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Al-Qaida Cell Arrested In Plot To Attack U.S. Embassy In Tel Aviv

01/23/2014
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JERUSALEM — An al-Qaida cell suspected of planning several terror attacks in Israel, including on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, was arrested.

AJC Taking On The Chief Rabbinate

Plan is to form broad coalitions here and in Israel to limit clout of the rabbis’ monopoly.

01/22/2014
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As dissatisfaction with the Israeli Chief Rabbinate intensifies, the American Jewish Committee is heading up an unprecedented effort to form a broad coalition, here and in Israel, to limit, if not end, the rabbis’ authority.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate, meeting in 1959. Wikimedia Commons

UNESCO Shifts Course On Israel Exhibit, Sets Opening For June

01/22/2014
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UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, said it will delay for six months the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

Is Tide Turning In Beit Shemesh Religious Wars?

In fight against haredi mayor, emboldened Modern Orthodox women gearing up for key election.

01/22/2014
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They are the newest, and perhaps unlikeliest, foot soldiers in the bitter battle over religious pluralism in Israel. And when the small band of Modern Orthodox women in Beit Shemesh — the city that many consider ground zero in the ongoing war against religious extremism — ferreted out a case of massive voter fraud in last fall’s mayoral election, its tenacity paid big dividends for secular candidate Eli Cohen.

Phillips and her daughter with Miri Shalem, far left, and Brenda Granot. Joan Roth

Sharon, Up Close And Personal

The former U.S. ambassador to Israel remembers the many sides of the man who epitomized his country.

01/21/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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Ariel Sharon is now buried in the land he loved, next to his beloved wife Lily, on a hilltop overlooking the verdant fields of Havat Ha-shikmim, the ranch he retreated to as often as possible each week for the peace and quiet that eluded him in public life.  Having served as the American ambassador to Israel during almost all of Sharon’s tenure as prime minister, I had the privilege of being named to the U.S. delegation to his funeral, headed by Vice President Biden. It was a day for remembrance and, to some degree, closure for the millions of Israelis who mourned Sharon’s passing.

Daniel C Kurtzer

U.S. Presses UNESCO On Cancellation Of Jews In Israel Exhibit

01/20/2014
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”

RCA Reaches Agreement With Israeli Rabbinate Over Status Letters

01/17/2014
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The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will automatically accept "Jewish status letters" written by members of the Rabbinical Council of America, the organization announced on Friday.

Obama Officials To Jewish Groups: New Sanctions Are 'Dangerous'

01/16/2014
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WASHINGTON -- Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them “dangerous.”

House Spending Bill Includes Full $3.1 Billion For Israel

01/16/2014
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WASHINGTON  — Funding to Israel was restored to its pre-sequester levels in the spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rabbinate Reverses

Rabbinate acknowledges Avi Weiss' authority; Weiss insists they recognize all American Orthodox rabbis.

01/15/2014
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The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will accept letters confirming individuals’ Judaism from Avi Weiss, a New York liberal Orthodox rabbi, but that's not quite enough for Rabbi Weiss and his colleagues, according to a statement.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, here at a vigil for victims of a train derailment, has been challenged by the rabbinate. Getty Images
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