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Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and philanthropist

Vidal Sassoon, the legendary Los Angeles hairstylist who revolutionized his industry in the 1960s, died at his Bel Air home on May 8 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Although Sassoon lived in the glitzy entertainment world for more than a half century, he never forgot his humble beginnings in London’s East End, nor his...
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Famed children’s author Maurice Sendak dies

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of children’s books including the 1963 classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” died of complications from a stroke in Danbury, Connecticut on May 7. He was 83. Born in Brooklyn, Sendak’s parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, who lost many members of their family...
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U. S. refuses demands via Jewish prisoner

United States officials confirmed they will not consider dealing with terrorists from the Al Queda network, who captured Jewish American worker Warren Weinstein in Pakistan. Weinstein was seen for the first time since his capture in a video posted to an Al Queda website in early May. Weinstein delivered an...
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Gertrude Stein unlisted in White House proclamation

In a tradition begun in the George W. Bush administration, the White House released a proclamation declaring the month of May as “Jewish American Heritage Month.”  As part of the proclamation, several well-known Jewish figures were cited and acknowledged for their various contributions. However, following objections from Jewish scholars and leaders,...
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London mayor wins re-election bid

London Mayor Boris Johnson won his bid for re-election last week. Johnson ran against the previous mayor, Ken “Red” Livingstone, who served in office 2000-2008. Livingston, a member of the British Labor Party has been cited for several anti-Semitic comments he has made and has been criticized by Jews and...
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Knesset approves sterner anti-smoking measures

Israel’s Knesset approved more anti-smoking measures on Wednesday, May 2.  These new stricter laws will be implemented in one month. Smoking will no longer be allowed at public events, outdoor sites (including the kotel or Western Wall) bus stops, outdoor concert venues, nor within ten yards of a medical clinic or a hospital entrance.  Smoking will...
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U. S. Religion Census results released

According to the findings of its 2010 U. S. Religion Census released last week, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies confirmed that Christians including Catholics, Southern Baptists and unaffiliated evangelicals continue to be the largest groups in each state. According to the study,  the Roman...
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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch succumbs to cancer

Adam Yauch, aka MCA and one of the founding members of the all Jewish troupe of New York City rappers known as the Beastie Boys, died Friday of cancer. Yaunch was 47. At the time that the three Beastie Boys began their career in the 1980s, the hip-hop and rap...
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Boutté headlines 21st Jazz Fest Shabbat

John Boutté, a featured performer on the HBO series “Treme,” headlined the 24th annual Jazz Fest Shabbat held at Touro Synagogue on Friday, April 27.

Attendees at the historic St. Charles Avenue sanctuary filled most every seat, enjoying a memorable night of prayer and revelry that marked the first...
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Israeli judoka heading to London

Arik Ze’evi, the Israeli bronze medal winner at the 2004 Summer Olympics, is heading to the 2012 summer games after he won the gold medal at the European Judo Championships yesterday in Chelyabinsk, Russia. This marks the fourth time the 35-year-old has won a European gold medal and gives him...
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