Limmud appoints new executive director, chair

(JTA) — Limmud, the international network of Jewish learning conferences, appointed a new director and a new chairman. Shelley Marsh, currently the director of informal education for the United Kingdom’s United Jewish Israel Appeal, will become Limmud’s executive director following Succot, according to a Limmud news release. Marsh succeeds Raymond...
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Finnish party plans new bill to ban circumcision

(JTA) — Finland’s third largest party, True Finns, has demanded a ban on the ritual circumcision of minors. In a debate held Sept. 26 at the Finnish parliament in Helsinki, Vesa-Matti Saarakkala, a lawmaker for True Finns, reiterated his calls in March to outlaw the practice in Finland.

Saarakkala, 28, said...
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At U.N. General Assembly, Iran is on the mind – again


WASHINGTON (JTA) — At this year’s U.N. General Assembly, Iran’s push for nuclear weapons is the overwhelming international diplomacy priority for American Jewish groups — but it’s not the only one. The body’s 67th session, which opened Sept. 18, provides the opportunity for Jewish groups to meet with...
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Egypt charges eight over anti-Islam movie made in California

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt charged seven Egyptian-born Coptic Christians living in the United States and an American pastor with insulting Islam. A public prosecutor in Cairo on Tuesday announced the charges over an anti-Muslim film made in California that insults the Prophet Muhammad, according to reports. A 14-minute trailer dubbed into...
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French Jewish communities condemns Muhammad cartoons

(JTA) — The president of the representative body of France’s Jewish communities condemned the new publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The publication Wednesday of the caricatures in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo “in the current context” is “irresponsible,” Dr. Richard Prasquier, the president of the Jewish umbrella body...
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Grenade thrown in suburban Paris kosher market injures shopper

(JTA) — An explosion at a kosher grocery shop near Paris, reportedly caused by a grenade, damaged the store and injured a shopper, French police said. Police have not linked Wednesday afternoon’s attack to the release of caricatures hours earlier by a Paris weekly depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, including...
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In anti-Islam movie furor, fears that a filmmaker’s lies have legs


NEW YORK (JTA) — There was no Israeli-American real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well. Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern...
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Key figure in anti-Muslim movie taken in for questioning

(JTA) — An Egyptian Christian man who police say is one of the key figure behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was taken in for questioning. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was questioned near Los Angeles after being brought in Saturday morning by federal probation officers, The New York Times...
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El Al discontinues weekly flights to Egypt

(JTA) – El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo. In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.

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Controversial movie director that sparked attacks not Israeli

(JTA) – The director of an anti-Islam film that helped spark attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities that left the U.S. envoy to Libya dead is not Israeli as he claimed, a consultant to the film said. The Atlantic blogger Jeffrey Goldberg reported that a Steve Klein, a consultant to the controversial...
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