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Jewish connection unlikely; Egyptian admits involvement with anti-Islam film

NEW YORK (JTA) — He’s not a Jew. At least that’s the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has fueled attacks on U.S. diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. The Libya attack left the country’s U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats dead.

The filmmaker appears to be an Egyptian Christian rather than an Israeli Jew, as he had claimed in...

Campaign for Jewish votes: GOP has the money, Dems have history

By RON KAMPEAS

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (JTA) — In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other’s advantage: Republicans have the money and Democrats have the history. The funding disparity was evident on Sunday and Monday when the Republican Jewish Coalition rolled out major voter outreach bids in three major Jewish population centers: the suburbs of Cleveland and Philadelphia, and in Broward and Palm Beach counties...

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting. “The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues,” said a statement issued Tuesday night by the White House. “President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their...

Israel-U.S. tensions over Iran boiling over

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall.

In an unusually blunt outburst, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blasted the “international community” — widely seen in Israeli media as code for the Obama administration — for...

Zionist Organization of America loses tax exempt status

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns. The ZOA did not file returns for three consecutive years, the Forward reported Tuesday. Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed to JTA that the organization has not been tax exempt since March. Since then, he said, the organization has filed the returns and is now seeking reinstatement.

“We have hired a...

Rabbi Linden, others commit to daily Talmud study

By NEIL RUBIN

BALTIMORE (JTA) – Watching coverage of the Siyum HaShas celebration in New Jersey this summer, Rabbi Ethan Linden said he wasn’t impressed by the spectacle of 90,000 Jews packed into a football stadium glorifying Talmud study. Rather, Linden said, he was impressed by the discipline: the daily learning of Talmud that untold thousands around the world undertook to complete the Daf Yomi, the page-a-day Talmud study cycle...

Can Avi Weiss’ successor secure YCT’s place in Orthodox world?

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Asher Lopatin takes over the helm of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah next summer, he may try to pull off something of a football move at the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school: Look left while going right. In the 12 years since Rabbi Avi Weiss founded the school as a more liberal, pulpit-focused alternative to Yeshiva University’s scholarship-focused ordination program, Chovevei has produced more than...

Soloveichik vs. Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies

By DANIEL TREIMAN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a prominent (capital-c) Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. The Republicans had Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, a rising star within Modern Orthodoxy and...

Art Modell, former NFL owner, dies

BALTIMORE (JTA) –  Art Modell, former owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Modell was well-known for his philanthropic activities and had been a supporter of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He also chaired a $100 million drive to build a...

Democrats to return Jerusalem-as-capital language to party platform

By RON KAMPEAS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Democrats are returning language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to their party platform at President Obama’s behest, a Jewish campaign surrogate told JTA. Two sources confirmed to JTA that the party’s platform committee was meeting in Charlotte, the site of this year’s Democratic National Convention, on Wednesday evening to return language in the 2008 platform to this year’s platform.

“They are returning the...