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George W. Bush to headline fundraiser for Texas proselytizing group

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser in Texas for a group that seeks to convert Jews to Christianity.

Bush is scheduled to appear Nov. 14 in suburban Dallas to raise funds for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a Texas-based group that says its mission “is to bring Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah, knowing their acceptance will eventually...

U.S. to present its own peace plan, Israeli lawmaker says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States will present its own peace plan to Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, a senior Knesset member told the Israeli media.

Zahava Gal-On, chairman of the left-wing Meretz party, said in a statement Monday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his plan to intervene with his own draft agreement after it appeared that staying on the sidelines did...

Pioneering class of female Jewish law advisers graduates

NEW YORK (JTA) — The first American class of “yoatzot halacha,” or female advisers in Jewish law, has graduated.

The five graduates — Dena Block, Nechama Price, Lisa Septimus, Tova Warburg Sinensky and Avital Weissman — trained for two years under the aegis of Nishmat, a Jerusalem-based Torah study center for women. They each studied 1,000 hours of Talmud, Codes and contemporary response alongside an intensive curriculum in women’s health,...

Boteach tweets of terror during N.J. mall shooting with family inside

(JTA) — Rabbi Shmuely Boteach tweeted “Please pray” as law enforcement scoured a New Jersey mall looking for the gunman who fired shots there while his daughter and wife took cover inside.

Boteach and three of his children were entering the Garden State Plaza in Paramus on Monday night to meet his wife and daughter near closing time when shoppers streamed through the doors shouting that there was a shooter...

Ex-Claims Conf. official sentenced to 8 years in prison

(JTA) — Semen Domnitser, the former Claims Conference employee who was found guilty of leading a $57 million fraud scheme at the Holocaust restitution organization, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Domnitser, 55, was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $57.3 million.

Since 2010, a total of 31 individuals have been charged with participating in the scheme to defraud the Article...

Palestinians down on U.S. role in peace talks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian officials said they were “disappointed” by  the U.S. role in brokering their peace talks with Israel.

On Sunday, the officials criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for enabling the Israeli policy of announcing new settlement housing construction when releasing Palestinian prisoners. The criticism came just two days before Kerry was scheduled to visit Palestinian leaders in Bethlehem.

“We are disappointed by the American role, ”...

Jerry Silverman: Not just talk when federations meet in Israel for G.A.

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) – This time, it’s not going to be just talking. There’s going to be listening and debating — and, eventually, action.

That’s what Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, says will distinguish this year’s General Assembly, which is slated for Nov. 10-12 in Jerusalem, from past G.A. conferences.

“We have really changed the format of the G.A. to really create...

Kerry in Cairo sees Egypt advancing plans for spring vote

(JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo said Egypt was moving forward with its plans to conduct elections by next spring.

Kerry was the first high-level American official to visit Egypt since the decision to withhold delivery of cutting-edge arms from the United States over the Egyptian military’s crackdown on the opposition.

The focus of the visit was to be on the Egyptian political road map, including...

eBay apologizes for Nazi memorabilia sold on its site

(JTA) — The online auction website eBay apologized for allowing Nazi memorabilia to be sold under its auspices.

The site removed about 30 items for sale within hours of an investigative report published in the Sunday edition of the Daily Mail. The report went up on the newspaper’s website late Saturday night.

“We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them,” eBay said in...

ADL poll shows anti-Semitism on decline

NEW YORK (JTA) – Twelve percent of Americans harbor deeply anti-Semitic attitudes, according to a new poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League.

The figure marks a decline of 3 percentage points from the last time the ADL took such a poll, in 2011, but approximately the same number as in an ADL poll in 2009. The latest ADL national telephone survey, of 1,200 adults, was conducted this month and has...