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White House employs second menorah from hurricane-ravaged region

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It has become something of a White House Chanukah tradition. For the second time, the Obama White House used a menorah from a hurricane-hit region to mark the holiday. This Chanukah, Rabbi David Bauman brought to the White House one of two 90-year-old menorahs that survived when...
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Jewish 6-year-old youngest of Newtown shooting victims

(JTA) — A Jewish child was identified as the youngest of the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. First grade student Noah Pozner, the youngest of the victims murdered on Friday, had just turned 6 years old Nov. 20; he will be laid to...
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Top American Jewish leader salaries revealed

(JNS.org) Yeshiva University President Richard Joel earned the top salary among American Jewish executives in 2011 at $879,821, followed by Simon Wiesenthal Center President and CEO Rabbi Marvin Hier at $702,857 and Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman at $688,280, according to an analysis of 74 Jewish nonprofits conducted by...
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Liberal Jewish groups ready to weigh in on same-sex marriage

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal...
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New Congress will be missing longtime Israel supporters

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for Israel on Capitol Hill. Gone from the House of Representatives will be veteran Jewish Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee;...
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Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), Edward Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY)  are circulating the letter that says the...
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Ross, Abrams and Jeffrey project strike against Iran by 2014

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Three former high-ranking U.S. foreign policy advisers agree that if Iran does not halt its suspected nuclear weapons program by the end of 2013, the United States or Israel will act militarily. Dennis Ross, until a year ago President Obama’s top Iran policy adviser, and Elliott Abrams, a...
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Nechemya Weberman convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse

NEW YORK (JTA) — Nechemya Weberman, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn who practiced therapy without a license, was found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse. Weberman, 54, was convicted Monday by a New York State Supreme Court jury for encounters he had with a female patient...
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Four Jewish Dems retain or achieve top committee slots

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Jewish Democrats kept or earned top slots on U.S. House of Representatives committees. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) preserved his top slot on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, as did Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the Energy Committee, after the caucus’ standing committee announced its selections...
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Senate amendment penalizing Palestinians for U.N. status does not pass

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not included in a defense bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate. The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed late Tuesday, did not include among its amendments one...
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