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Newtown Synagogue Bracing For Anniversary

In year since tragedy, town’s houses of worship have become focal points for healing; Yizkor service planned.

12/04/2013
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Newtown, Conn. — The library walls of Congregation Adath Israel, this community’s only synagogue, are lined with messages of comfort sent by congregants of synagogues in Wellesley, Mass., and Columbus, Ohio.

Emotional notes left by children are part of a memorial wall set up at Adath Israel in Newtown. Stewart Ain

ADL Raps Kanye West For 'Classic Anti-Semitism'

12/02/2013
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The Anti-Defamation League denounced recent comments by hip-hop star Kanye West as "classic anti-Semitism."

In a radio interview, West defended President Obama’s difficulty in passing his policies, saying “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”

West made the comments on New York City’s 105.1 FM. The interview reportedly escaped notice until the Israeli daily Haaretz reported on it on Friday.

"There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government," said ADL national director Abraham Foxman in a statement.  "As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better.  We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”

Kanye West, seen here at an Apple press event in September, once said people treated him like Hitler. Getty Images

Obama Notes 'Thanksgivukah' In Holiday Greeting

11/28/2013
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In his annual statement for Chanukah, President Obama pointed out how rare it is to have the holiday and Thanksgiving fall together.

D.C. Community To Mark Alan Gross’ 4 Years In Cuban Jail

11/27/2013
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WASHINGTON — Alan Gross’ wife and Washington’s Jewish community will call on President Obama to make a priority of securing his release from a Cuban jail on the fourth anniversary of his imprisonment.

Albert Chernin, Jewish Policy Leader, Dies At 85

11/26/2013
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Albert Chernin, a Jewish organizational pioneer who was Executive Vice Chairman Emeritus of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs died Monday in his sleep, reported his daughter, Anne Chernin. He was 85.

 Chernin led the organization, which was then known as the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council from 1975 to 1990 and was previously head of Jewish Community Relations Councils in Indianapolis and then Philadelphia.

Schechter Schools Considering Embracing Patrilineal Descent

11/25/2013
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Synagogues aren’t the only institutions in the Conservative movement changing their policies to become more welcoming to non-Jews and interfaith families.

Another Spin On Thanksgivukkah

11/21/2013
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Had enough of Thanksgivukkah, the fictional – once in a lifetime – holiday that marks the overlap of Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah?

D.C. Rally Protests Merger Of Funeral Homes

11/21/2013
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Some 50 protestors, fearing that a proposed merger between the two largest funeral homes in the country may make affordable Jewish burials less likely, rallied on Tuesday outside the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington.

Brandeis Suspends Ties With Palestinian University

11/20/2013
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Waltham, Mass. -- Brandeis University has suspended its partnership with the West Bank’s Al-Quds University in light of recent events at the Palestinian school, including a Nazi-style demonstration on its main campus in Jerusalem.

Most U.S. Jewish Groups Wary Of Iran Deal

Organizations praise president for taking on issue, but say more sanctions are needed.

11/19/2013
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Most Jewish groups here are siding with Israel as it warns against a possible deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program in return for the easing of sanctions, but they are also at pains to applaud the Obama administration for tackling the issue.

Jewish groups are walking a tightrope when it comes to President Obama’s diplomacy with Iran. Getty Images
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