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Letter Circulating Among House Dems Urges Postponement Of Netanyahu Speech

01/30/2015
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A letter urging Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to postpone a planned March 3 speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is circulating among Democrats.

Peeping Rabbi Won't Leave

Washington D.C. synagogue opens case against Rabbi Barry Freundel after he refuses to vacate synagogue-owned residence.

01/30/2015
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Rabbi Barry Freundel, accused of peeping at congregants attending the mikvah, is refusing to leave his synagogue-owned rabbinical residence, the Washington Post reports.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, former spiritual leader of Kesher Israel. Via Youtube.com

Joel Grey, Jewish Actor Best Known For ‘Cabaret’ Role, Comes Out At 82

01/29/2015
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It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay.

Democrats In Senate Delay Backing Sanctions Until March 24

01/28/2015
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Washington – Ten Senate Democrats told President Barack Obama they would not push for an Iran sanctions vote until after a midway deadline in Iran talks.

Autism Self-Advocate Cited For Inclusion Work

01/28/2015
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When Ari Ne’eman was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 12, his life changed.

Administrators at the Conservative Jewish day school that Ne’eman had attended for years said they were not comfortable serving an autistic student, so he ended up transferring to a “segregated special-ed school.”

Ari Ne’eman

Boston Jewish Day Schools Receive $11 Million Challenge Grant

01/27/2015
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Boston — Five Jewish day schools in Greater Boston will receive a total of $11.25 million in a challenge grant to support long-term tuition assistance for middle-class families.

Boehner’s Bibi Surprise

01/22/2015
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The invitation from Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio,) the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress appears to have been very personal, indeed – virtually no one outside the Boehner-Netanayhu circle had any idea it was coming until just before Boehner’s announcement this morning.

United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism Selling Its Real Estate

01/22/2015
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The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is selling its New York office.

The organization announced Wednesday that it signed a contract last month to sell its two-floor condo in midtown Manhattan for $15.9 million. Proceeds from the sale of the Second Avenue property will go toward paying down its debt, renting new office space and establishing a foundation to fund ongoing programs, United Synagogue said.

Bacon Is Kosher This Week

In New Hampshire, that is.

01/21/2015
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Its scent on a lottery ticket, that is – not the actual pig product.

Scratch, sniff, win. Via nhlottery.com

Amid Threats, Jewish Blogger Returns

Did Brandeis student Daniel Mael’s right-wing, pro-Israel politics play a role in backlash against him?

01/21/2015
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When Daniel Mael, a 22-year-old Brandeis senior, returned to campus for his final semester last week, he was advised by university police not to walk anywhere alone.

Daniel Mael defends his right to free speech. Courtesy of Daniel Mael
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