Briefs

French National Assembly Approves $60 Million Holocaust Reparations Fund

06/25/2015

The French National Assembly voted to approve the creation of a $60 million fund to compensate Holocaust victims transported to Nazi camps by the state railroad SNCF.

The fund, to be administered by the United States, would compensate foreign nationals and also protect France against lawsuits filed in the United States.

The lower house of the French Parliament approved the fund on Wednesday. The French conservative opposition abstained from the vote, according to Reuters.

'Hebrew Breaker' Asaf Goren Wows Judges On 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Goren's routine opened with shofar blasts and included leaps and twirls with a tallit.

06/24/2015
Editorial Intern

When 23-year-old, tallit-clad Asaf Goren blew a shofar in his audition for So You Think You Can Dance last week, no one knew what was happening. Except for Paula Abdul, that is.

“It’s called a shofar,” she informed fellow judges Nigel Lythgoe and Jason DeRulo, drawing on her Jewish roots. “It’s extremely difficult [to play].”

Asaf Goren's audition earned him a standing ovation from all 3 judges. Asaf Goren

House Launches Move To Condemn Academic Boycotts Against Israel

06/17/2015

Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution condemning academic boycotts against Israeli scholars and institutions on American campuses.

Palestinian Unity Government Resigns

06/17/2015

Jerusalem — The Palestinian unity government between Hamas and Fatah has resigned and the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister has been asked to form a new government.

Swiping Right On Peace In The Middle East

New dating app launched to pair Israelis with Palestinians.

05/28/2015
Blueprint Editor

“Two households, both alike in dignity … from ancient grudge break to new mutiny/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Verona dating app

To Get Out Of Jail, Florida Woman Signs Consent For Son’s Circumcision

05/27/2015

A Florida woman arrested for fleeing with her 4-year-old son to keep him from being circumcised signed a consent form for the procedure in order to get out of prison.

Whooping Cough Warning Issued In Brooklyn’s Orthodox Communities

05/27/2015

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a warning about an increase in cases of pertussis, or the “whooping cough,” in the Orthodox communities of Williamsburg and Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Jewish Teens Stabbed On Way To Western Wall

05/27/2015

Two Jewish teenagers were stabbed by an Arab assailant while walking to the Western Wall.

Netanyahu Confidant To Direct Foreign Ministry

05/27/2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Dore Gold to serve as director general of the Foreign Ministry.

Olmert Sentenced To Prison In Talansky Case

05/27/2015

 Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for accepting cash-filled envelopes from an American-Jewish businessman.

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