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U.S. officials praise Israel democracy

(JNS.org) – Reacting to news of Israel’s election results, American officials praised Israeli democracy and promised to work with the new government, the Jerusalem Post reported.  In a tweet, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro congratulated Israelis on a successful election day.  “Mazal tov to the Israeli people on their just completed elections! Always...
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Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman sentenced to 103 years

NEW YORK (JTA) — Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenage female patient over several years. Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn, did not speak during the Jan. 22 sentencing in New York State Supreme...
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OU sets date for contested presidential election

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Orthodox Union has set a March date to pick its next president in a highly unusual contested vote. The umbrella group of Modern Orthodox synagogues and organizations, perhaps best known as the world’s largest kosher certifier, said on Jan. 17 that its board will convene...
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At inauguration Obama speaks of a united America, involvement abroad

(JTA) — President Obama in his second inaugural address spoke of U.S. involvement throughout the world and Americans working together at home. Obama was sworn in publicly for his second term on Jan. 21 by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Some 800,000 people reportedly thronged the area to witness...
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‘Dear Abby’ columnist Pauline Phillips dies

NEW YORK (JTA) — Pauline Phillips, the woman known to the world as the advice columnist behind “Dear Abby,” has died. Phillips, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, died Wednesday at 94 after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to news reports.

Writing under the pseudonym Abigail van Buren, Phillips’...
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Netanyahu answers Obama’s criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to comments attributed to President Obama, said that Israelis would determine the country’s best interests. “Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel’s vital interests,” Netanyahu reportedly said Jan. 17 during a visit to the Gaza Division...
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Orthodox woman to head ‘transdenominational’ rabbinical school

NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox woman was named the president of a “transdenominational” rabbinical school in Southern California. Tamar Frankiel, who holds a doctorate in the history of religions, will helm the Academy for Jewish Religion at Claremont Lincoln University, it was announced this week.

In a statement, the...
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Key Jewish leaders back Hagel, clearing path for Defense post

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Chuck Hagel added three major Jewish Democrats to his list of endorsers, clearing his way to likely confirmation as secretary of defense. U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) each said they were satisfied that Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, would advance the...
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Obama quote: ‘Israel doesn’t know what its best interests are’

(JTA) — President Obama has said privately that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote. In a column posted on the Bloomberg website late Monday, Goldberg wrote that when Obama was told that the Israeli government had approved plans to advance the development of...
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Swastikas painted on buildings in Colorado

(JTA) — Swastikas were spray-painted on buildings in several cities in Colorado. The latest incident occurred last week when a swastika and the word “Jew” were spray-painted on the B’nai Chaim Synagogue in Morrison. Earlier in the week, swastikas were painted on the windows of three stores in an outdoor...
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