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ISRAEL AND HAMAS REACH A CEASE-FIRE

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began at 9 p.m. local time. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced the agreement Wednesday evening in Cairo. It went into effect at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Prior to the announcement, President...
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Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terrorist attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack. At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday’s blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital. The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near...
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Israel reportedly holding off on ground evasion as cease-fire talks proceed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel reportedly has held off on a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in order to give cease-fire talks a chance to work. News reports on Tuesday cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that the ground invasion was delayed as Egypt attempts to negotiate a cease-fire...
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Netanyahu eyes ramp up of IDF forces

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “is prepared for a significant expansion of its operation” in the Gaza Strip on a day that dozens of rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel — including at least three at Tel Aviv that were intercepted by the...
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Iron Dome intercepts more rockets over Tel Aviv; IDF readies

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area. The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one...
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Gaza conflict escalates as 3 Israelis die; rockets reach Tel Aviv

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours after three Israelis in southern Israel were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, a rocket struck the outskirts of Tel Aviv, bringing the conflict between Israel and Hamas to a new intensity. On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces reportedly sent ground trips...
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Rocket attacks intensify, Gaza Hamas leader killed

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli army began moving infantry units to the south and calling up reservists in preparation for a further escalation of hostilities with Hamas after an Israeli airstrike killed Hamas’ military chief in the strip. Ahmed Jabari and a passenger were killed by an Israeli missile late...
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Orthodox-Conservative rabbis conference

The first-ever conference between Orthodox and Conservative rabbis was considered very successful, according to the two local rabbis who served as hosts. The conference, convened from Sunday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 6  was hosted by Rabbis Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth...
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Amy Ephron to headline Booklover’s Luncheon with ‘Loose Diamonds’

By ALAN SMASON

Amy Ephron was born to write. The youngest of four daughters of famous screenwriters and producers Henry and Phoebe Ephron (“Carousel” and “Desk Set”), Ephron, like her other successful siblings – Nora, Delia and Hallie – became a writer almost as soon as she could...
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Bart family to receive JEF Tzedakah Award Sunday afternoon

Four members of the Bart family will receive the Tzedakah Award, the highest honor of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), at the JEF’s Annual Event this Sunday morning, October 28, at 11:30 a.m.  Slated to receive the coveted award at the Hilton Hotel Riverside are mother Hertha Bart, wife...
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