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Jewish Daily Forward releases top 50 most influential Jewish Americans

(JTA) — The Jewish Daily Forward’s annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans featured Republican Party mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in the top 5. Joining Adelson and the gold-medal winning Raisman in the top 5 of the Forward 50 were composer Philip Glass, TV...
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GA News Analysis: No big buzz as Federations await new funding model

By URIEL HEILMAN

BALTIMORE (JTA) — A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly here this week. Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations...
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Sharansky, Weisel address JFNA General Assembly

(JTA) — Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky reflected on the 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry during a special plenary session of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The discussion Monday in Baltimore featuring Wiesel, a Nobel laureate, and Sharansky, a Soviet refusenik who planned the historic...
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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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