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As ‘fiscal cliff’ looms, Jewish umbrella groups fight cuts

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — What will be cut? And who will pay? These are the two facets of the “fiscal cliff” debate in Washington, as President Obama and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives wrangle over what mix of cuts and revenue increases should be part of a deficit reduction deal.

Jewish organizations have been vocal during the budget debate, but some key groups are focusing their advocacy...

Woman charged in Noah Pozner fraud case

(JTA) — Federal prosecutors charged a New York woman with lying to federal agents during an investigation into an alleged scheme soliciting donations in the name of Newtown rampage victim Noah Pozner.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Nouel Alba, 37, of the Bronx, denied posing as an aunt of Noah and sending messages requesting donations. She claimed someone else had used her Facebook account to send the messages...

New Senate appointee from Hawaii is Jewish

Hawaii’s new junior Senator is Brian Emanuel Schatz (pronounced “shootz”). Schatz, 40, replaced Senator Daniel Inouye, who died last week. Born in Michigan, he is a twin and has lived in Hawaii most of his life. According to news reports, Schatz (D-HI), the current Lt. Governor of Hawaii, is Jewish and will serve until a special election in 2014.  With his appointment Schatz is one of 11 senators in the...

Jews and pro-Israel community warm to prospect of Kerry as Secretary of State

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by that point, leapt onto the dais at Tifereth Israel synagogue in Des Moines. Kerry delivered an emotional account of his...

Jack Klugman, TV icon and acting legend dies at 90

Jack Klugman, an actor who found fame as the star of two different and long-running TV series – “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.” – died December 24, according to his son Adam. He was 90. Klugman, was visiting his family during the holiday period when he suddenly took ill. His wife and other son David and other family members were reportedly by his side when he passed away.

When...

Bernie Madoff’s brother sentenced to 10 years for fraud

NEW YORK (JTA) — Peter Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud in connection with the Ponzi scheme orchestrated by his brother Bernard Madoff.  Madoff, 67, pleaded guilty in June to a range of crimes, including falsifying documents and tax returns and lying to regulators. His brother is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence for defrauding investors of tens of billions of dollars in the largest financial...

Yiddish stars hold New York gala to remember Adrienne Cooper

(JTA) – Stars of contemporary Yiddish culture turned out in New York for an emotional gala memorial concert honoring Yiddish diva Adrienne Cooper, an influential performer, teacher and composer. Cooper died one year ago of cancer at the age of 65.

A powerful stage presence, Cooper worked at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1985, with Henry Sapoznik, co-founded Klezkamp, an annual, multigenerational...

Obama set to nominate Kerry for State Secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state. A White House official said Obama would make the announcement this afternoon. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee and would likely be handily approved by that body.

Kerry’s nomination comes after Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, pulled herself out of contention after she came...

Fraudulent website seeking donations for Pozner family removed

(JTA) — A fraudulent website soliciting donations in memory of Sandy Hook Elementary School victim Noah Pozner was removed and redirected to the family’s official website. The fraudulent site offered details about the murdered six-year-old and his family, and about the funeral, and asked for donations to be sent to a New York address that the family was not familiar with, according to reports. The site also included a...

Man arrested in L.A. for synagogue bomb threats, vandalism

(JTA) — The man arrested in connection with fake bomb threats made against a Los Angeles synagogue was also charged with vandalizing it earlier this month. Several bomb threats against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple were called in to the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday morning. One call said that there was a bomb planted in a car at an intersection near the synagogue.

Police investigated the threats and blew up a...