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Survey: half of Jewish communal groups moving toward LGBT sensitivity

BALTIMORE (JTA) — A gay advocacy group created a series of guidelines for gauging and improving policies at Jewish communal organizations regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. The Jewish Organization Equality Index provides benchmarks for making organizations welcoming to LGBT Jews. The index was funded by the Human Rights...
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Philip Roth confirms he is done with writing

(JTA) — The publisher for Phillip Roth confirmed that the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Jewish novelist is retiring from writing. The “Portnoy’s Complaint” author, whose voice was heard as well through his alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman, announced his retirement during an interview last month with the French magazine Les Inrocks. Houghton Mifflin...
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Producer of anti-muslim film that sparked riots sentenced to jail for probation violations

(JTA) — An Egyptian Christian who was one of the key figures behind an anti-Islam film that sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere was sentenced to prison. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, of Los Angeles, who reportedly wrote and produced “Innocence of Muslims,” was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District...
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Loughner receives 7 life sentences plus 140 years in Giffords shooting

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jared Loughner, who seriously wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in a shooting spree in January 2011, was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences and 140 years. Now retired from Congress due to her injuries, Giffords (D-Ariz.), had her first encounter with Loughner, 24,...
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U.S. Jewish House battles recounted

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON (JTA and CCJN) — The voters have spoken and several key races with Jewish candidates involved are now resolved. First in California it was a question of which Jew would prevail. Two veteran pro-Israel lawmakers fought an often ugly battle in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley...
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Jewish Senate hopefuls defeated

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish Senate hopefuls in Hawaii, Ohio and Nevada went down to defeat. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) lost her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who received nearly 46 percent of the vote to Berkley’s nearly 45 percent. Berkley, an outspoken supporter of Israel who has...
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Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

By JTA STAFF

NEW YORK (JTA) — A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about...
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As Obama enters second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong.

It was the pro-Obama election-watching party...
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Jews in the 113th Congress

By JTA STAFF

NEW YORK (JTA) — The next Congress will have 10 Jews in the Senate and 22 in the House of Representatives, a decline from the 112th Congress. Below is the list of Jews who are expected to serve in the 113th Congress.

SENATE:

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Dianne...
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Exit poll: Obama garners 69 percent of Jewish vote

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote according to an exit poll. The poll, posted on CNN’s website, was commensurate with projections by preelection polls by Gallup, the American Jewish Committee, among others, that Obama would win between 65 and 70 percent of the Jewish...
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