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Ex-chief Rabbi Metzger Arrested For Allegedly Taking Bribes

11/20/2013
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Jerusalem  — Former Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested on suspicion of bribe taking and other offenses during his decade-long tenure.

Judge Reinstates Bearded Chasid In NYPD Academy

11/20/2013
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A chasidic Jew who was fired from the New York City police academy because he refused to trim his beard was ordered reinstated by a Manhattan federal judge who held that “de facto exemptions . . . abound” to the department’s beard rule.

ADL Will Resume Lobbying For Iran Sanctions

11/13/2013
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(JNS.org) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which previously said it would comply with the Obama Administration’s request of Jewish groups to halt their lobbying for new Iran sanctions while nuclear negotiations persist, changed its stance on the issue and called for additional sanctions.

Iraqi Jewish Artifacts Displayed In Washington

11/13/2013
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The National Archives opened to the public an exhibit of Iraqi Jewish artifacts it restored.

The exhibit displays 24 of thousands of items discovered by U.S. troops in 2003, after the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Acquitted Lieberman Returns As Israel’s Foreign Minister

11/13/2013
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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman returned to his post a week after being acquitted on a charge of fraud and breach of trust.

Avigdor Lieberman: Conduct was inappropriate, not illegal, court decided. Getty Images

Ex-Claims Conference Official Gets 8 Years In Prison

11/06/2013
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Semen Domnitser, ringleader of the $57.3 million fraud against the Claims Conference, was sentenced this week to eight years in prison, ordered to forfeit $59,230 and to pay restitution totaling $57.3 million.

Court Awards Local Deliveryman $900K For Anti-Semitism

10/30/2013
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 A New York restaurant deliveryman was awarded $900,000 for enduring 16 years of anti-Semitic harassment by three supervisors.

Report: At Least 18 Jewish Groups Reported ‘Diverted’ Funds

10/30/2013
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At least 18 Jewish non-profit groups and non-profit groups that support Israeli institutions have notified tax authorities of likely illegal “diversions” of funds in the past five years.

Lisa Kudrow Speaks Out On Jewishness, Anti-Semitism

'Friends' star discusses Holocaust, nose job and bias among college friends.

10/29/2013
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Actor Lisa Kudrow's relatives lost in the Holocaust, her own experiences with anti-Semitism, and her decision to get a nose job were among the topics she discussed in a lengthy interview with the Saturday Evening Post.

Kudrow is best known for her role on "Friends" as Phoebe Buffay, as well as comedic film roles such as "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" and her Internet series, "Web Therapy," recently seen on Showtime. But there was nothing funny about the hate she encountered as a student at Vassar College, she said in the interview.

"In college there was more anti-Semitism than before college," she explained, "Because there were people who never met a Jew before. A friend of mine, when she found out I was Jewish, said, 'Really? Oh, I don’t like Jews.'”

 

She mentioned taking Jewish history classes and learning Hebrew during her time at Vassar, as well as asking Elie Wiesel for his autograph. ("How do you get any bigger than that?").  

A nose for news: Lisa Kudrow says rhinoplasty changed her life. Getty Images

Iran ‘Two Weeks’ From Nuclear Weapon Capability

10/29/2013
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Iran’s nuclear development program is rapidly approaching the capability to build an atomic weapon, a former official of the International Atomic Energy Association said on Monday.

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