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Obama To Visit Israel This Spring

02/05/2013

President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, reports on Monday said.

Obama visited Israel last as a senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. The New York Times quoted White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying that the president accepted an invitation to visit Israel during a Jan. 28 conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the trip will be a chance to “discuss the way forward” on problems in the region, including the civil war in Syria and Iran's production of nuclear materials.

Sen. Barack Obama visits Western Wall during 2008 trip to Israel.

Members Of 19th Knesset Sworn In At Inaugural Session

02/05/2013

 

The first session of the newly elected 19th Knesset opened in Jerusalem.

The 120 members of the Knesset, including 48 new members, were sworn in on Tuesday as part of the celebratory opening. 

Author Tuvia Tenenbaum Raises A Fuhrer In Germany With Nazi Salute

02/05/2013

Israeli-born Jewish author Tuvia Tenenbom is in trouble in Germany for raising his arm in the Hitler salute, which is banned in the country.

Tenenbom: Tried to provoke neo-Nazis.

In Eulogies, Koch Remembered As Outspoken 'Moses' Who Led City Out Of Darkness

'We are doing a lot better because you lived and served,' says President Clinton.

02/04/2013

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died on Friday, was remembered by his current successor, Michael Bloomberg, as a legendary figure akin to Moses, who “restored the arc of the city’s history."

Noting that this week's Torah portion depicts Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, Bloomberg said " Ed, in his own way, was our Moses ... He led us out of darkness and he gave us hope. And while he may not have parted the Red Sea, he did break a subway strike by standing on a bridge and shouting words of encouragement.”

L.A. Leader Will Likely Lead OU After Opponents Withdraw

02/04/2013
Editor And Publisher

The planned March 10 contested election pitting incumbent Orthodox Union president Simcha Katz against former president Harvey Blitz is not to be. (See “OU Internal Struggles Leading To Showdown,” Jan. 18)

Martin Nachimson

Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath To Be Observed At 150 Shuls And Churches

01/18/2013

As President Barack Obama seeks support for his sweeping gun control reforms, and states enact their own legislation -- including the nation's toughest in New York -- a faith-based coalition is promoting a national  Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.

President Obama signs letters from children after unveiling new gun control proposals on Jan. 16. (White House Photo)

Actor Chuck Norris Endorses Netanyahu

01/17/2013

In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, 1980s action-film and TV icon Chuck Norris has issued an endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel does not directly elect its prime minister, but a nominee, generally from the majority party,  is named by the president and submitted for approval from the Knesset. Netanyahu is head of the current majority party Likud.

Norris has become something of a popular culture icon in recent years and recently returned to the big screen last year's "The Expendables 2."

Latest Jewish Population Data Show Gains In Manhattan, Loss In Suffolk

Methodology questioned by demographer.

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish population in the Washington Heights/Inwood communities on the northern tip of Manhattan has soared by 144 percent since 2002, while Suffolk County, with a 4 percent decrease in Jews during that time, is the only suburban county to experience a Jewish population loss.

A look at the latest numbers by county.

Latest Jewish Population Data Show Gains In Manhattan, Loss In Suffolk

01/17/2013
Staff Writer

The Jewish population in the Washington Heights/Inwood communities on the northern tip of Manhattan has soared by 144 percent since 2002, while Suffolk County, with a 4 percent decrease in Jews during that time, is the only suburban county to experience a Jewish population loss.

A look at the latest numbers by county.

Holocaust Survivors Affected By Sandy Get Aid From Germans And Claims Conference

01/15/2013
Staff Writer

It was a “modest” sum of money, said Germany’s consul general in New York, but he, staff members and friends attending a concert at his residence last month wanted to do something to help after realizing the hardship Superstorm Sandy had caused Holocaust survivors living in its path.

“We decided to ask participants for donations,” Consul General Busso von Alvensleben said in an e-mail interview. “We all contributed. With this modest token of solidarity we wish to express our sympathies with those affected by Sandy.”

German Consul Ellen Goelz, left, Rabbi Moshe Wiener of Coney Island JCC, and Greg Schneider of Claims Conference. Melanie Einzig
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