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Natalie Portman awarded $1 million Genesis Prize

By MARA VIGEVANI

JERUSALEM (TPS) — Israeli-born American actress, director and social activist Natalie Portman was named as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate. The annual $1 million award, known as the “Jewish Nobel”  honors “extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement, commitment to...
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Tzipi Hotovely apologizes for statements about American Jewry

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely publicly apologized if statements she made about American Jewry, including that the “never send their children to fight for their country” and that “most of them are having quite convenient lives,” offended Jews in the U.S.

In an interview with the Hadashot...
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Palestinians’ Washington office can remain open, but only for peace activities

(JTA) — The Trump administration will allow the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C., to remain open but will require it to “limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

The State Department announced the decision Friday, saying the restrictions...
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I tried to speak to Bernie Bernstein — any Bernie Bernstein — and this is what happened

By BEN SALES 

NEW YORK (JTA) — Just who is Bernie Bernstein, exactly?

Well, first things first: He — or, more accurately, it — is a disembodied voice that has become a supporting character in the brouhaha surrounding Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused...
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Right, Left-Wing Parties Split on Trump Peace Initiative

(TPS) — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declined to address reports Sunday that President Donald Trump is planning to table a new Israel-Palestinian peace initiative, other than to say that his approach to a plan, should one become public, will rest on clear criteria.

“My approach to the this plan will...
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Stephen Bannon: ‘I’m proud to be a Christian Zionist’

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, called himself a “Christian Zionist” at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner.

He also praised Republican Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson for his help in guiding Trump through a sexual assault scandal.

Bannon,...
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Male Yeshiva U students can be fined $150 for skipping prayers on Shabbat

(JTA) — Male students who violate the rules of coed Shabbat retreat at Yeshiva University will now be fined $150.

Students can be fined for not attending all prayer services, meals and “all scheduled programs” during the Shabbat events, according to the student newspaper.

Male students sign an agreement before...
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Aly Raisman says Olympic team doctor molested her

(JTA) — Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman said that she was sexually abused by the women’s gymnastics national team doctor.

Raisman, who is Jewish and is one of the most accomplished gymnasts in U.S. history, made the allegation against Dr. Larry Nassar in an interview scheduled to air Sunday...
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NY town votes to let Orthodox enclave Kiryas Joel secede

(JTA) — The Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel reportedly will become the first haredi Orthodox town in the United States after voters in Monroe, New York, overwhelmingly backed a referendum on secession.

On Tuesday, over 80 percent of Monroe voters backed the measure on Kiryas Joel, a village of over...
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Congressional panel considers Jerusalem embassy move

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional panel heard testimony on whether the United States should move its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem.

The hearing Wednesday by the national security subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee was not attached to any bill. Since 1995, Congress has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s...
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