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After Newtown, Jewish schools reconsider security and grapple with how to talk about tragedy

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Like many other mothers, Patti Weiss Levy’s heart broke when she heard about last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The longtime Connecticut resident lives an hour away from Newtown, so she assumed she wouldn’t know anyone involved. But as details of the massacre began to emerge, Weiss Levy says she realized just how small Connecticut is.

“We later found...

Congress wants to increase allocations to Israeli missile program

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Congress wants to at least double the Obama administration’s funding request for anti-missile cooperation with Israel. Obama asked Congress for $99.9 million in 2013 for “Israel co-operative programs,” which include programs like the long-range Arrow anti-missile system and the short-range David’s Sling.

The U.S. House of Representatives version of the National Defense Authorization Act, passed earlier this year, recommended adding $168 million to that request, and the Senate...

Sen. Inouye, hailed by pro-Israel groups, dies at 88

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Daniel Inouye, the longtime Hawaii senator described by pro-Israel groups as one of Israel’s best friends in the Senate, has died. Inouye, 88, and a decorated World War II hero, died Monday of respiratory complications at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“Senator Inouye deeply understood the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, worked tirelessly and effectively to ensure that America’s ally,...

Newtown massacre prompts Jewish groups to push for action on gun control

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, CT., Jewish groups are looking to build alliances and back legislation to strengthen gun control laws. Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said that his group is assembling a coalition that would be ready to act once the right legislation comes along.

“The point now is to create the...

Youngest victim Noah Pozner remembered at funeral

NEW YORK (JTA) — Noah Pozner, the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was remembered at his funeral as a child who liked to explore how things worked mechanically. Monday afternoon’s funeral for Noah, a Jewish boy who turned six in late November, was the first among the 26 victims of Friday’s massacre at the school in Newtown, Conn. The Associated Press reported on memories of Noah’s inquisitiveness...

B’nai B’rith rejects listing among insolvent charities

WASHINGTON (JTA) — B’nai B’rith International rejected as inaccurate its topping a well-known charity watchdog’s list of “charities in deep financial trouble.” “B’nai B’rith International does not have $13 million negative capital and we are not in financial trouble,” the group said on Charity Navigator’s website. “The numbers Charity Navigator used to place B’nai B’rith on its ’10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble’ list were a year old.”

It...

White House employs second menorah from hurricane-ravaged region

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It has become something of a White House Chanukah tradition. For the second time, the Obama White House used a menorah from a hurricane-hit region to mark the holiday. This Chanukah, Rabbi David Bauman brought to the White House one of two 90-year-old menorahs that survived when Hurricane Sandy ravaged Temple Israel in Long Beach, N.Y. The menorah used in 2010 at the White House was from...

Jewish 6-year-old youngest of Newtown shooting victims

(JTA) — A Jewish child was identified as the youngest of the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. First grade student Noah Pozner, the youngest of the victims murdered on Friday, had just turned 6 years old Nov. 20; he will be laid to rest on Sunday.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that Pozner’s twin sister is also a student at Sandy Hook but...

Top American Jewish leader salaries revealed

(JNS.org) Yeshiva University President Richard Joel earned the top salary among American Jewish executives in 2011 at $879,821, followed by Simon Wiesenthal Center President and CEO Rabbi Marvin Hier at $702,857 and Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman at $688,280, according to an analysis of 74 Jewish nonprofits conducted by the Forward newspaper.

While Joel’s salary increased by 3.73 percent from 2010 to 2011 and Hier’s dropped 2.61 percent, Foxman’s...

Liberal Jewish groups ready to weigh in on same-sex marriage

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a federal court ruling that struck down a California ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage, and one of the federal...