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D.C. JCC Play Switched To Workshops After Pro-Israel Protests

10/15/2013
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In the face of opposition to plans to perform an Israeli playwright’s work exploring allegations of a 1948 Israeli massacre of Arabs, a Washington, D.C. theater backed by the federation there has revised its plans for the project, according to the Washington Jewish Week.

Jewish Vets Pan White House, Congress Over Shutdown

10/15/2013
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(JNS.org) The national director of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA as well as The Military Coalition, a coalition of 33 leading veterans and military organizations, said that the White House and Congress are financially neglecting veterans and members of the military through the ongoing government shutdown.

Biden Meets Israel’s Finance Minister

10/15/2013
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(JTA) -- Yair Lapid, the Israeli finance minister, met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials.

Man Pays 40 Years Of Late Fees On Holocaust Book

10/15/2013
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(JTA) -- A New York man returned a library book about the Holocaust to his hometown library in Massachusetts more than 40 years after checking it out.

YU Fires Professor With Abuse Record

10/15/2013
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(JTA) -- Yeshiva University terminated Akiva Roth, a recently hired teacher, after his past sexual misconduct came to light.
Roth, 42, who started as a Hebrew teacher this term at Yeshiva College, had pleaded guilty to four counts of abuse against boys he tutored for their bar mitzvahs in 1997. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

Lower East Side Deli Faces Eviction: Report

10/15/2013
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The last full-service kosher restaurant on the Lower East Side is facing eviction, according to thelodownny.com, a website that chronicles the rapidly changing downtown quarter, once the home of millions of Jewish immigrants.

Women Of The Wall Open To Kotel Deal

10/09/2013
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A women’s prayer group agreed in principle to pray in a new egalitarian space adjacent to the Western Wall Plaza, provided that the space meets several conditions regarding design and management.

Tel Aviv U Professor Shares Nobel

10/09/2013
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Francois Englert, a Belgian Jewish professor at Tel Aviv University and a Holocaust survivor, shared the Nobel Prize in physics.

Christie Pushes School Choice, Vouchers At OU Breakfast

10/09/2013
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(JTA) --  Orthodox voters should pressure candidates for the state Legislature and national office on the "foundational issue" of school choice in the run-up to the November elections, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at an Orthodox Union breakfast in Teaneck Sunday

Education was the primary focus of the legislative breakfast, which drew a crowd of 600 and lasted for two hours at Congregation Keter Torah.

Mayoral Candidates Note Passing Of Rabbi Yosef

10/09/2013
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Public Advocate and Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio released a statement Monday praising the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, who died after a long illness at 93.

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