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Jacobs Unanimously Elected to Lead Reform Jews

06/13/2011

(JTA) -- The Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism unanimously elected Rabbi Richard Jacobs to serve as its next president.

Jacob's election on Sunday makes him the fourth person to hold the office since its creation in 1943. Previous presidents were Rabbis Maurice Eisendrath, Alexander Schindler and Eric Yoffie.

Jacobs currently serves as Senior Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY, and will assume the presidency of the Union for Reform Judaism in 2012.He was nominated earlier this year.

Alleged Israeli Spy Arrested in Egypt is U.S. Citizen

06/13/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An alleged Israeli spy arrested in Egypt has been identified by Israeli media as an American citizen who made aliyah in 2005.

Egyptian authorities arrested Ilan Grapel at his hotel in central Cairo on Sunday; Grapel was ordered detained for 15 days while he is investigated for allegedly "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic and political interests," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

Alleged Israeli Spy Arrested in Egypt is U.S. Citizen

06/13/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An alleged Israeli spy arrested in Egypt has been identified by Israeli media as an American citizen who made aliyah in 2005.

Egyptian authorities arrested Ilan Grapel at his hotel in central Cairo on Sunday; Grapel was ordered detained for 15 days while he is investigated for allegedly "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic and political interests," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

Israel Bank’s Fischer Running for Top IMF Job

06/12/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Stanley Fischer, the governor of the Bank of Israel, has thrown his hat into the ring to lead the International Monetary Fund.

Fischer, 67, is in the second year of his second five-year term as the head of Israel's central bank. He announced his bid to lead the IMF over the weekend.

He is looking to fill the position vacated by Dominique Strauss-Kahn of France, who resigned after his arrest on May 14 on charges of attempted rape of a maid in a New York hotel.

Israel Bank’s Fischer Running for Top IMF Job

06/12/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Stanley Fischer, the governor of the Bank of Israel, has thrown his hat into the ring to lead the International Monetary Fund.

Fischer, 67, is in the second year of his second five-year term as the head of Israel's central bank. He announced his bid to lead the IMF over the weekend.

He is looking to fill the position vacated by Dominique Strauss-Kahn of France, who resigned after his arrest on May 14 on charges of attempted rape of a maid in a New York hotel.

Actor Russell Crowe Tweets On 'Barbaric' Bris, 'Funny Hats'

06/10/2011

Actor Russell Crowe apologized on Friday to anyone who was offended by his earlier remarks via Twitter about circumcision and later comments about Jews who like apples and honey and wear "funny hats."

"I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others," he said in a Twitter message on Friday. "I am very sorry." In another message he said "I have a deep and abiding love for all people of all nationalities ..."

State Department Condemns West Bank Mosque Torching

06/10/2011

 (JTA) -- The United States condemned the torching of a West Bank mosque.

"This attack is the latest of several such acts of violence against West Bank mosques. These incidents have served to undermine efforts to promote a comprehensive peace in the region. We call on the Israeli government to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and for calm from all parties," said Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department.

Jerusalem Planning Committee Approves Museum of Tolerance

06/10/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jerusalem municipal planning committee has approved plans for a scaled-back Museum of Tolerance in the center of Jerusalem.

The plan was approved more than two years after the project of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was withdrawn due to the slumping economy.

The plan is opposed by Muslim religious leaders, who say that the site if the project had served for centuries as a Muslim cemetery. They appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court, which granted the Wiesenthal Center permission to continue.

Democrats Launch Major Pro-Obama Pushback Among Jews

06/07/2011
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama is a stalwart friend of Israel.

That’s the message some top Democratic Jewish figures are promoting to push back against the notion that Obama is out of step with the pro-Israel and Jewish communities.

Cantor: Weiner Should Resign

06/07/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the U.S. House of Representatives majority leader, called on Congressman Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign.
Cantor's call Tuesday came a day after Weiner admitted to having innapropriate Internet relationships and lying about a lewd photo posted to his Twitter account.

"I don't condone his activity. And I think he should resign," Cantor said Tuesday after a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported.

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