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JESNA To Shut Down After 32 Years

06/07/2013
Associate Editor

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

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

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

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.

After Tragedy, Israeli Parents Donate Son's Kidney To Save Palestinian Boy

06/04/2013

The kidney of a 3-year-old Israeli boy was successfully transplanted to a 10-year-old Palestinian child.

The parents of Noam Naor decided to donate his kidneys after their son was declared brain dead nearly two weeks ago after falling from a window in his parents’ apartment.

Yeshivah Of Flatbush Says Southwest Air Overreacted In Ejecting Students

Atlanta-bound flight crew called students uncooperative. 'They treated us like terrorists,' student says.

06/04/2013

The senior class of a local yeshiva high school was kicked off a flight for being “non-compliant."

The 101 students and eight chaperones from the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School in Brooklyn were asked to leave the early-morning Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Atlanta on Monday, CNN reported.

Buh-bye: Southwest Airlines gave Jewish students vouchers for future travel. Wikipedia Commons

Israel's Chief Rabbis Receive Death Threats Over Women Of Wall Prayer

06/03/2013

Israel’s chief rabbis received death threats in letters to their offices warning them to allow the Women of the Wall to pray “in accordance with our customs.”

The letters, headlined “This is a last warning,” were delivered Monday to the offices of Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar. A complaint was filed with the security officer of the Prime Minister’s Office.

'The Best Of The Greatest Generation'

The Senate's last WWII veteran, Frank Lautenberg fought for Soviet Jews and against the tobacco lobby.

06/03/2013

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died.

Mr. Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell of complications from viral pneumonia, his office said.

Senator Frank Lautenberg's legacy endures in major legislation bearing his name.

Belgian Students Join Academic Boycott Of Israel

05/31/2013

A Belgian student association passed a motion in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Circumcision Controversy

05/30/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn seems to stands alone among Democrat mayoral candidates in supporting the city’s effort to regulate the practice of motzeitzi b’peh.

At a mayoral forum sponsored by The Jewish Press, an Orthodox weekly in Brooklyn, five other Democrats either declined to take a stand on the issue or sided with haredi Jews trying to overturn the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s requirement that parents sign a consent form before allowing oral suction by a mohel during a circumcision.

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