Briefs

Florida synagogue sets world record for largest tallit

04/01/2015

 A synagogue in Boca Raton, Fla., has set a world record for the largest prayer shawl.

The Guinness Book of World Records certified a special tallit made for the Boca Raton Synagogue, a modern Orthodox congregation, for its yearly Simchat Torah service. The new category was certified earlier this month, the Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

GW student gov’t addresses swastika incidents with request for added security

04/01/2015

 In the aftermath of swastikas found in a residence hall, the student senate at George Washington University asked the university to install more security cameras in dorms.

Members of Israel’s 20th Knesset sworn in

04/01/2015

A record 28 women and 39 first-time lawmakers were among the 120 members of Israel’s 20th Knesset sworn in.

Dermer: Israel Must Speak Up On Iran Threat

04/01/2015

 Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, said Israel should never be afraid to speak up on issues such as the Iranian threat to the Jewish state.

Plans For 2,200 homes In Jerusalem Arab Neighborhood Gain Preliminary Approval

04/01/2015

An Interior Ministry committee in Israel approved preliminary plans for the construction of 2,200 housing units in an Arab neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

The plans approved on Monday by the District Planning and Building Committee also will retroactively approve 300 illegal Arab homes in the same Jabel Mukaber neighborhood.

Right-wing activists had made several attempts to cancel the plan, Ynet reported.

It could take years for building permits to be issued, according to The Jerusalem Post.

War Crimes Complaint Filed Against Hamas In U.S.

04/01/2015

A Tel Aviv-based NGO filed a war crimes complaint in the United States against Hamas leaders over the group’s firing of rockets at Ben-Gurion Airport last summer.

Iran Talks Deadline Extended A day

04/01/2015

The negotiations in Switzerland over a framework deal with Tehran are being extended by a day.

Tweets By ‘Daily Show’ Pick Concern ADL, B’nai B’rith

04/01/2015

Two Jewish groups expressed their concerns over past social media posts by Trevor Noah, the choice to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.”

Tweets By ‘Daily Show’ Pick Trevor Noah Concern ADL, B’nai B’rith

03/31/2015

Two Jewish groups expressed their concerns over past social media posts by Trevor Noah, the choice to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.”

Trevor Noah. Via cc.com

Rising Anti-Semitism Challenges Sweden’s Proud And Tolerant Self-Image

03/04/2015

When a militant extremist stormed into a kosher supermarket in Paris shortly after cartoonists were massacred at the Charlie Hebdo publication, Swedish media described it as a hostage situation at a food store.

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