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Jewish connection unlikely; Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film

NEW YORK (JTA) — He’s not a Jew. At least that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. The Libya attack left the country’s U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other...
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Campaign for Jewish votes: GOP has the money, Dems have history

By RON KAMPEAS

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (JTA) — In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other’s advantage: Republicans have the money and Democrats have the history. The funding disparity was evident on Sunday and Monday when the Republican Jewish Coalition rolled out major voter outreach...
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Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting. “The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues,” said a statement...
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Israel-U.S. tensions over Iran boiling over

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall.

In an unusually blunt outburst, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
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Zionist Organization of America loses tax exempt status

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns. The ZOA did not file returns for three consecutive years, the Forward reported Tuesday. Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed to JTA that the organization has not been tax exempt since...
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Rabbi Linden, others commit to daily Talmud study

By NEIL RUBIN

BALTIMORE (JTA) – Watching coverage of the Siyum HaShas celebration in New Jersey this summer, Rabbi Ethan Linden said he wasn’t impressed by the spectacle of 90,000 Jews packed into a football stadium glorifying Talmud study. Rather, Linden said, he was impressed by the discipline: the daily...
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Can Avi Weiss’ successor secure YCT’s place in Orthodox world?

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Asher Lopatin takes over the helm of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah next summer, he may try to pull off something of a football move at the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school: Look left while going right. In the 12 years since Rabbi Avi Weiss...
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Soloveichik vs. Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies

By DANIEL TREIMAN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a...
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Art Modell, former NFL owner, dies

BALTIMORE (JTA) –  Art Modell, former owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Modell was well-known for his philanthropic activities and had been...
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Democrats to return Jerusalem-as-capital language to party platform

By RON KAMPEAS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Democrats are returning language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to their party platform at President Obama’s behest, a Jewish campaign surrogate told JTA. Two sources confirmed to JTA that the party’s platform committee was meeting in Charlotte, the site of this year’s Democratic...
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