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Israeli government rescinds pluralistic Western Wall agreement

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 17: People pray at the Western Wall in the Old City on January 17, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. 70 countries attended the recent Paris Peace Summit and called on Israel and Palestinians to resume negotiations that would lead to a two-state solution, however the recent proposal by U.S President-elect Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and last month's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank have contributed to continued uncertainty across the region. The ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years and is home to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound or for Jews The Temple Mount, continues to be a focus as both Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has continued since 1947 when Resolution 181 was passed by the United Nations, dividing Palestinian territories into Jewish and Arab states. The Israeli settlement program has continued to cause tension as new settlements continue to encroach on land within the Palestinian territories. The remaining Palestinian territory is made up of the West Bank and the Gaza strip.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet has rescinded a government decision to create an official egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

The decision announced on Sunday comes after the haredi Orthdox United Torah Judaism party and the Sephardi Orthodox Shas party, both members of the current...
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SLT’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ a surefire hit

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By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

For those who truly love classic Broadway theatre, there are few shows that pack as much firepower as Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.” It was a tour de force for Ethel Merman, perhaps the greatest belter known on the Great White...
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Snadowsky to moderate FestiTalks™

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For the second year in a row, Leslie Snadowsky, the multi-media news editor for Biz New Orleans, will be moderating a panel of women leaders from various fields called FestiTalks™ as part of the weekend’s FestiGals series of events, which began yesterday, Thursday, June 22.

“We kinda describe it as...
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After London mosque attack, Jewish groups express solidarity with Muslims

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LONDON (JNS.org) — Several British Jewish groups expressed solidarity with the U.K.’s Muslim community following an attack outside London’s Finsbury Park Mosque Monday, where a van plowed into a crowd of Muslim worshipers as they left prayer services just after midnight.

One man was killed and 10 were wounded in...
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UPDATE: Scalise remains in critical condition following shooting

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From CCJN STAFF and JTA Reports

WASHINGTON — Louisiana 1st District Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise,  remains in critical condition, but according to his hospital, is showing signs of improvement. Scalise, the third-ranked Republican in the U. S. House of Representatives was shot Wednesday morning in Alexandria, VA....
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Waffles on Maple opens second location in Metairie

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It may have seemed an unlikely time to open a new restaurant, but the second location of Waffles on Maple quietly opened for business just prior to Passover. Holding kosher certification meant that no sooner had it opened, then it was time to close in observance of the eight-day Passover...
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Six must-read articles about the Six-Day War

RAFAH, GAZA STRIP - JUNE 5, 1967: Israeli troops and armor advance against Egyptian troops at the start of the Six-Day War June 5, 1967 near Rafah, Gaza Strip. Thirty-eight years after Israel captured the Gaza Strip from the Egyptians during the campaign, the Jewish state looks poised to leave the populous Palestinian territory as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan approaches its August 15, 2005 implementation. (Photo by Micha Han/GPO via Getty Images)

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — If you’ve been reading the opinion pages of America’s major newspapers recently, you probably know the Six-Day War broke out 50 years ago this week.

The war’s broad, profound and lasting effects have been rehashed time and again: Israel decisively defeated its Arab...
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It was 50 years ago today: Bruce Spizer releases ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ book

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By ALAN SMASON

For those of a certain age, it was 50 years ago today that The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released in both Great Britain and the United States, heralding the legendary “Summer of Love” and forever changing the musical landscape.

The release of this ...
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Trump signs waiver, won’t move embassy to Jerusalem now

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(JTA) — President Donald Trump signed an order to renew the six-month waiver that allows the U.S. embassy to remain in Tel Aviv rather than moving it to Jerusalem.

As a candidate, Trump promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which was required by an act of Congress in 1995...
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5 ways to celebrate Shavuot — without (necessarily) studying Torah

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By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue.

Meaning: It gets no respect.

Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par with the fall and spring festivals of Succot and Passover, Shavuot is...
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