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Jewish Communities On High Terror Alert

10/29/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. law enforcement has warned Jewish institutions to be on the lookout for packages mailed from overseas after suspicous packages were intercepted abroad incoming cargo aircraft.

President Barack Obama announded late Friday that "a credible threat against our country" was found in form of explosive materials on flights that landed in Philadelphia from Paris and Cologne, Germany as well as one that laned in Newark. A third jet was diverted to New York on suspicion of carrying dangerous packages.

Rubashkin Loses Bid for New Trial

10/28/2010

(JTA) -- A federal judge denied a motion for a new trial for former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade on Wednesday rejected a motion that accused her of a conflict of interest in Rubashkin's case. The defense for Rubashkin, a vice president with the kosher meatpacking firm in Iowa, claimed Reade should have recused herself.

Plenty of Jews On Board With California’s Bid to Legalize Marijuana

10/27/2010
JTA

OAKLAND, Calif. (JTA) -- Ed Rosenthal has been working to legalize marijuana in California since he moved to the state in 1972.

Vindication may finally be at hand for the Bronx-born former yippie.

On Nov. 2, California voters will consider Proposition 19, a ballot initiative to legalize the cultivation and possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, and empower local governments to regulate and tax its sale.

Cantor Could Help GOP Take the House, But Can He Win Over the Jews?

10/27/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Eric Cantor has spent a lifetime relishing in wearing the other hat.

Among Jews, the Republican congressional whip from Richmond, Va., likes to play the genteel Southern conservative, the posture that won over his wife, a socially liberal banker from New York.

Among southerners, he’s the nice Jewish boy who belongs to an Orthodox synagogue and graduated from Columbia Law School, but who has an easy familiarity with NASCAR, country music and evangelical beliefs.

New Nat’l Museum Trumpets Freedom, Hints At Its Costs

As $150 million American Jewish History museum in Philadelphia nears opening, a look at the double-edged story it’s telling.
10/27/2010
Staff Writer

Philadelphia — He was a prominent city official in Richmond two centuries ago, but he is a minor figure in American history. Solomon Jacobs, in a portrait that well displays his serious mien and full sideburns, makes a silent statement here about the lives that American Jews once led and still do.

Five-story museum building is on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, near landmark sites of Revolutionary War. Jeffrey Holder

GOP Gains May Cloud Mideast Picture

Republican wins could produce domestic gridlock, uncertainty for Obama peace plans.
10/27/2010
Washington Correspondent

 A big Republican victory on Nov. 2 could bring the Obama administration’s troubled domestic agenda to a dead stop — but it is unlikely to do the same for its faltering Middle East peace efforts, which some Israelis argue favor the Palestinians.

In fact, it could have the opposite result, said Kenneth Wald, a University of Florida political scientist and director of the school’s Center for Jewish Studies.

Will President Obama turn his focus to foreign policy with Republicans poised to pick up many seats in Congress? Getty Images

Lowey Blasts Cantor on Israel Aid Proposal

10/26/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The top foreign operations appropriator in the U.S. House of Representatives slammed a GOP proposal to vote separately on aid to Israel and foreign aid.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who chairs the foreign operations subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, termed "outrageous" the proposal by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the minority whip.

'Fiddler’ Author Joseph Stein Dies

10/26/2010

(JTA) -- Joseph Stein, who won a Tony Award for writing "Fiddler on the Roof," has died.

Stein died Sunday in Manhattan after fracturing his skull in a fall. He was 98.

Stein was the author of more than a dozen Broadway musicals, but is most well known for Fiddler, which won nine Tony Awards in 1965, including Stein's Best Author of a Musical.

Polling Place at Messianic Building Changed After Complaints by Orthodox Jewish Voters

10/26/2010

(JTA) -- A polling place at a messianic Christian center in New York was changed after Orthodox Jewish voters protested.

Jewish voters complained to the Board of Elections after the Life in Messiah evangelical group's building was announced as a polling place for four election districts from Midwood in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News. The voters said their strict adherence to Jewish law would not allow them to enter the building.
The group requested after the outcry that its building not be used.

Eric Cantor: Take Israel Out of Foreign Aid

10/25/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A Republican Congress would seek to remove funding for Israel from the foreign operations budget, a GOP leader said.

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican whip and the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, told JTA that a GOP-led House would seek to defund nations that do not share U.S. interests, even if it meant rejecting the president's foreign operations budget.

Cantor, of Virginia, said he wants to protect funding for Israel should that situation arise.

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