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In Colorado Primary, Two Jewish Democrats Square Off on Special Interests

07/13/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet, each vying for the Democratic nomination for Colorado's junior spot in the U.S. Senate, seem to be running identical campaigns with identical biographies: Jewish scions of East Coast public service families, Yale educated, drawn to the Centennial State as ambitious young politicos.

They say they stand for the same thing: Government reformers running in an anti-incumbent year pledging to bash the big bucks bad guys.

Presbyterians Approve Softer Middle East Report, Reject Divestment

07/09/2010

The Presbyterian Church (USA) severely modified a report by its Middle East Study Committee widely seen as anti-Israel, rejected calls for divestment from Israel and gave a conditional okay to Israel's Gaza blockade.

But the report approved by a 558-119 vote at the Church's General Assembly in Minneapolis also called for linking U.S. aid to Israel to an end of settlement expansion.

Jewish Groups Oppose Holocaust Insurance Bill in Congress

07/09/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Six Jewish organizations signed a letter calling on the U.S. Congress not to advance a bill that would reopen the Holocaust insurance assessment process.

The American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B'rith International, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the World Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Restitution Organization condemned the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2010 in a recent letter to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

GW Law School Dean To Lead Brandeis

07/09/2010
Staff Writer

Frederick M. Lawrence, a veteran civil rights lawyer who has served the last five years as dean of the George Washington University Law School, was this week named president of Brandeis University.

Lawrence, 54, will succeed President Jehuda Reinharz, who is joining the Mandel Foundation, an international philanthropy.

Lawrence on Jan. 1, 2011 will become the eight president of Brandeis University, a non-sectarian Jewish institution in Waltham, Mass., with a student body of 5,300.

FBI Expands Probe Of Fraud At Holocaust Claims Conference

Pension fund for survivors bilked for more than $7 million, on top of Hardship Fund scheme.

07/07/2010
Staff Writer

 The thieves were good — very good.

So good, in fact, that they were able to change crucial data on official documents for more than a decade without raising the attention of experts at the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and even the German government.

Claims Conference’s Greg Schneider: “Organized, complicated fraud” against group.

NYT: U.S. Tax-exempt Donations Supoprt Settlements

07/06/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Tax-exempt donations from the United States have helped Jews to strengthen West Bank settlements, preventing the creation of a Palestinian State, the New York Times reported.

As the U.S. government works to bring about an end to Jewish settlements and build a Palestinian state in the West Bank. U.S. Treasury tax breaks have provided $200 million in tax-free funding to the settlements from American donors, the lengthy report published Tuesday in the New York Times reported.

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Expands Probe In Fraud At Holocaust Claims Conference

07/05/2010
Staff Writer

(POSTED MONDAY, JULY 5, 1:30 p.m.)  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has widened its probe into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust-era claims that could have bilked the German government out of millions of dollars, The Jewish Week has learned.

U.S. Pledges $15 Million to Auschwitz Preservation

07/04/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States pledged $15 million to preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, announced the five-year pledge Saturday during a visit to Poland.

The pledge, subject to congressional approval, "illustrates the significance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau site, helps commemorate the 1.1 million victims who perished there, and demonstrates America’s commitment to Holocaust education, remembrance, and research," a State Department statement said.

Rubashkin Appeals Federal Conviction, Sentence

07/04/2010

(JTA) -- Attorneys for kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin filed an appeal of his conviction on federal financial fraud charges and long prison sentence.

The appeal was filed Friday in the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Rubashkin was convicted last November on 86 counts of fraud in connection with the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa. He was sentenced last month to 27 years in a federal prison

Obama, Netanyahu to Focus on Move to Direct Talks

07/02/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Proximity talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have addressed "core issues" and President Obama is ready to move to direct talks, White House officials said.

Ben Rhodes and Daniel Shapiro, two senior staffers on the White House national security council, spoke Friday afternoon with reporters ahead of a summit Tuesday between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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