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Bernanke, Brin, Bibi among Jews on Forbes power list

(JTA) — Ben Bernanke, the outgoing Federal Reserve chairman, was No. 7 on the Forbes annual World’s Most Powerful People list topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The only other Jewish person to make the Top 20 on the list released Wednesday was Google co-founder Sergey Brin at No. 17.

Putin displaced President Obama at No. 1; the U.S. leader dropped to second among the 72 people named. Rounding out...

Kerry heading to Middle East to talk regional issues

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to the Middle East, where he will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

“In Jerusalem and Bethlehem, he will meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss the ongoing final status negotiations as well as other regional issues of mutual concern,” said a State Department statement released Thursday describing Kerry’s travel to Europe and the Middle East from...

Samantha Power to ADL: U.S. will not cut ‘bad deal’ with Iran

NEW YORK (JTA) – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, reiterated America’s commitment to thwarting Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions.

“Let me be absolutely clear: President Obama is determined to ensure that the Islamic Republic does not acquire a nuclear weapon,” Power said at the Anti-Defamation League’s centennial conference held Thursday in a Manhattan hotel. “Let me repeat: The United States cannot and will not allow Iran to...

Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Shalom Center joins lawsuit against NSA

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Shalom Center joined 21 activist organizations in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency concerning the government’s collection of telephone records.

Collecting people’s records “is illegal, is destructive, and should be stopped,” said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, founder and director of the Philadelphia center.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco and submitted by Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization working to protect civil...

Study: Adult children of intermarriage less engaged, seek acceptance

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewishly-identified adult children of intermarried parents are less likely to participate in organized Jewish activities than their peers with two Jewish parents, according to a new study obtained by JTA.

The Jewish Outreach Institute, a nonprofit that promotes more inclusion of intermarried and unaffiliated Jews into Jewish life, conducted a survey of 204 self-identified Jews raised in intermarried homes and compared the results to a...

CUFI hosts ‘Night to Honor Israel’ in Texas

( – Christians United For Israel (CUFI) founder and Chairman John Hagee held his 32nd annual “Night to Honor Israel” event at the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas  on Sunday, Oct. 27. Joining Hagee was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Israeli Consul General to the American Southwest Maya Kadosh.

During his remarks,  Hagee focused on the threats to Israel as well as Iran’s nuclear program.

“Iran’s charm offensive...

CA Rabbi arrested on NY sex abuse charges

(JTA) — A rabbi was arrested at the Jewish youth center where he works in Beverly Hills, Calif., on child sex abuse charges from New York.

Menachem Tewel, known also as Mendel Tevel, was arrested Tuesday at the JEM Center, the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles reported.

A spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department told the Jewish Journal that Tewel would be extradited to New York under an outstanding...

Madoff, fire and theft: How Jewish nonprofits lost money


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernard Madoff. An unscrupulous contractor. Art that disappeared or was destroyed by fire — it’s not clear which. Bad, bad bookkeepers. And did we mention Bernard Madoff?

These were among the causes of “material diversion” of assets — tax-speak for lost funds or property totaling $250,000 or 5 percent — reported by Jewish organizations on their tax returns.

Since 2008, the IRS has asked...

Hate crime charge for alleged attacker of Hebrew speakers in Wisconsin

(JTA) — A man in Wisconsin was charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching two men who were having a conversation in Hebrew.

Dylan Grall, 23, was charged with battery and two counts of hate crime for the incident on a Madison street early Saturday morning, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Grall allegedly struck the men in the face after demanding they speak English and swearing at them,...

Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don’t do anything


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration may be on a collision course with pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations to resolve the standoff over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs support a bill, passed in July by the House of...