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U.S. Jewish groups welcome Netanyahu’s Western Wall initiative

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Three U.S. Jewish groups welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initiative to review restrictions on women’s prayer at the Western Wall. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Hadassah and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly greeted the move by Netanyahu, who this week asked the Jewish Agency and...
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Fifth Circuit court rules in favor of Texas inmate over kosher food

(JTA) — A Texas prison inmate should be served free kosher meals, a U.S. appeals court ruled in overturning a lower court decision. Max Moussazadeh, 35, who is serving a 75-year sentence for a 1993 murder, has a sincere desire to keep kosher and his religious rights were infringed upon,...
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As ‘fiscal cliff’ looms, Jewish umbrella groups fight cuts

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — What will be cut? And who will pay? These are the two facets of the “fiscal cliff” debate in Washington, as President Obama and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wrangle over what mix of cuts and revenue increases should be part of a...
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Woman charged in Noah Pozner fraud case

(JTA) — Federal prosecutors charged a New York woman with lying to federal agents during an investigation into an alleged scheme soliciting donations in the name of Newtown rampage victim Noah Pozner.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Nouel Alba, 37, of the Bronx, denied posing as an aunt...
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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

By RON KAMPEAS

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.

Kerry’s...
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