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Sports Briefs: ‘Turk’ defends title; Texas hoops assn. changes policy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Argentina’s Carolina Raquel “The Turk” Duer defended her World Boxing Organization super flyweight title for the sixth time. Duer, 34, won a unanimous decision over countryman Marisa Portillo last Friday before more than 4,000 fans at an Argentina park — a record crowd for a Duer bout.

Showing the government’s increasing support for the fighter, the bout was announced in newspaper ads paid for by...

Rhodes memorial vandalized

(JTA) — A Holocaust memorial in Rhodes was spray-painted with swastikas. The Holocaust Memorial to the Jews of Rhodes in the Jewish Martyrs Square — the old Jewish Quarter — was defaced Saturday on its six sides. The initials AME also were spray-painted on the monument, possibly referring to an unknown organization, according to the Greek Helsinki Monitor.

The Security Police of Rhodes has launched an investigation.

It is not...

Report: Iran nearly done installing centrifuges at nuclear plant

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Iran appears to be nearly finished installing centrifuges at one of its underground plants, drawing it still closer to making weapons-grade uranium. Reuters quoted Western diplomats who said they have heard indications that Iran finished putting in place the remaining uranium centrifuges but had not starting running them yet.

According to the unnamed diplomats, while there may be more centrifuges located deep inside a mountain at its Fordow...

Rabbinical seminary breaks ground in Berlin

BERLIN (JTA) — A groundbreaking was held for the planned new home of the Rabbinical Seminary of Berlin. Philanthropist Ronald Lauder on Wednesday stuck a shovel into the earth under a tent at 32 Brunnenstrasse in the eastern part of the German capital.

The planned six-story building, which is expected to cost some $5.8 million, will increase the space for the 4-year-old rabbinical program under the umbrella of the Lauder Yeshurun....

Sudan accuses Israel of attack on arms factory

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sudan blamed Israel for an attack on an arms factory in Khartoum.The attack late Tuesday night sparked explosions and a massive fire, according to reports.Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters that the four military planes that attacked the plant belonged to Israel.

Sudan accused Israel of attacking a weapons convoy traveling from Sudan to the Gaza Strip last December and of a similar attack in...

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 a remarkable revival, and Diaspora Jewish institutions from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to the Jewish Agency for Israel...

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 create a provocation and blacken Israel’s name. If human rights were really important to these activists, they would sail to...

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 website of the Nobel Prize stated.

Understanding how these receptors function helped further explain how cells could sense their environment,...

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 the practice. A vote in the parliament, or Bundestag, is expected in the fall. The cabinet discussed the amendment on...

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 Simonson, who ran Limmud for six years and is the CEO designate of the London Jewish Community Center.

Limmud is...