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Obama Nominates Saperstein As Religious Freedom Ambassador

07/28/2014
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President Obama announced today that he will nominate Rabbi David Saperstein, longtime director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, as the State Department’s Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

Florida State U. Prof Dan Markel Slain In Home Shooting

07/21/2014
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Dan Markel, a law professor at Florida State University, died after being shot in his home.

Leaflets Threaten Chicago Jews Over Israel In Gaza

07/21/2014
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Leaflets threatening the Jewish community because of Israel’s Gaza operation were found on parked cars in a Chicago neighborhood.

Americans View Jews, Christians Warmly; Atheists, Muslims Get Cold Shoulder

07/16/2014
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WASHINGTON We like ourselves!

A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers.

Nadine Gordimer, Chronicler Of South Africa, Dies At 90

07/15/2014
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 Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize-winning South African chronicler of apartheid and its aftermath, has died.

Gordimer, 90, died Sunday at home in Johannesburg, a statement from her family said, according to the New York Times.

Shin Bet Releases Details Of Murder Of Palestinian Teen

07/15/2014
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 Israel’s Shin Bet security service released the details of the murder of Palestinian teen  Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Three suspects, one age 30 and the other two minor, from Jerusalem and its environs, have confessed to the murder, according to the Shin Bet, which released a report on the investigation on Monday. The suspects are all part of the same extended family.

Gaza Conflict Disrupts Airplane Travel — In Florida

07/15/2014
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A Jewish woman was ejected from a JetBlue flight after arguing about the Israel-Hamas conflict with a Palestinian passenger.

Couple Arrested For Threats On Hamptons Synagogue

07/15/2014
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A divorced couple from Long Island was arrested for allegedly sending threatening emails to a synagogue in the Hamptons.

Interfaith Leaders Launch Daylong Unity Fast For Mideast Peace

07/15/2014
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While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace.

Cease-Fire Fails

Israel resumes military operations in Gaza after more than 40 rockets shot from Strip.

07/15/2014
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Jerusalem — Israel’s military resumed operations against Hamas in Gaza, six hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal, following rocket attacks from the strip.

A woman inspects damage after a Hamas rocket hit her front yard in Ashdod. Getty Images
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