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Stevie Wonder cancels Friends of IDF performance

(HOLLYWOOD) – Legendary singer Stevie Wonder, recipient of 25 Grammy® Awards and an Academy Award®, has cancelled his performance at the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Thursday, December 6th.  The Gala, chaired by FIDF National Board Member and major supporter, Haim Saban and...
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Petitions call for Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

(JTA) — An online petition calling on Stevie Wonder to cancel his performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces has garnered more than 3,600 signatures. The petition was launched more than a day ago on the change.org website.

Wonder is scheduled to headline the Friends of the Israeli Defense...
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Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. status

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state. The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel community. The...
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JONAH Center being sued over false claims of reversing homosexuality

NEW YORK (JTA) — JONAH, a Jewish center in New Jersey that offers therapy to reverse homosexuality, is being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims.

Four gay men and two of their mothers filed the suit Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court against Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, which...
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Senators Cardin, Collins warn Abbas about U.N. bid

(JTA) — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Susan Collins sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. The letter, sent Nov. 21, said that “Palestinian statehood can only be realized as a result of...
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Weeks after Sandy, enormity of human tragedy becomes clearer

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Kenny Vance’s multimillion-dollar beach house has stood proudly on the Long Island shore and weathered all manner of storms since 1916. Then came Sandy. Vance, a 68-year-old musician who has lived in Belle Harbor, N.Y.,  for most of his life, was preparing  to...
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President Obama voices support for Israel’s ‘self-defense’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in calls to Israeli and Egyptian leaders backed Israel’s right to self-defense as Israel’s counterattacks on the Gaza Strip intensified. “The President reiterated to Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks...
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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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