Petitions call for Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

(JTA) — An online petition calling on Stevie Wonder to cancel his performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces has garnered more than 3,600 signatures. The petition was launched more than a day ago on the website.

Wonder is scheduled to headline the Friends of the Israeli Defense...
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Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. status

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state. The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel community. The...
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JONAH Center being sued over false claims of reversing homosexuality

NEW YORK (JTA) — JONAH, a Jewish center in New Jersey that offers therapy to reverse homosexuality, is being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims.

Four gay men and two of their mothers filed the suit Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court against Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, which...
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Tzipi Livni forms new political party

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tzipi Livni, the former opposition leader, has reentered Israeli politics at the head of a new left-of-center political party. Livni, ex-head of the Kadima Party, said Monday that she would lead a new party called Hatnua, or The Movement.

“I’m here to fight for Israel, not against...
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In Cairo, Israel, Hamas iron out cease-fire details

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Negotiators for Israel and Hamas are holding separate talks with Egyptian mediators to iron out the details of last week’s cease-fire. The talks began Monday in Cairo. The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect last week, ending eight days of Israel’s Operation...
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WWII Archbishop of Florence recognized as Righteous Gentile

(JTA) — Cardinal Elia Angelo Dalla Costa, the World War II-era Archbishop of Florence, has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. In an announcement issued Monday, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem said Dalla Costa was recognized as a righteous gentile earlier this year “for spearheading the rescue of hundreds of Jews...
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JDC appoints Alan Gill as new CEO

NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee named Alan Gill, its longtime executive director of international relations and a resident of Israel, as the organization’s new CEO. Gill will take over Jan. 31 from interim CEO Darrell Friedman, who stepped in after the abrupt resignation of Steven Schwager...
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Canada applies pressure to PA; Aussies prepare to abstain; France will approve U.N. bid

TORONTO (JTA) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally intervened to pressure the Palestinian Authority to drop its bid for upgraded status at the United Nations. While in New York to accept an award and attend the opening of a new session of the United Nations at the end of September,...
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As Barak leaves politics, questions remain about his legacy, future


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Is Ehud Barak a calculating political survivor or a military man who, in his own words, “never had any special desire” for political life? Will he be remembered as a warrior or as a seeker of peace? And what will he do next?

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Chabad ‘lunch and learn’ downtown today

Rabbi Mendel Rivkin of Chabad Lubavitch will conduct a “lunch and learn” session today downtown at New York Camera, 705 Canal Street. The topic for today’s session will be on the Torah’s perspectives on the abortion debate. The session begins at 12 noon and runs until 1:00 p.m.