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Christian Clergy Split On Gaza War

While one coalition asks congress to end Israel aid, another defends the country in passionate press conference.

07/30/2014
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As diplomats in the Middle East worked to finalize a cease-fire proposal between Israel and Hamas, Christian clergy here joined Israeli Ambassador Ido Aharoni to denounce Hamas’ continued rocket attacks on Israel.

Major Rally For Israel At UN Urges Hamas Defeat

At odds with White House, Democratic officials say no cease-fire until tunnels destroyed.

07/30/2014
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Dolores Berkowsky of Livingston, N.J., held her cell phone above her head Monday, snapped a photo of the thousands of other pro-Israel supporters around her, and quickly e-mailed it.

Michael Miller, CEO of the JCRC, which co-sponsored the rally with UJA-Federation. Michael Datikash/JW

Breaking Bread As Gaza Looms

As Jewish-Muslim tensions rise in Brooklyn, two communities try dinner, and tolerance.

07/30/2014
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Within days of the June 12 abduction of the three Israeli yeshiva students, Nourhan Elbassiony’s Facebook feed began to change. By the time the boys’ bodies were discovered two weeks later and a Palestinian was burned alive in an apparent revenge attack, the Sheepshead Bay college student’s social media feed had become a battlefield of its own.

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“There are too many walls between people … between Jews, too,” said Charlie Ulri
Kilash Persad, left, and Nourhan Elbassiony, organized the dinner to battle nega
An impromptu singing of the Hebrew-Arabic peace song “Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu." Am
More than 200 Jews and Muslims gathered at the Kings Bay Y in Sheepshead Bay for
Dinner organizedrs Kilash Persad and Nourhan Elbassiony entertain the crowd at t
Jews and Muslims mostly sat apart, but despite the hesitancy to mingle, goodwill

Federation’s ‘Ace’ Giver Remembered

Remembering Alan ‘Ace’ Greenberg, ‘philanthropic giant,’ ‘role model’ and ‘mensch.’

07/29/2014
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For more than two recent decades, the top contributors to the UJA-Federation of New York’s annual campaign would gather one evening every fall at a handsome Upper East Side apartment for the drive’s kickoff. Alan “Ace” Greenberg and his wife Kathryn would stand at their door, welcoming guests to what came to be known as “the Greenberg event,” a combination cocktail party and fundraiser that every year raised tens of millions of dollars and set the tone for the next months of solicitations for the philanthropy.

Alan “Ace” Greenberg, a native of Oklahoma City who made his fortune here, was a generous contributor to UJA-Federation.

Writer Bel Kaufman Dies At 103

07/28/2014
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Writer Bel Kaufman,  granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, has died.

Three IDF Soldiers Killed In Gaza Home Explosion

07/24/2014
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Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Gaza house rigged with explosives.

Seven soldiers also were wounded in Wednesday’s explosion, which caused the house to cave in.

Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

Former charity CEO faces 16 months to 10 years in prison and a $3 million fine.

07/23/2014
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William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

William E. Rapfogel, left, with attorney Paul L. Shechtman when he pleaded guilty in April. Jefferson Siegel Pool Photo

Tethered To Nadine Gordimer

For a South African-born ex-pat novelist, the Nobel Prize-winner casts a long shadow.

07/23/2014
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It’s hard for me to imagine a world without Nadine Gordimer. With her death on July 13 at the age of 90, a towering moral presence has been lost. Though physically small in stature, she cast a long shadow — stern, fierce, endowed with an unflinching humanism. The depth and scope of her literary achievements coupled with her commitment to a more just society in South Africa earned her a Nobel Prize for literature in 1991, the first ever awarded to a South African.

Fault Lines Open As Civilian Deaths Mount

Jewish left voices concern over loss of life as polls show strong support for Israel.

07/23/2014
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The divisions in the Jewish community over the war in Gaza broke into the open this week as the number of Israeli soldiers killed reached 27 by Tuesday night and the number of Palestinian deaths neared 600.

Thousands of pro-Israel supporters rallied Sunday in Times Square. Getty Images

In Face of Israel Flight Bans, Aliyah Persists

War bride, toddler twins, and over 200 others land in Tel Aviv hours before rocket attack one mile away.

07/23/2014
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Ilana Barta, a 23-year-old from Teaneck, N.J., walked off the plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport Tuesday morning with her wedding dress in hand. Her fiancé, a 22-year-old from Efrat, is an officer in the Paratrooper unit currently on active duty in Gaza. Though she hasn’t heard from him since the ground operation began, their wedding is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Still arriving, despite the war in Gaza. Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh
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