Nov. 30 Declared Buy Israeli Goods Day

11/22/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Pro-Israel groups are asking supporters to buy Israeli goods on Nov. 30 to counter a boycott on the same day.
In response to the planned boycott against Ricky’s, a New York store that carries West Bank-made Ahava products, StandWithUs and the America-Israel Chambers of Commerce have declared Nov. 30 to be Buy Israeli Goods day. The two organizations are urging members of synagogues, schools, colleges and community groups to go to local stores and request Israeli-made products, particularly those targeted by boycotters.

Susan Sher To Leave White House

11/15/2010 - 19:00



(JTA) — First Lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff Susan Sher, who has served as an administration liaison to the Jewish community, will leave the White House.

Sher has plans to return to Chicago early next year, and no successor has been named, according to Politico.

“Susan has brought tremendous skill and dedication to the First Lady’s office, as well as my Administration’s outreach to the Jewish Community and our efforts to pass health care reform, and I thank her for her service,” President Obama said.

Holocaust Museums Study Ways To Counter Genocide

11/15/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — An international symposium in Paris looked at ways to improve often sluggish international cooperation on genocide prevention.

Senior international human rights officials gathered Monday and Tuesday at the French Memorial de la Shoah in an event that was convened also with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Samantha Power, senior director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the U.S. National Security Council, said she and other U.S. officials traveled to Paris to help streamline proactive, multilateral responses to the threat of genocide.

Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

Fight Erupts Between Jewish Voice For Peace, Standwithus

11/15/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — A dispute between right-wing and left-wing Israel activists in Berkeley, Calif., resulted in a physical altercation involving pepper spray, police and paramedics.

Chilean Miners Won’t Visit Israel Without Families Israel Trip

11/08/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — The rescued Chilean miners have accepted Israel's invitation to visit on an all-expense-paid trip -- if their families can join them.
The 33 miners want to be accompanied on the trip by 70 of their family members, including children, grandchildren and mothers. One of the miners has asked to bring his mistress as well as his wife, according to reports.

Martin Kraar, Former CJF and Weizmann Institute Head, Dies At 69

11/08/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Martin Kraar, who was instrumental in helping the Council of Jewish Federations merge with the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal, has died.
Kraar, of Atlanta, died Monday at the age of 69.
As executive vice president, he led the CJF for 10 years until 1998. The CJF merger with UJA and UIA formed what ultimately has become the Jewish Federations of North America.

Berenson Released From Peruvian Prison

11/08/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — Lori Berenson, whose imprisonment in Peru became a cause celebre, was released on parole from a Peruvian prison for a second time.

Berenson, 40, a Jewish New Yorker, left the prison in Lima on Monday after a court granted her parole. She had served 15 years of a 20-year sentence for aiding leftist rebels in a plot to overthrow Peru's Congress.

Berenson had been released on parole in May, but was ordered to return to prison in August because police failed to confirm the address in Lima where she would serve out the remainder of her sentence.

Ban Expresses 'Concern' Over Jerusalem Building

11/08/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is concerned over Israel's plans to build hundreds of housing units in eastern Jerusalem.

Ban and Netanyahu met Monday night in New York. The leaders also spoke about efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the decision by a United Nations body to refer to Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as mosques.

PA's Fayyad shuns ban, attends Jerusalem dedication

11/01/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attended dedication ceremonies for a school in eastern Jerusalem, despite an Israeli ban.

Fayyad attended the dedication Tuesday of a school in the Dahiyat al-Barid neighborhood, which is located on the Palestinian side of the security fence. He skipped ceremonies to inaugurate a road in Shuafat and a visit to a school in Sheik Jarrah.

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