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Minn. Rabbinical Group Opposes Ban On Same-Sex Marriages

02/08/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Members of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association have signed a statement opposing a state ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriages.

The group represents rabbis from 15 congregations in the state from the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements. No Orthodox rabbis signed the statement, which was adopted last month.

The statement said the rabbis were unanimous in opposing the amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot recognizing marriage only as a union between a man and a woman.

Larry Greenfield Tapped To Lead JINSA

02/08/2012 - 19:00

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- Larry Greenfield was named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington.

JINSA President David Ganz made the announcement Thursday.

Greenfield, 50, a native of the Los Angeles area, has worked in the fields of law, business, philanthropy, politics, Jewish organizational life and academe.

Young Palestinians Frustrated With Hamas And Fatah

The rival factions announce a new agreement, but the public is skeptical.
02/07/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — When the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, first signed a reconciliation agreement last May in Cairo, young political activists in Gaza went outside to celebrate.

But after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal announced on Monday a new agreement in Qatar on the formation of an interim government to prepare the first national elections in years, there was no such public rejoicing.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, left, with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Touting Obama’s Jewish Creds

The president really wants American Jews to like him. But he can’t seem to overcome the perception he’s anti-Israel.
02/06/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — President Barack Obama discredited the Goldstone Report critical of the way the Israeli military fought a war against Hamas in Gaza in December 2008.

President Obama at Yad Vashem in July 2008. A similar image is part of  a new video stressing his ties to Israel. getty images

Obama’s Florida Supporters

01/31/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — Amid the political drubbing of President Barack Obama in the Republican presidential candidates’ debates and in campaign television commercials here, the local Obama For America campaign headquarters opened in this Broward County city Saturday evening with balloons, pizzas and assorted desserts.

An Obama campaign worker at the newly opened headquarters in Boca Raton.

Gingrich ‘Baggage’ Loaded For Florida GOP Jews

Character questions key to many seniors as Romney romps.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Delray Beach, Fla. — In the heart of Jewish South Florida — Boca Raton — on the eve of the crucial Florida primary, Audrey Atlas was channeling Republican voters everywhere.

A former Democrat who admits she has become more conservative in recent years, Atlas, 70, is so fed up with President Barack Obama (“he’s too left wing”) that she switched her party affiliation in December in order to vote in Tuesday’s Republican-only primary.

Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich at recent debate. getty images

Arkansas Federation To Honor President Clinton

01/30/2012 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) – President Bill Clinton will receive the Tikkun Olam Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.

The federation made the announcement Monday and will bestow the honor at a Feb. 4 ceremony in Little Rock marking its 100th anniversary celebration dinner.

Arkansas Federation To Honor President Clinton

01/30/2012 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) – President Bill Clinton will receive the Tikkun Olam Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.

The federation made the announcement Monday and will bestow the honor at a Feb. 4 ceremony in Little Rock marking its 100th anniversary celebration dinner.

Synagogue Solicits Mel Gibson

01/29/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A California synagogue asked movie star Mel Gibson for a donation, suggesting it would remedy his reputation regarding Jews.

Alleged N.J. Synagogue Attacker Facing New Charges

01/29/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The 19-year-old man charged in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues allegedly planned to attack another nearby synagogue.

Anthony Graziano of Lodi, N.J., who has pleaded not guilty to the two attacks, allegedly hid Molotov cocktails and a bicycle in the woods near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus with plans for an attack on Jan. 7.

The Bergen County prosecutor on Jan. 27 added charges of aggravated arson and bias intimidation for the planned attack.

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