 billion in annual defense assistance Israel already receives from the United States.

Germany’s First Post-war Reform Synagogue Breaks Ground

05/21/2010

(JTA) -- The Reform community of Hameln, Germany has begun building what it says will be Germany’s first post-war Reform synagogue.

Jüdische Gemeinde Hameln broke ground earlier this month for its new synagogue and community center. It will stand on the site of the former Buerenstrasse synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis on Kristallnacht in November 1938.

ADL: Comedy Central Video Game Encourages Anti-Semitism

05/21/2010

(JTA) -- A video game and clips on Comedy Central's Web site "play into and encourage offensive anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stereotypes," the Anti-Defamation League said.

The game in the "Drawn Together" section of the Web site, based on an animated series that previously ran on Comedy Central, features a character called Jew Producer, and a robot called “the Intelligent Smart Robot Animation Eraser Lady” (I.S.R.A.E.L.), which murders children and wreaks destruction.

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