At final debate, Israel and Iran take center stage


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel, a heated issue throughout the campaign, finally took center stage at the final presidential debate. It was mentioned a total of 31 times by President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney at Monday night’s foreign policy debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton,...
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Chabad holds kosher wine tasting event

Ricardo Kasinsky, a representative of Royal Wine Corporation, found a way to mix business with pleasure this past Sunday, when the Chabad Lubavitch of Louisiana hosted a kosher wine tasting featuring seven of his company’s products. Kasinksy, who was not an observant Jew while growing up in his native Brazil,...
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Israel figures prominently in final presidential debate

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S.-Israel alliance and the need to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon were major themes in the final presidential debate. Both President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Monday during their foreign policy debate that they would stand with Israel in an attack by Iran.

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Former President Carter blames Israel for ‘vanishing’ peace

( Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter lamented the “vanishing” prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace during a trip to Jerusalem this week, blaming Israeli policies.

Carter called the current situation “catastrophic” and accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of pursuing a one-state solution, despite Netanyahu’s previous statements committing to a two-state solution,...
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Hamas releases film about Gilad Shalit

(JTA) — On the one-year anniversary of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas released a film describing the Israeli soldier’s abduction in 2006. According to the film, which was released Oct. 18 on the website of the Hamas military wing, Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, Shalit thought his captors were Israeli...
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‘Kosher Queer’ panel draws full house at GOP

Rabbis Robert Loewy and Uri Topolosky drew such a large crowd with the second of their continuing education “kosher” series last Wednesday night that more rows of chairs needed to be added to the back of the room. The “Kosher Queer” discussion, held in the Bart Room of Congregation Gates...
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Could Russia’s crackdown against NGOs imperil Jewish groups working there?


WASHINGTON (JTA) – Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it didn’t take long for international Jewish groups to rush into Russia and begin rebuilding institutions of Jewish life that had been destroyed under generations of communist repression. In the two decades since, Russian Jewry has undergone...
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George McGovern: A pacifist who wanted to bomb Auschwitz


WASHINGTON (JTA) — George McGovern is widely remembered for advocating immediate American withdrawal from Vietnam and sharp reductions in defense spending. Yet despite his reputation as a pacifist, the former U.S. senator and 1972 presidential candidate, who died Sunday at 90, did believe there were times when...
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Rabbi Linden to hold ‘lunch & learn’ at Shir Chadash

Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue Rabbi Ethan Linden has announced a “lunch and learn” at the synagogue this Wednesday, October 23. The topic of the learning session is “Jews and Electoral Politics” and starts at 11:00 a.m. Lunch follows at 12 noon. This program is free and open to the public.

Bibi praises Israeli military action in seizing ship

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Israeli military’s operation to seize a ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. “Even the people who were on the ship know that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” Netanyahu said Saturday night. “Their entire objective was to...
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