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International

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...

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 he would submit a bill proposing to criminalize ritual circumcision in boys younger than 15 years of age, according to...

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 the retinue of presidents, foreign ministers and other policymakers who arrive in New York City for its opening session.

“Obviously...

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 Arabic surfaced last week on YouTube, sparking unrest throughout the Arab world and in Arab communities in other countries. The...