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Could Russia’s crackdown against NGOs imperil Jewish groups working there?

By NEIL RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it didn’t take long for international Jewish groups to rush into Russia and begin rebuilding institutions of Jewish life that had been destroyed under generations of communist repression. In the two decades since, Russian Jewry has undergone...
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Bibi praises Israeli military action in seizing ship

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Israeli military’s operation to seize a ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. “Even the people who were on the ship know that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” Netanyahu said Saturday night. “Their entire objective was to...
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Robert Lefkowitz shares in Nobel Prize

JTA) — Robert Lefkowitz, a Jewish physician and biochemist, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry with Brian Kobilka, a Stanford University researcher. Lefkowitz, 61, and Kobilka, 57, won for “groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family … of receptors: G-protein-coupled receptors,” a posting Wednesday on the...
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German cabinet backs measure on circumcision

BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s cabinet approved a proposed law on circumcision that is welcomed by Jewish and Muslim groups.The law, which is subject to parliamentary debate, introduces restrictions on the practice of non-medical circumcision on male children with the aim of protecting religious freedom in light of recent attacks on...
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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

By NEIL RUBIN

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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