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Historic synagogues to meet in ritual objects spat

(JTA) — The leaders of two historic synagogues will hold a settlement conference over a set of ritual Torah decorations. A federal judge in Rhode Island will meet with the leaders of the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., and Congregation Shearith Israel of New York on Thursday to discuss a...
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Israel to plant 3,000 trees to memorialize Newtown victims

NEW YORK (JTA) – More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

Hadassah has raised more than $61,000 toward the planting of trees honoring the 26 victims of the December 14...
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Post-Newtown slayings: some gun owners willing to consider curbs

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — The day Eric Schaefer learned that a .233 caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle — a type of weapon he owned — was used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Conn., he sold his rifle to local law enforcement near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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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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