New Senate appointee from Hawaii is Jewish

Hawaii’s new junior Senator is Brian Emanuel Schatz (pronounced “shootz”). Schatz, 40, replaced Senator Daniel Inouye, who died last week. Born in Michigan, he is a twin and has lived in Hawaii most of his life. According to news reports, Schatz (D-HI), the current Lt. Governor of Hawaii, is Jewish...
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Jews and pro-Israel community warm to prospect of Kerry as Secretary of State


WASHINGTON (JTA) — On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by...
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Jack Klugman, TV icon and acting legend dies at 90

Jack Klugman, an actor who found fame as the star of two different and long-running TV series – “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.” – died December 24, according to his son Adam. He was 90. Klugman, was visiting his family during the holiday period when he suddenly took ill....
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Bernie Madoff’s brother sentenced to 10 years for fraud

NEW YORK (JTA) — Peter Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud in connection with the Ponzi scheme orchestrated by his brother Bernard Madoff.  Madoff, 67, pleaded guilty in June to a range of crimes, including falsifying documents and tax returns and lying to regulators. His brother...
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Yiddish stars hold New York gala to remember Adrienne Cooper

(JTA) – Stars of contemporary Yiddish culture turned out in New York for an emotional gala memorial concert honoring Yiddish diva Adrienne Cooper, an influential performer, teacher and composer. Cooper died one year ago of cancer at the age of 65.

A powerful stage presence, Cooper worked at the YIVO...
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Obama set to nominate Kerry for State Secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state. A White House official said Obama would make the announcement this afternoon. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee and would likely be handily approved by that body.

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Fraudulent website seeking donations for Pozner family removed

(JTA) — A fraudulent website soliciting donations in memory of Sandy Hook Elementary School victim Noah Pozner was removed and redirected to the family’s official website. The fraudulent site offered details about the murdered six-year-old and his family, and about the funeral, and asked for donations to be sent...
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Man arrested in L.A. for synagogue bomb threats, vandalism

(JTA) — The man arrested in connection with fake bomb threats made against a Los Angeles synagogue was also charged with vandalizing it earlier this month. Several bomb threats against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple were called in to the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday morning. One call said that there was...
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After Newtown, Jewish schools reconsider security and grapple with how to talk about tragedy


NEW YORK (JTA) — Like many other mothers, Patti Weiss Levy’s heart broke when she heard about last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The longtime Connecticut resident lives an hour away from Newtown, so she assumed she wouldn’t know anyone involved. But as...
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Congress wants to increase allocations to Israeli missile program

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Congress wants to at least double the Obama administration’s funding request for anti-missile cooperation with Israel. Obama asked Congress for $99.9 million in 2013 for “Israel co-operative programs,” which include programs like the long-range Arrow anti-missile system and the short-range David’s Sling.

The U.S. House of Representatives version...
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