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Ephraim Mirivs To Become UK's Next Chief Rabbi

South-African born, he will succeed the long-serving Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the tenth to hold the office.

12/18/2012
Staff Writer

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will succeed Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as the United Kingdom’s next chief rabbi, the Chief Rabbinate Trust announced the evening of Dec. 17 in a statement on the Chief Rabbi’s website.

THe UK chief rabbi does much interfaith dialogue. Here, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI. Getty Images

EU Condemns Israeli Settlements

European Union calls on Israel to cancel construction, avoid 'undermining' Palestinian Authority's finances.

12/11/2012

The European Union called on Israel to cancel planned construction in West Bank settlements and “avoid any step undermining the financial situation of the Palestinian Authority.”

The European Union made the appeal in a document published Tuesday titled “Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process,” which came out of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels the previous day.

The European Union's headquarters in Brussels. Getty Images

India Executes Terrorist From 2008 Mumbai Attack

Hanged man participated in 3-day campaign that killed 166, including Chabad emissaries.

11/23/2012

The lone surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attack was hanged in the early hours of Nov 21. in an Indian prison, the Associated Press reported. 

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s execution was carried out after India’s President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for mercy.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Getty Images

Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Goes Into Effect

Netanyahu accepted Obama's recommendation to give cease-fire a chance to work.

11/23/2012

Minutes after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect,

Israeli reserve soldiers leave the Gaza border on Nov. 22. Getty Images

Obama: Missile Fire From Gaza Must Stop First

At press conference in Bangkok, Obama says Hamas responsible for intensification of violence.

11/19/2012

President Obama told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders that a resolution to the Gaza-Israel violence must begin with an end to rocket fire into Israel.

"If we’re serious about wanting to resolve this situation and create a genuine peace process, it starts with no more missiles being fired into Israel’s territory, and that then gives us the space to try to deal with these longstanding conflicts that exist," Obama said Sunday at a news conference in Bangkok, the first leg of his tour of Asian countries.

IDF Gaza Ground Campaign ‘On The Table,’ Says Spokeswoman

11/15/2012

Israel is preparing personnel other than its air force to respond to the growing threat of missile and rocket attacks from Gaza -- which have reached as far north as the outskirts of Jerusalem -- a top military spokeswoman said Thursday.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitch: "Hamas got loud and clear the message when we targeted the vehicle [Jabari] sat in."

At GA, Old Guard Frets Over New

Wiesel, Sharansky discuss historic Soviet Jewry rally; where has the sense of unity gone?

11/14/2012
Editor And Publisher

Baltimore — The Jewish federation movement, like much of the organized community, has put great emphasis in recent years on youth, trying many ways to attract that elusive segment of the community.

But the most dramatic session of this year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, held here this week, was a discussion between two men, one 84 and the other 64, about an event that took place almost 25 years ago.

Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky at the GA in Baltimore. David Karp

The Hurricane They Almost Named Israel

In 2001, Jewish groups battled UN over storm names Israel and Adolph.

11/09/2012

While Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on East Coast Jewish communities, another storm 11 years ago made serious political waves in the Jewish world.

It’s not unusual for Jewish organizations to clash with United Nations agencies over issues related to Israel. But in 2001, Jewish groups’ concern for Israel drew them into an unusual battle with the UN over the naming of a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Ivo, which would have been named Israel had it reached hurricane status. NASA

Netanyahu Among 13 Leaders Obama Calls Post-Election

11/09/2012

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.

"In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead," the White House said Thursday in a statement.

In his own statement, Netanyahu said he told Obama that his reelection was "a vote of confidence in your leadership."

Israel Becoming A Leader in Medical Marijuana Research

Health Ministry considering distribution of marijuana through pharmacies

11/06/2012

Aided by Israel’s strong reputation in science and medicine, the medical marijuana industry in Israel is to set to expand with official government support, the Associated Press reported.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since the early 1990s. Coaster420/Wikimedia Commons
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