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Jewish Teens Sprayed With Tear Gas In Paris Suburb

06/11/2014
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Two Jewish teenagers reported that they were sprayed with tear gas in an attack in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of Paris.

The teens, who were wearing kipas, said they were attacked on Saturday night, according to a report posted Monday on the website of the National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.

Knesset Increases Benefits For Holocaust Survivors

06/11/2014
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 The Knesset voted to increase benefits for Israel’s Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in poverty.

The bill passed Monday will add $290 million a year to the allocations for survivor benefits, increase the monthly stipend received by Holocaust survivors and streamline the bureaucracy for government programs.

Reform Rabbis Join Suit Fighting N.C.’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

06/11/2014
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 The Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis joined a lawsuit against North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages.

Likud’s Reuven Rivlin Is Elected President Of Israel

06/11/2014
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Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres.

Eitan Green, Schechter Alum, Among Dead On Mount Rainier

06/05/2014
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Eitan Green, a Solomon Schechter day school alumnus from Needham, Mass., was among six hikers killed on Mount Rainier.

Ohio Dedicates Holocaust Memorial In Columbus

06/05/2014
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The state of Ohio dedicated a Holocaust memorial on the Statehouse grounds in Columbus.

The Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial was dedicated Monday at a ceremony that drew 1,500 people, including Holocaust survivors and former U.S. soldiers. The 18-foot-high memorial, which resembles a shattered Star of David, was designed by the prominent Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind, the son of Holocaust survivors.

In First, Israeli Middle Schools To Teach Evolution

06/05/2014
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Israeli middle schools for the first time will teach evolution as part of the core curriculum.

The theory will be taught to seventh- through ninth-grade students in secular state schools, state-religious schools and Arab schools beginning with the new school year, the Education Ministry announced Sunday.

Two Suspects Arrested In Beating Of Jewish Man In Paris Suburb

06/05/2014
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Police arrested two men in the severe beating of a Jewish man in Creteil, a Paris suburb.

It was the second anti-Semitic attack there in the last week, a local Jewish watchdog group said.

Cruz in Israel blames Palestinians for failed peace talks

05/28/2014
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Israel said the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state caused the latest round of peace negotiations to fail.

Ukraine’s Jewish Leaders Celebrate Electoral Defeat Of Far Right

05/28/2014
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Jewish leaders in Ukraine expressed satisfaction with the poor showing of ultranationalist candidates in the country’s presidential elections and the victory by oligarch Viktor Poroshenko.

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