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New Evidence Ties Hezbollah To Burgas Terror Blast, Says Bulgaria

06/20/2013
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Bulgaria claims it has previously undisclosed evidence that further implicates Hezbollah in a deadly terrorist attack last year on Bulgarian soil, JTA has learned.

A Bulgarian representative to the European Union said Wednesday that investigators have discovered that a Hezbollah operative was the owner of a printer used to produce fake documents that facilitated the July 19 bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Burgas. Five Israelis and their Bulgarian driver were killed in the attack.

Documentary Claims Mentalist Uri Geller Was CIA Spy

06/17/2013
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The Israeli magician and psychic Uri Geller worked as a CIA spy, according to a new documentary.

“The Secret Life of Uri Geller-Psychic Spy,” by Vikram Jayanti, says Geller used his powers against Russia, including erasing Soviet floppy discs and changing the mind of an unnamed Russian leader in order to convince him to sign a nuclear arms reduction treaty, The Independent reported.

Uri Geller: Claims he refused to use powers to kill. Getty Images

City Council Bill Would Provide Safety Officers At Yeshivas

06/14/2013
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The NYPD would provide a uniformed, but unarmed school safety officer at any non-public school upon administrators' request under a bill introduced by Councilman David Greenfield this week.

The city already provides at least one safety officer at each of the city's public schools. Greenfield, a Democrat who represents Borough Park and part of Flatbush in the Council, says the bill is a response to the Dec. 27, 2012 massacre of school children in Newtown, CT.

Uniformed school safety officers would deter most criminals, a Council member believes.

Scion Of Revered Rabbinic Family To Lead Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue

06/13/2013
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Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, the scion of a revered rabbinic family, is the new spiritual leader of the country’s oldest Sephardic synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel.

Rabbi Meir Soloveicik was most recently associate rabbi at Kehilat Jeshurun of Manhattan.

Four Women To Join Israel's Committee On Religious Courts

06/11/2013
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Four spots on the committee that appoints religious judges in Israel will be reserved for women under a new Knesset law.

Thousands Of Haredi Jews Protest Israeli Draft In Manhattan

06/10/2013
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Thousands of haredi Jews, including members of both rival factions of the Satmar chasidic sect, crowded into Foley Square in Lower Manhattan Sunday to protest Israel's plan to include the ultra-Orthodox in the army draft.

The protesters carried signs reading "The Israei Draft Law is an attack on religious freedom" and "Orthodox Jews willproudly go to jail rather than serve in the Israeli army."

Protestor and his children approach Federal Plaza in Manhattan for rally against Israeli draft of haredim. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

JESNA To Shut Down After 32 Years

06/07/2013
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The Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) will cease operations as of July 1. In an announcement sent out Friday, Cass Gottlieb, chair of JESNA's board of directors, noted the dramatic changes that have taken place in the communal and educational landscapes in recent years.

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Palestinian Terrorists Stepping Up Attempts To Abduct Israelis, IDF Says

06/07/2013
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Palestinian militants are stepping up efforts to abduct Israeli soldiers, according to data released by the Israel Defense Forces.

A total of 27 attempts to abduct an Israeli soldier have been foiled so far in 2012, Haaretz reported. The figure constitutes a doubling of such cases compared to the first six months of 2012, an unnamed military source told the newspaper.

Report Shows 'Dramatic' Rise In New York Jewish Poverty

06/06/2013
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A new report shows that 20 percent of Jewish households in the New York metropolitan area are poor, a figure only marginally lower than the rate in the general population.

The report released Thursday by UJA-Federation of New York found more than 560,000 people living in 200,000 poor or near-poor Jewish households, a figure that represents a doubling of the number of people living in poor Jewish households since 1991, despite only a 14 percent increase in the Jewish population. The report also found nearly half of children in Jewish households live in poor or near-poor conditions.

Fourth Arrest In Deadly 2009 Shooting At Tel Aviv Gay Club

06/06/2013
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A fourth man was arrested in connection with a 2009 shooting attack at a youth center for gays in Tel Aviv.

The man arrested early Thursday morning is a gay activist and police believe he has information that could assist in the investigation. He is not suspected of involvement in the 2009 shooting which led to the death of two people, according to Ynet.

The arrest comes a day after three other suspects were arrested. The suspects are all believed to be Jewish, from central Israel and between the ages of 20 and 40, according to reports.

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