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Arlen Specter remembered as an iconoclast

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — During his 30 years in the clubby confines of the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter never lost his acerbic prosecutorial zeal, friends and associates say. The insistent questions, the commitment to independence that made the longtime Pennsylvania senator a critical player in recent U.S. history,...
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Gilad Shalit reveals details of his captivity

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) One year after his release, Israeli Channel 10 News aired parts of an interview with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit on Oct. 11, during which Schalit revealed details of how he survived his ordeal and spent his days in captivity.

“During the day, I played all...
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‘Kosher Jesus’ explored at Gates of Prayer, series continues for two more weeks

Congregation Gates of Prayer’s  Rabbi Robert Loewy covered most of what was a very illuminating topic in the first of three “kosher” continuing education programs presented in concert with Congregation Beth Israel. The “Kosher Jesus” lecture focused on Jewish perspectives towards Christianity and how Jews deal with the often contentious...
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Dana Kaplan makes run for District B City Council seat

Just a few years ago, Dana Kaplan might well have reckoned that her home would always be the Big Apple. But now, as a confirmed resident of the Big Easy and so in love with the local scene and its unique charms, she has decided to run for the vacant...
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JCRS Chanukah ‘Wrap-a-thon’ this Sunday

Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will hold its 15th annual Chanukah “Wrap-a-thon” this Sunday at the Metairie Jewish Community Center, 3747 West Esplanade Avenue. The event in which hundreds of Chanukah gifts are wrapped for distribution to needy and deserving JCRS recipients runs from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. JCRS ...
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Esquire names Mila Kunis ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

(JTA) — Actress Mila Kunis was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2012. The magazine, which shows Kunis on the cover wearing just a pair of pants, called Kunis “the most beautiful, opinionated, talkative, and funny movie star that we’ve all known since she was nine.” The issue hits newsstands...
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Emory University apologizes for anti-Semitism at dental school

(JTA) – Emory University issued a formal apology to Jewish dental students who attended the school between 1948 and 1961 and faced anti-Semitism. University President James Wagner delivered the apology at a special event Wednesday night that included 32 former students now in their 70s and 80s. The students had received...
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Robert Lefkowitz shares in Nobel Prize

JTA) — Robert Lefkowitz, a Jewish physician and biochemist, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry with Brian Kobilka, a Stanford University researcher. Lefkowitz, 61, and Kobilka, 57, won for “groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family … of receptors: G-protein-coupled receptors,” a posting Wednesday on the...
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German cabinet backs measure on circumcision

BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s cabinet approved a proposed law on circumcision that is welcomed by Jewish and Muslim groups.The law, which is subject to parliamentary debate, introduces restrictions on the practice of non-medical circumcision on male children with the aim of protecting religious freedom in light of recent attacks on...
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Netanyahu calls for early elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections. In a news conference Tuesday evening, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Though a date has not yet been announced, it is expected that the vote will be held in...
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