Highway death spurs meeting of Fla. rabbis and state over safety

(JTA) — In the aftermath of a fatal accident involving an Orthodox Jewish woman, a Florida Department of Transportation engineer met with local rabbis in the Jacksonville area to talk about new safety measures.

The Transportation Department has attempted to put measures in place that do not violate Jewish law...
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Bloomberg ‘flattered’ by inaugural $1 million ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’


NEW YORK (JTA) — In August, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told New York magazine, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all the Russian billionaires to move here?” Yesterday, the Russian billionaires — or at least some Jewish ones — returned the compliment, naming Bloomberg...
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Sports teams should change racist names and logos, ADL says

(JTA) — Professional sports teams should seriously consider moving away from “the use of hurtful and offensive names, mascots and logos,” the Anti-Defamation League said.

Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, released a statement Tuesday amid increasing pressure on the Jewish owner of the Washington Redskins, Dan Snyder, to change...
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Bush to Jewish leaders: I don’t trust Iran’s peaceful intentions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former President George W. Bush told a Presidents Conference gathering that he did not trust the Iranian regime to change its intentions toward Israel.

“I will not believe in Iran’s peaceful intentions until they can irrevocably prove that it’s true,” Bush told the 1,200 guests at the...
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Ex-San Diego mayor Filner charged in sexual harassment case

(JTA) – Bob Filner, who resigned as San Diego mayor amid sexual harassment accusations, was charged in a case brought by three women.

Filner was charged Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court with one felony count of “false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit,” as well as two...
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Kerry tells AIPAC to have Netanyahu’s back on peace talks

(JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked AIPAC to publicly support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Kerry told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s national summit in Napa, Calif. , on Monday via satellite from London that the only solution to the...
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Shutdown keeps U.S. anti-Semitism envoy from Ukraine conference

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, canceled his attendance at a landmark conference in Kiev because of the U.S. government shutdown, according to a conference organizer.

Forman, who was scheduled to be the opening speaker Tuesday at the two-day conference...
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Pentagon to manufacture Israeli-developed helmet for fighter pilots

(JTA) — The Pentagon will manufacture a pilot helmet for F-35 fighter jets co-developed by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company.

The Pentagon’s F-35 program made the announcement late last week, saying it would stop development on a second helmet developed by a British company in order to focus exclusively on...
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Gov’t shutdown undermining Iran sanctions, Obama officials warn


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

Top administration officials have been emphatically making the case that it is.

Wendy Sherman, the third-ranked official...
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At United Synagogue centennial, tough talk about need for change


BALTIMORE (JTA) — It will be years before it’s clear whether or not this week’s conference of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was a success.

To be sure, the centennial gathering in Baltimore by nearly all accounts was a far more dynamic and well-attended biennial than...
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