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Samantha Power to ADL: U.S. will not cut ‘bad deal’ with Iran

NEW YORK (JTA) – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, reiterated America’s commitment to thwarting Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions.

“Let me be absolutely clear: President Obama is determined to ensure that the Islamic Republic does not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Power said at the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial...
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Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Shalom Center joins lawsuit against NSA

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Shalom Center joined 21 activist organizations in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency concerning the government’s collection of telephone records.

Collecting people’s records “is illegal, is destructive, and should be stopped,” said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, founder and director of the Philadelphia center.

The suit was...
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Study: Adult children of intermarriage less engaged, seek acceptance

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewishly-identified adult children of intermarried parents are less likely to participate in organized Jewish activities than their peers with two Jewish parents, according to a new study obtained by JTA.

The Jewish Outreach Institute, a nonprofit that promotes more inclusion of intermarried and unaffiliated Jews...
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CUFI hosts ‘Night to Honor Israel’ in Texas

(JNS.org) – Christians United For Israel (CUFI) founder and Chairman John Hagee held his 32nd annual “Night to Honor Israel” event at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas  on Sunday, Oct. 27. Joining Hagee was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Israeli Consul General to the American Southwest Maya...
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CA Rabbi arrested on NY sex abuse charges

(JTA) — A rabbi was arrested at the Jewish youth center where he works in Beverly Hills, Calif., on child sex abuse charges from New York.

Menachem Tewel, known also as Mendel Tevel, was arrested Tuesday at the JEM Center, the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles reported.

A spokesman for...
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Madoff, fire and theft: How Jewish nonprofits lost money

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernard Madoff. An unscrupulous contractor. Art that disappeared or was destroyed by fire — it’s not clear which. Bad, bad bookkeepers. And did we mention Bernard Madoff?

These were among the causes of “material diversion” of assets — tax-speak for lost funds or property...
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Hate crime charge for alleged attacker of Hebrew speakers in Wisconsin

(JTA) — A man in Wisconsin was charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching two men who were having a conversation in Hebrew.

Dylan Grall, 23, was charged with battery and two counts of hate crime for the incident on a Madison street early Saturday morning, according to the...
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Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don’t do anything

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration may be on a collision course with pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Federations...
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Anti-Israel ads placed on Denver buses during JNF conference

(JTA) — Advertisements accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” are appearing on Denver-area buses while the Jewish National Fund holds its national conference in the city.

The ads, which include the slogan “Want peace? Stop ethnic cleansing in Palestine,” are sponsored by the website Notaxdollarstoisrael.com and the Colorado BDS Campaign, the...
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Musician Lou Reed dies at 71

(JTA) — Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the frontman for the band Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist, has died.

Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, died Sunday at 71. A cause of death was not made public. However, a spokesman for Reed indicated he had...
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