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Orthodox LA Teen Elected to Local Council

04/21/2010

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – A 15-year old Orthodox Jewish girl has become the youngest elected public representative in Los Angeles. 

Rachel Lester was elected last week to the South Robertson Neighborhood Council, besting her opponent, a college-educated family man, with a lop-sided vote of 144 to 13.

The 90 neighborhood councils in Los Angeles are official municipal bodies, which serve as advisory boards to the L.A. City Council and as liaison between the average citizen and the municipal government.

Moves on Goldstone Bar Mitzvah Spark Brouhaha

04/20/2010
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA) -- Talk about shul politics.

In the interest of avoiding a disruption of his grandson’s bar mitzvah, Judge Richard Goldstone, author of the Goldstone report on the 2009 Gaza war, told JTA last week that he would not attend the family simcha next month at a Johannesburg synagogue.

But in case Goldstone has any second thoughts, a leading South African Jewish group announced it is ready to protest should he show up.

Jewish Groups Oppose Arizona Immigration Law

04/20/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Three national Jewish groups urged Arizona's governor to veto a bill that would force local authorities to enforce federal immigration law.

Reform Leader Lights Independence Torch in Israel

04/20/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel included a Reform rabbi for the first time in launching its Independence Day celebrations.

Rabbi Richard Hirsch was one of 14 Israelis asked to help light the torch Monday evening marking the start of Israel's 62nd Independence Day.

The committee naming the honorees, working out of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recognized Hirsch for strengthening ties between the Reform movement and Israel.

Volcanic ash strands 48,000 between Israel, Europe

04/19/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 300 flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport have been cancelled in the wake of a volcano eruption in Iceland.

As of Monday, about 48,000 people travelling between Israel and Europe have been stranded, including at least 20,000 Israelis.

The ash on Monday also for the first time prevented a flight from North America from taking off for Israel, Haaretz reported.

Suspect arrested in California synagogue shooting

04/19/2010

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of two worshipers at a southern California synagogue.

Christopher Littlejohn, 37, was taken into custody April 15 in connection with the early-morning shooting last October in the underground garage of the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Synagogue in North Hollywood.

A lone gunman shot Maor Ben-Nissan and Allen Lasry in the knees as they arrived for the early minyan.

Oren, J Street Meet

04/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's U.S. ambassador formally met with the director of J Street.

"The conversation, which took place at the Israeli Embassy, lasted approximately one hour and covered a wide range of topics, including the peace process, the U.S.-Israel relationship and Iran," said a statement from the group describing the Thursday afternoon meeting between Ambassador Michael Oren and Jeremy Ben-Ami.

Clinton to P.A.: Talk to Israel

04/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the Palestinian Authority to join negotiations with Israel.

"We strongly urge President Abbas and his government to join negotiations with Israel now," the U.S. Secretary of State said Thursday evening, addressing a Center for Middle East Peace dinner.

Olmert Called Chief Suspect in Holyland Scandal

04/15/2010

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was identified as the chief suspect in a massive real estate scandal that also has led to the arrest of former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.

Police on Thursday identified Olmert as the senior figure in the Holyland project scandal.

Senate Letter Urging Tensions Tamp-down Gets 76 Signatures

04/14/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate urged the Obama administration not to allow tensions with Israel to harm relations or the prospects of a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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