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Rhodes memorial vandalized

(JTA) — A Holocaust memorial in Rhodes was spray-painted with swastikas. The Holocaust Memorial to the Jews of Rhodes in the Jewish Martyrs Square — the old Jewish Quarter — was defaced Saturday on its six sides. The initials AME also were spray-painted on the monument, possibly referring to an...
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Beth Israel looking to start a Jewish Cub Scout pack on Monday

One of the lesser known facts about Rabbi Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth Israel is that he is an Eagle Scout, who received his rank in Boy Scout Troop 613 of Silver Spring, MD. Now that his boys are of age as well as several others in the community, it’s...
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Thieves vandalize Anshe Sfard air conditioning system

Just prior to Shabbat last Saturday, Anshe Sfard Synagogue administrators realized that one of two air conditioning units had been vandalized. Thieves looking to profit from the sale of copper tubing on the open market jumped a fence and removed a 37-foot long copper 3/4-inch rigid pressurized copper line that...
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Rabbi Topolosky has final word on ‘Kosher Sex’

Taking the lead from the title of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s book, Rabbi Uri Topolosky finished the continuing education “kosher” series between Reform Congregation Gates of Prayer and his own Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel this past Wednesday night with the racy theme of “Kosher Sex.”

The talk by Topolosky held at...
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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

By BEN SALES and URIEL HEILMAN

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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