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Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in 3 months

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months, causing some damage. A long-range Grad rocket struck early Tuesday morning in the industrial zone of Ashkelon.

The al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah party led by Palestinian Authority...
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Entertainer’s poster with swastika-Star of David draws ire of Greek Jews

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — Greek Jews want posters featuring a symbol of an intertwined swastika and Star of David to promote a nightclub entertainer’s shows to be taken down.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has complained to authorities in Athens about the posters advertising a series of...
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Women of the Wall Megillah reading undisturbed by police

(JTA) — A women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall took place on Shushan Purim without incident or arrests. Approximately 80 women turned out, some donning prayer shawls, others dressed as police and haredi Orthodox worshipers, on Monday morning in Jerusalem, the TImes of Israel reported.

Hallel Silverman, the 17-year-old...
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Clashes intensify after death of Palestinian prisoner

(JTA) — Clashes intensified in the West Bank following the death of a Palestinian prisoner who fellow inmates said had been tortured. Arafat Jaradat, 30, died Saturday of a heart attack in the Megiddo jail in northern Israel five days after his arrest for participating in stone-throwing attacks on Israelis...
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NCJW honors Kullman with Solomon Award today

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has named Ruth S. Kullman the 2013 recipient of its coveted Hannah G. Solomon Award. The award, named for the founder of the NCJW, will be presented in ceremonies at a luncheon to be held today in...
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JCC staff deems Adloyadah festival an outdoor event

Despite a threat of rain and the possibility of sloppy conditions outside from previous rainy days, Jewish Community executive director Leslie Fischman and key staff members went ahead with plans to hold the annual Adloyadah Purim festival outside.

“We’ll make that determination in the morning,” Fischman said Saturday night when...
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Attack on British soccer fans in France appears to be anti-Semitic

(JTA) — Fans of the British soccer team the Tottenham Spurs were targeted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack at a pub in Lyon, France. A mob of about 50 entered the Smoking Dog on Wednesday night making a Nazi salute before smashing doors and throwing chairs and other objects.

There were...
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Washington JCRC launches legal fund to help Gross, others wrongfully imprisoned

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The first contributions to a new legal defense fund for Jews seen as being held wrongfully because of their Jewishness will go to help Alan Gross, who is imprisoned in Cuba.

Launched by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the fund will help cover the...
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Aussie rabbi denies he knew of sexual abuse

SYDNEY (JTA) – The head of a suburban Sydney day school denied allegations that he was aware of child sexual abuse taking place at the institution decades ago and failed to report it to authorities.

One of two men accused of sexually abusing boys at the Yeshiva Centre in Bondi...
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Rubio calls Jerusalem ‘capital,’ praises Obama visit

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Senator Marco Rubio in meetings with Israeli leaders said Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and that he was pleased President Obama was scheduled to visit.

Rubio (R-FL), who delivered the Republican Party response to Obama’s State of the Union speech last week, met Wednesday in Jerusalem with Israeli...
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