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Goldstone will attend grandson’s bar mitzvah

04/25/2010 - 20:00

CAPE TOWN (JTA) -- Richard Goldstone will attend his grandson's upcoming bar mitzvah in South Africa, following an agreement with local Jewish groups.

ZOA lobbies Congress for military action against Iran

04/21/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Activists for the Zionist Organization of America lobbied Congress to consider military action against Iran.

In more than 100 meetings with members of Congress on Wednesday, the ZOA said hundreds of its activists also asked the lawmakers to defund the Palestinian Authority, press the U.S. embassy issue and enshrine anti-Jewish discrimination safeguards in education legislation.

Thirty lawmakers addressed the group's luncheon, the ZOA said.

Netanyahu rejects eastern Jerusalem construction freeze

04/21/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected an Obama administration call for a total construction freeze in eastern Jerusalem, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The rejection was conveyed last weekend by Israeli officials to White House officials, the newspaper reported in an article published Thursday.

The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday confirmed the Wall Street Journal report, which was based on Washington diplomatic sources, Israeli media reported.

Justice Dept. again won’t intervene in Rubashkin case

04/20/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The U.S. Department of Justice again has declined to intervene in the sentencing of a convicted kosher meat executive.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote in a letter Monday that concerns about the sentencing of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin were best raised with the presiding judge in northern Iowa, Linda Reade, or with local federal prosecutors.

Orthodox LA Teen Elected to Local Council

04/20/2010 - 20:00

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

04/19/2010 - 20:00
JTA

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

04/19/2010 - 20:00

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

04/19/2010 - 20:00

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

04/18/2010 - 20:00

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

04/18/2010 - 20:00

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.

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