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Emory University apologizes for anti-Semitism at dental school

(JTA) – Emory University issued a formal apology to Jewish dental students who attended the school between 1948 and 1961 and faced anti-Semitism. University President James Wagner delivered the apology at a special event Wednesday night that included 32 former students now in their 70s and 80s. The students had received failing grades, were thrown out of school or were forced to repeat classes only because they were Jewish.

“I hereby...

Hadassah concludes probe of ex-COO Blum

BALTIMORE (JTA) — Hadassah concluded its investigation of former COO Larry Blum for allegedly misusing his corporate credit card but declined to release any details. “The issues between Larry Blum and Hadassah have been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both Mr. Blum and Hadassah,” the organization said in a one-line news release issued last Friday.

Asked for details about the probe, a Hadassah spokesperson refused to elaborate.

Blum was...

Rabbi banned from D.C. area synagogue

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Rabbi David Kaye, who was convicted in 2006 for trying to sexually solicit a minor, was told he could no longer worship in a synagogue in suburban Washington. The board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., notified congregants of the decision just before the High Holidays, the Washington Jewish Week reported Wednesday.

In a Sept. 12 note to its membership, the board wrote in part...

Study: Young pro-Israel activists are diverse ideologically, religiously

By NEIL RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish student leaders may be strident in their Israel advocacy, but they are tolerant in defining pro-Israel activism and diverse in their political views. Those are among the major findings of a new survey being billed as the first major study of North American young adult leaders involved in pro-Israel advocacy.

Of the 4,000 or so Israel advocates age 30 and younger who were surveyed, 87 percent...

Adam Greenberg strikes out in ‘second chance’ at bat

(JTA) — Adam Greenberg, who was beaned in his only Major League at-bat in 2005, struck out as a pinch-hitter after being given a one-day contract by the Miami Marlins. Greenberg was fanned on three pitches in the sixth inning by the New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey, a knuckleballer and leading contender for the National League’s Cy Young Award. Wearing No. 10, the former Chicago Cubs’ player swung and missed at...

AJC poll confirms wide Jewish preference for Obama

A poll conducted by the American Jewish Committee confirms a decided Jewish preference of 65 percent for President Barack Obama over 24 percent for Republican candidate Mitt Romney, were the election to be held today. Ten percent remain undecided, but according to the poll, Obama enjoys a substantial lead of 63 percent to Romney’s 27 percent.

Most striking is the split between denominations. Orthodox Jews favor Romney over Obama 54...

Wayne Firestone stepping down as Hillel CEO

NEW YORK (JTA) — After seven years as the chief executive at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Wayne Firestone will be stepping down from his post in June 2013. Firestone, who has worked at Hillel for more than a decade and served as its CEO since 2005, spent Thursday and Friday informing the organization’s top board leaders and staffers about his decision to resign as the head of the...

Lewinsky to write “tell all” memoir about Clinton affair

(JTA) — Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton. She will get $12 million for the tell-all book, the New York Post reported, citing friends of Lewinsky. Lewinsky, 39, is out for “revenge,” according to the Post.

The newspaper said Lewinsky, who is Jewish, will release love letters that she wrote to Clinton, and provide details about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s private life.

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Madoff investors gain back $2.48 billion

(JTA) — More than $2.48 billion in additional funds recovered from the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme have been sent to individuals and organizations bilked out of their investments. Checks ranging from $1,784 to $526 million were mailed Wednesday to 1,230 former customers of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, according to the Madoff Recovery Initiative. The average payment will be about $2 million. The new sum adds to the $1.15 billion already...

Key figure in anti-Muslim movie taken in for questioning

(JTA) — An Egyptian Christian man who police say is one of the key figure behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was taken in for questioning. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was questioned near Los Angeles after being brought in Saturday morning by federal probation officers, The New York Times reported, but he was not placed under arrest.

Police reportedly may be investigating whether Nakoula uploaded the 14-minute movie trailer,...