Israeli chief rabbi visits Berlin on circumcision issue

BERLIN (JTA)  –  Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children. In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin’s Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted that mohels could be trained and certified by...
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JFNA issues condemnation of recent Israeli attacks on Arabs

(Editor’s Note: The Jewish Federations of North America, through a spokesperson, issued this statement of condemnation yesterday. It is presented without edit or comment.)

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) strongly condemns recent attacks on Arabs in Israel, while recognizing the country’s leadership for its strong stance against such...
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Scandanavian Jews brace for possible bans on circumcision


(JTA) — Untrained rabbis mutilating hysterical babies while black-clad men stand around praying: The description of a Jewish circumcision in the mainstream Danish media indicates the xenophobia creeping through Scandinavia, some Jewish leaders fear. “Around the baby stand ten black-clad men – a must in every Jewish circumcision,”...
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Davis to receive coveted Salmon Award

The New Orleans Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has announced the recipient of the 2012 Harold G. Salmon Award as Ina Weber Davis. Davis, a former president of NCJW from 2007-2010, had been credited with reinvigorating the organization following the devastation associated with the Hurricane Katrina-related...
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Stockholm staged ‘kipah’ walk Sunday

(JTA) – Several hundred kipah-wearing Jews and non-Jews marched in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews. Some 400 marchers gathered Saturday outside the synagogue in Malmo and walked to Mollevangs Square, a part of the city with many Muslim immigrants from the Middle East. Speakers included Brigitta...
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Increased Israel chatter on Iran sends message to Washington


WASHINGTON (JTA) — How much noise does Israel’s leadership have to make to get the Obama administration to say what it wants to hear about Iran? It’s a question now preoccupying Israel, along with its corollary: How much noise is too much and risks precipitating a crisis...
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British Chief Rabbi stops supporting charity

(JTA) – Great Britain’s chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, has resigned as a supporter of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign. Sacks said he was unable to continue working with the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust after it sent supporters details of an initiative organized by the Quaker Council...
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Hadassah New Orleans chapter holds installation today

The New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah will install several officers for the calendar year at its meeting today. Although president Julie Schwartz will retain her position for the forthcoming year, several other officers will change their terms or begin new terms of office. Terri Gross, an attorney formerly associated with...
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Touro Synagogue Choir retreat announced

Touro Synagogue Cantor Jamie Marx announced a retreat for the Touro Synagogue Adult Choir this weekend. The retreat will be located at the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Pontchatoula administered by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This retreat will allow the 32-member choir to practice as well as to commune...
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Hal Ungar appointed to new Young Judaea national inaugural board of directors

Hal Ungar, a local attorney, and lifelong member of Young Judaea has been appointed to the national inaugural board of directors, charged with revitalizing the 103-year-old institution. A split with the national Hadassah executive board was announced in early July, making Young Judaea an independent organization for the very first...
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