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Amid ravages of wildfires, Colorado Jews unite

By DEBRA RUBIN (JTA) — The Sidmans are among the lucky ones: Their Colorado Springs home is still standing, nearly untouched by the flames that left many of their neighbors’ houses in ashes. “I was just sobbing uncontrollably, even though my house was perfect,” Renee Sidman told the Colorado Springs...
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Jewish groups react to SCOTUS ruling on healthcare

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s landmark Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts voting in the majority on Thursday, June 28. The Court upheld the most controversial provision of the law that required all American citizens to purchase...
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Nora Ephron, writer, screenwriter and director

Nora Ephron, the celebrated novelist and essayist who had a successful film writing career veer into a career as a director, died Tuesday night in Manhattan. Her death was officially attributed to pneumonia, but it was revealed she had been battling acute myeloid leukemia for several years. She was 71....
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Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and philanthropist

Vidal Sassoon, the legendary Los Angeles hairstylist who revolutionized his industry in the 1960s, died at his Bel Air home on May 8 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Although Sassoon lived in the glitzy entertainment world for more than a half century, he never forgot his humble beginnings in London’s East End, nor his...
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Famed children’s author Maurice Sendak dies

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books including the 1963 classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” died of complications from a stroke in Danbury, Connecticut on May 7. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn, Sendak’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, who lost many members of their family...
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Gertrude Stein unlisted in White House proclamation

In a tradition begun in the George W. Bush administration, the White House released a proclamation declaring the month of May as “Jewish American Heritage Month.”  As part of the proclamation, several well-known Jewish figures were cited and acknowledged for their various contributions. However, following objections from Jewish scholars and leaders,...
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U. S. Religion Census results released

According to the findings of its 2010 U. S. Religion Census released last week, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies confirmed that Christians including Catholics, Southern Baptists and unaffiliated evangelicals continue to be the largest groups in each state. According to the study,  the Roman...
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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer

Adam Yauch, aka MCA and one of the founding members of the all Jewish troupe of New York City rappers known as the Beastie Boys, died Friday of cancer. Yaunch was 47. At the time that the three Beastie Boys began their career in the 1980s, the hip-hop and rap...
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Hadassah National President cleared of improprieties

Following the Bernie Madoff scandal, Hadassah Chief Operating Officer Larry Blum levied accusations of wrongdoing against then national treasurer and current national president Marcie Natan and then national president Nancy Falchuk. An investigation was launched by the American women’s Zionist organization by the independent law firm of  Skadden, Arps, Slate,...
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Barney Franks retiring from Congress

Outspoken U.S. Representative Barney Franks (D-MA) announced today he would not seek re-election in 2012. Franks, who was the first openly gay national political figure, had served as a Representative for his district since 1980. He volunteered his sexual preference in 1987, but had been re-elected with little difficulty until...
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