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U.S. embassy in Israel urges citizens to stay away from Golan

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv issued a security warning advising U.S. citizens to defer travel to the Golan Heights because of the civil war in Syria.

Dated June 6 but e-mailed Monday to U.S. citizens in Israel, the advisory was issued due to “fighting between Syrian opposition forces and the Syrian military in the central portion of the Disengagement Zone in the Golan Heights near the...

NORPAC endorses Booker run for Lautenberg’s Senate seat

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A major pro-Israel political action committee endorsed Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the open New Jersey U.S. Senate seat.

NORPAC’s support in an email Thursday came just hours after Booker, a Democrat, signaled he would run in a special election in October to fill the seat vacated by Frank Lautenberg, the veteran Democratic lawmaker who died this week at 89.

The email announcing a June 16 fundraiser...

Kerry authorizes $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt despite U.S. concerns

( –  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry authorized $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Egypt last month despite writing himself in a memo that the U.S. is “not satisfied with the extent of Egypt’s progress” on its democracy, Reuters reported Thursday.

The Secretary of State, according to U.S. law, needs to confirm that Egypt “is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing...

Dad who named his kids for Nazis appears in court in regalia

(JTA) — A New Jersey white supremacist who gave his children Nazi-linked names wore full Nazi regalia to a court appearance to request visitation rights.

Heath Campbell, 40, appeared Monday in Hunterdon County Family Court in Flemington to request visitation rights for the youngest of his four children, Heinrich Hons, 2. Campbell was dressed in a Nazi uniform with a mustache trimmed like Hitler’s.

Heinrich was taken into state custody...

Under tightened security, N. Y. celebrates Israel with parade

(JTA) — More than 30,000 marchers participated in New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade, which was held under ramped-up security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said security was tightened “significantly” for  Sunday’s event, previously called the Salute to Israel Parade, in the aftermath of the March bombings in Boston that killed three and injured more than 200. Kelly said SWAT...

NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg dies at 89


WASHINGTON (JTA) — In 1982, Frank Lautenberg was running for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate spot at a time when  Democrats in the state were down on their political fortunes.

The Jewish community knew and liked Lautenberg, a data processing magnate who died Monday at 89 after serving more than 30 years in Washington. Lautenberg had been chairman of the United Jewish Appeal in the previous decade and...

Chabad distributes O.U. disaster-relief funds in Oklahoma

(JTA) — Chabad distributed some $15,000 in disaster-relief funds provided by the Orthodox Union (O.U.) to Oklahomans affected by the recent devastating tornado.

The money distributed by the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend was used for store gift cards and cash relief to help residents whose homes were destroyed by the May 21 tornado that struck Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, according to...

Chelsea Clinton heading NYU interfaith body

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Chelsea Clinton, who has said her marriage fueled her interest in interfaith relations, will head a multi-faith institute at New York University.

Clinton, 33, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will co-chair the university’s Of Many Institute, which will “develop multi-faith dialogue and train multi-faith leaders,” the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The Post quoted Clinton as telling...

Suspect with links to Tsarnaevs killed during FBI questioning

(JTA) — A Chechen man being questioned for his connection to the Tsarnaev brothers and a triple homicide was killed after he attacked an FBI agent with a knife, according to reports.

Ibragim Todashev, who was living in Orlando, Fla., was being questioned at his apartment on the homicides, in which alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was suspected of being involved.

“The agent, two Mass­achusetts State Police troopers, and...

Councilman Garcetti is elected first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Eric Garcetti, a veteran city councilman, became the first elected Jewish mayor of Los Angeles.

Garcetti, 42, defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel, 54 percent to 46 percent, with all precincts reporting.  Greuel conceded in the early morning on Wednesday.

“Thank you Los Angeles — the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let’s make this a great...