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

02/03/2013 - 19:00
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

01/17/2013 - 19:00

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

01/16/2013 - 19:00

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.
01/16/2013 - 19:00
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

01/16/2013 - 19:00
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

01/14/2013 - 19:00
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

Schumer, Boxer, Wasserman-Schultz Back Hagel For Defense

01/14/2013 - 19:00

 

Chuck Hagel added three major Jewish Democrats to his list of endorsers, clearing his way to likely confirmation as secretary of defense.

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) each said they were satisfied Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, would advance the U.S.-Israel security relationship and would make a priority of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Powell Defends Hagel On 'Jewish Lobby' Quip

01/13/2013 - 19:00

Former secretary of state Colin Powell defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon on Sunday, downplaying some of the controversial remarks attributed to the former Nebraska senator.

That includes Hagel’s quip that members of Congress were intimidated by “a Jewish lobby” on Capitol Hill.

Powell: Hagel should write 'Israel lobby' on blackboard 100 times.

Powell Defends Hagel On 'Jewish Lobby' Quip

01/13/2013 - 19:00

 

Former secretary of state Colin Powell defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon on Sunday, downplaying some of the controversial remarks attributed to the former Nebraska senator.

That includes Hagel’s quip that members of Congress were intimidated by “a Jewish lobby” on Capitol Hill.

Powell: Hagel should write 'Israel lobby' on blackboard 100 times.

Judge Denies Injunction Against NYC Bris Rules

01/10/2013 - 19:00

New York City’s requirement that a mohel must obtain written consent from parents to peform oral suction during a bris will not be suspended because of a court challenge, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

“As enacted, the regulation does no more than ensure that parents can make an informed decision whether to grant or deny such consent,” wrote Judge Nami Reice Buchwald of U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

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