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Obama’s tough talk is good news for Israel — depending on what it means

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The good news for Israel in President Obama’s speech at the United Nations was his insistence that any steps Iran might take to solve the standoff over its nuclear program must be transparent and verifiable.

The bad news was that Obama wasn’t clear about...
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Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

“If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...
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Obama, Netanyahu to meet at White House

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

“The president looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Netanyahu the progress on final status negotiations with the Palestinians, as well as...
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Fund set up for teen hit by car on way to Yom Kippur services

NEW YORK (JTA) — A fund has been launched to help an Israeli girl living in Florida who was hit by a car on the way to Yom Kippur services in an accident that killed her mother.

Orly Ohayon, 16, and her mother, Esther, 57, were struck while walking to...
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ADL: Racism targeting new Miss America recalls Myerson’s treatment

(JTA) — The bigotry facing the first Indian-American to become Miss America recalls the harsh treatment visited on Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman to win the coveted crown, the Anti-Defamation League said.

Nina Davuluri has faced racist messages on Twitter and other social media platform since her crowning on...
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JFNA gives $50K to CO flood victims, opens online fund

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America provided $50,000 in emergency aid to help Colorado flooding victims and opened an online donation fund.

Jewish federations across North America are working with the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, which is taking the lead in assessing needs and distributing funds...
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With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a...
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Israeli-American Council aims to unite Israeli community in U.S.

(JTA) — The Israeli-American Council has announced a nationwide expansion plan to unite Israeli-Americans residing in the United States.

The organization estimates that nearly 800,000 Israeli expatriates live throughout the U.S., but they are not currently connected by a national cultural organization.

The organization was founded in Los Angeles in...
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Foundation for Jewish Culture board votes to close

(JTA) — The board of directors of the New York-based Foundation for Jewish Culture reportedly has voted to close its operations next year.

The 53-year-old foundation, a resource and advocacy group for Jewish culture and the arts in the United States, will announce the closing this week, according to the...
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White House briefs rabbis on Syria

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Close to 700 rabbis and other Jewish communal officials were briefed by a top White House aide on President Obama’s Syria plans.

The call Tuesday with Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, was organized by the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical...
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