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Israeli Producers Stopped By NYPD

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(JTA) — Producers of an Israeli dance show said they were detained as a potential threat while taping in New York. Yoav Tzafir and Tzivka Hadar, who produce the televised contest “Born to Dance,” said Sunday that while preparing to tape in New York last week they found themselves in New Jersey and decided to tape the ride back. But their cameras got the attention of undercover police.

Record $75 Million Gift To Hadassah

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In one of the largest donations to a Jewish institution, William and Karen Davidson on behalf of Guardian Industries Corp. in Michigan contributed $75 million to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem for the construction of a new inpatient tower. In announcing the gift, William Davidson of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., said in a statement that his family’s connection to Hadassah stretches back to 1917 when the organization’s founder, Henrietta Szold, spent a week in his family’s home.

World ORT Flexes Muscle

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Displaying a new independence after losing its Israeli affiliate, World ORT has suddenly tripled the amount of money it is giving to Israeli students — bypassing ORT Israel’s highly respected network of private schools that broke away last fall. World ORT announced this week that it plans to send nearly $9 million to Israeli public schools in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education. It is to be used to improve science and technology education in Israel, which the organization said it considers the basic foundation of the Israeli school system.

Cancer Mutation Not Just In Jews

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For years it has been conventional wisdom that Ashkenazi women alone have an increased risk for certain forms of breast cancer. But a new study is challenging that claim of genetic researchers. The study, published in this month's issue of The American Journal of Public Health, found that although three recognized breast cancer mutations are present in 2 to 3 percent of Ashkenazi Jewish women, the mutations are not unique to Ashkenazi Jewish women.

Lubavitch Laptops

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They may be in Thessaloniki or in the foothills of the Himalayas, but emissaries-to-be in the Rebbe’s Army — as befits the high tech-savvy Chabad movement — are online all the while.

Rabbi Avi Shlomo talks with a local Jew on the Greek island of Rhodes.

The Other Wiesel

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When her husband was notified in the fall of 1986 that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, and about $400,000 that went along with it, Marion Wiesel suggested they buy a sailboat. “I love sailing,” she said with a smile during a recent interview. But the couple quickly decided to use the funds for more charitable purposes, establishing the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Israeli Bet Din Takes Up Rabbi Weinberg Case

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A religious court in Jerusalem has taken up the case of sex abuse charges leveled at Rabbi Matis Weinberg, the noted Torah scholar, author and lecturer accused of making advances toward former yeshiva students, The Jewish Week has learned. The bet din is affiliated with the Badatz Eida Haredi, a well-known religious court in the fervently Orthodox sector of the community.

Steinhardt Pledges $10 Million

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Jerusalem — Calling Jewish education the most important means of assuring the survival of American Jewry, philanthropist Michael Steinhardt challenged the Jewish establishment in North America and Israel to launch a Fund for the Jewish Future. He pledged to give $10 million, provided the sum would comprise no more than 10 percent of the total allocation.

Rabbinical School On The Map

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Rabbi Avi Weiss would like to transform American Orthodoxy into a more open and tolerant movement. And that’s just for starters.

Fire Ravages L.I. Reconstructionist Shul

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An electrical fire raced through a wing of the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in Plandome, L.I., Monday, forcing the evacuation of 75 nursery school children and about 20 teachers and staff. There were no injuries. Sylvia Jacobs, the synagogue's executive director, said the blaze was discovered shortly before 11 a.m. in a wall leading to the basement. It destroyed a men's room, hall carpeting and a portion of the roof before firemen from six departments extinguished it.
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