Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to address the Jewish federations' annual General Assembly.
"The Prime Minister hoped to go to the GA, but unfortunately he will have to be in Israel during that week," the Jewish Federations of North America said in a statement Monday, less than two weeks before this year's GA launches in Denver. "The Prime Minister and his staff made considerable efforts to adjust his scheduling to allow for a visit to the GA, but in the end this turned out to be impossible."
Conservative movement rabbis thanked envoys from countries that helped Israel douse forest fires, including some that now have difficult relations with the Jewish state.
Washington-area rabbis Stuart Weinblatt, who directs Israel policy for the Rabbinical Assembly, the rabbinical arm of the Conservative movement, and Jack Moline, who directs the group's public policy, met in recent weeks with envoys from all 16 of the countries that assisted Israel during this summer's devastating fires, as well as with the Palestine Liberation Organization envoy.
Former "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander met with a Knesset caucus to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Alexander is in Israel as part of a high-profile delegation of international business leaders and philanthropists under the auspices of OneVoice, an international grass-roots movement working to promote the two-state solution.
Susan Cohen, whose daughter, Theadora, was killed in the Pam Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, said this weekend she was grateful to the people of Libya for rising up to depose Mouammar Kadafy, who she called “a terrorist and a monster.”
The tyrant, who held power for since 1969, was killed by rebels near his home city of Suft after he tried to escape in a convoy that was stopped by NATO aircraft.
Chris Christie said he will travel to Israel as part of his first official overseas trip as New Jersey governor.
Christie made the announcement Monday after meeting with Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, The Star-Ledger reported.
“We look forward to continuing to strengthen our ties,” Christie said. “There’s a great, great, great long-term connection between New Jersey and Israel, and I intend to make that as strong as I can along with the ambassador and other important folks in the Israeli government.”
A lawyer for the man who confessed to killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky said the confession was coerced and his client is insane.
Howard Greenberg, an attorney for Levi Aron, said during a hearing Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn that he will prove that Aron is not guilty by reason of insanity in the July murder.
Aron appeared in court through a video conference. He reportedly did not move or say a word during the hearing, according to the New York Post.
Most agunot are younger woman with children who are trying to leave a first marriage, according to a new study.
The findings, which identified 462 instances of women refused a Jewish divorce, or get, over a five-year period, suggest that there has been an increase in such cases, while the rate of case resolution has been on the decline. These “chained women” have little money and are not aware of the resources available to them.