Conservative day school cancels charters for Scouting units

(JTA) — A Conservative Jewish day school will not renew its Boy Scouts charter because of the organization’s policy excluding gay and lesbian adults as leaders. The Golda Och Academy in West Orange, NJ, said in a letter to parents last week that the Scouts’ policy presents a “problematic image for...
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Report: Iran nearly done installing centrifuges at nuclear plant

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Iran appears to be nearly finished installing centrifuges at one of its underground plants, drawing it still closer to making weapons-grade uranium. Reuters quoted Western diplomats who said they have heard indications that Iran finished putting in place the remaining uranium centrifuges but had not starting running them...
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Netanyahu merges with the right, knocks out the left


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu. Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision? Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent...
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JCC to host its first Kindergarten Readiness Forum tonight

Parents and guardians of all children of kindergarten age are encouraged to attend the first Kindergarten Readiness Forum at the Uptown Jewish Community Center tonight at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from six different local schools will be on hand for a panel discussion to answer questions about transitioning children into a...
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Rockets slam southern Israel, striking homes and injuring workers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 70 rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel in the last 36 hours, striking several homes and injuring three. Four Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza sites that the Israeli military said are used for launching rockets at Israel....
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Rabbinical seminary breaks ground in Berlin

BERLIN (JTA) — A groundbreaking was held for the planned new home of the Rabbinical Seminary of Berlin. Philanthropist Ronald Lauder on Wednesday stuck a shovel into the earth under a tent at 32 Brunnenstrasse in the eastern part of the German capital.

The planned six-story building, which is expected to...
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ZOA cancels annual gala over tax issues

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America, which lost its tax-exempt status earlier this year, canceled its high-profile annual fundraising dinner. Due to legal restrictions, money raised above the costs of the dinner would have gone to an outside account. ZOA would not be able to access those funds until...
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Empire Poultry fires CEO

(JTA) – Empire Kosher Poultry Inc. fired its chief executive officer allegedly after the aborted acquisition of another kosher poultry firm. Greg Rosenbaum learned Oct. 10 that he was out at Empire, the leading supplier of kosher poultry in the United States, the Washington Jewish Week reported Wednesday. The company, based...
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Sudan accuses Israel of attack on arms factory

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sudan blamed Israel for an attack on an arms factory in Khartoum.The attack late Tuesday night sparked explosions and a massive fire, according to reports.Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters that the four military planes that attacked the plant belonged to Israel.

Sudan accused Israel...
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At its centennial celebration Hadassah looks for donors, new members


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Five years before the Balfour Declaration gave Jews their first realistic hope for a modern state in the Land of Israel, Henrietta Szold founded the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah and sent two nurses here to fight disease and provide milk to infants and their...
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