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ADL Joins Letter To NFL Players Urging Redskins To Change Name

05/28/2014
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WASHINGTON — The Anti-Defamation League signed a letter initiated by Native American groups to NFL players urging them to speak out for changing the name of the Washington Redskins.

With Shul Scandal And School Closing, Conservative Jews Reeling In Sharon, Mass.

05/28/2014
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It’s been a rough few weeks for Conservative Jews in the Boston suburbs known as the South Area.

First, Rabbi Barry Starr, the longtime spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Sharon, resigned amid allegations that he used synagogue discretionary funds to pay about $480,000 in hush money to an extortionist to hide a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male.

NBA Takes Steps To Terminate Sterling’s Ownership Rights

05/21/2014
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The National Basketball Association filed paperwork to terminate Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling of all ownership rights in the franchise.

Historian Jonathan Sarna Hospitalized, In Critical Condition

05/21/2014
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Jonathan Sarna, a leading scholar of American Jewish history, is in critical condition at Yale New Haven Hospital.

U. Of Calif. Leaders Condemn Student Effort To Limit Israel Trips

05/20/2014
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LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The heads of UCLA and the University of California system criticized a student-led pledge that urged candidates for student government to refuse trips to Israel sponsored by certain pro-Israel groups.

Sterling To Fight NBA Life Ban, Fine

05/19/2014
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Donald Sterling reportedly is threatening to sue the NBA for his life ban for making racist remarks in a private conversation.
Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, wrote the NBA to say that Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, would not pay the $2.5 million fine imposed last month and that “no punishment is warranted” for his actions.

Obama Calls For Worldwide Fight Against Anti-Semitism

05/08/2014
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Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel.

Speaking Wednesday night to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Obama called for “confronting a rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world.

“We see attacks on Jews in the streets of major Western cities, public places marred by swastikas,” he continued. “From some foreign governments we hear the worst kind of anti-Semitic scapegoating.”

LGBT Inclusion, Ex-Orthodox Support Organizations Win Bikkurim’s First Grants

05/07/2014
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Bikkurim, a New York-based organization that has helped launch 29 Jewish start-ups since 2000, this week announced the awarding of its first pair of grants -- $100,000 each to Keshet and Footsteps.

Public Prayer Ruling ‘Could Have Been Far Worse’

Jewish orgs ‘disappointed’ with Supreme Court ruling but say its language warns against ‘exclusively Christian’ prayer.

05/06/2014
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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday that upholds the right of a town in Western New York to begin its public meetings with prayers that are usually Christian is a blow to Jewish or other non-Christian interests, but “could have been far worse,” said a legal expert who works for the American Jewish Committee.

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