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Ramadan Adds An Off-Field Challenge For World Cup’s Muslim Athletes

07/01/2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) As the World Cup reaches the quarter finals this Saturday (June 28), a number of Muslim players whose teams have made it through the tough group matches will be facing a bigger challenge off the field than on it.The holy month of Ramadan coincides for the first time since 1986 with the soccer tournament. The 30-day period of fasting and prayer, which requires dawn to dusk abstinence from food, drink and sex, begins Saturday and is expected to end July 28.

N.Y. Rabbi Refuses Apology From Man Who Bleached Him

06/25/2014
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Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, an activist against chasidic child sex abusers, refused to accept an apology from the man who threw bleach in his face.

Britain’s Hotspurs Backers Can Use ‘Yid’ Without Fear Of Arrest

06/25/2014
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 Fans of the British soccer team Tottenham Hotspurs who use the term “yid” will not be arrested, British police said.

Constable Steve Payne of London’s Metropolitan Police told a meeting of team fans last week that using the word is no longer an arrestable offense, but that fans could still be charged if accused of using the term in a pejorative way, the London-based Jewish Chronicle reported.

Syracuse Doctor Who Chaired Federation Campaign Charged In Wife’s Murder

06/25/2014
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A prominent physician active in the Syracuse, N.Y., Jewish community was indicted in the September 2012 murder of his wife.

House Increases Funding For Israel’s Missile Defense

06/25/2014
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The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems.

Included in the House’s Defense Appropriations Bill approved last week is $351 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which is $175 million more than was requested in President Obama’s 2015 budget and $131 million more than funding in the 2014 fiscal year.

Presbyterian Church Committee Advances Divestment Resolution

06/18/2014
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A committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA) passed a resolution endorsing divestment from three U.S. companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.”

Assault Victim Sues Alleged Chasidic Attackers, Security Patrol

06/18/2014
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A gay black man who says he was beaten by a group of chasidic men in Brooklyn sued five of his alleged assailants and a local Jewish volunteer security patrol.

Ex-Met Council CFO Sentenced To Prison In Scam

06/18/2014
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 The former chief financial officer of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty was sentenced to four months in prison for his role in a $9 million kickback scheme.

Interim Step Forward For Hamptons Eruv

06/18/2014
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A favorable ruling on one aspect of the ongoing legal effort to build an eruv in Long Island’s Hamptons was made this week.

Calif. High-Schooler Admits To Planting Anti-Semitic Slur In Yearbook

06/11/2014
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A Silicon Valley student admitted that he intentionally slipped an anti-Semitic slur into his high school’s yearbook.

The student at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif., a member of the yearbook staff, altered the name of an Israeli Jewish classmate in a team photo caption so the last three letters spelled “jew,” according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Jewish student comes from a family of Holocaust survivors.

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