Netanyahu answers Obama’s criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to comments attributed to President Obama, said that Israelis would determine the country’s best interests. “Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel’s vital interests,” Netanyahu reportedly said Jan. 17 during a visit to the Gaza Division...
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Trump endorses Netanyahu in upcoming Israeli elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube. “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

“You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu —...
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Orthodox woman to head ‘transdenominational’ rabbinical school

NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox woman was named the president of a “transdenominational” rabbinical school in Southern California. Tamar Frankiel, who holds a doctorate in the history of religions, will helm the Academy for Jewish Religion at Claremont Lincoln University, it was announced this week.

In a statement, the...
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Bertha Levin Pailet funeral set for Sunday

Congregation Gates of Prayer has notified its members of the death of Bertha Levin Pailet. Pailet was the mother of Darlene Yellin (Dean). The funeral will take place on Sunday, January 20 at Ahavas Shalom Cemetery, 4400 Elysian Fields Boulevard, at 2:00 p.m. Rabbi Robert Loewy will officiate. Following the...
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Key Jewish leaders back Hagel, clearing path for Defense post

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Chuck Hagel added three major Jewish Democrats to his list of endorsers, clearing his way to likely confirmation as secretary of defense. U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) each said they were satisfied that Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, would advance the...
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Reform-Conservative-Orthodox joint programming kicks off tonight

Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer will join forces with Rabbi Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue and Rabbi Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth Israel, the only Modern Orthodox synagogue in Metairie, in order to present a series on “Holocaust Lessons.” The joint continuing education series begins...
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Obama quote: ‘Israel doesn’t know what its best interests are’

(JTA) — President Obama has said privately that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote. In a column posted on the Bloomberg website late Monday, Goldberg wrote that when Obama was told that the Israeli government had approved plans to advance the development of...
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Hadassah wires $10 million to cover hospital deficit

NEW YORK (JTA) — Hadassah transferred $10 million to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to help cover its subsidiary’s $50 million deficit. The New York Jewish Week reported Monday that the Zionist women’s group took the unusual measure after learning of the deficit run up by the hospital, which was...
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Swastikas painted on buildings in Colorado

(JTA) — Swastikas were spray-painted on buildings in several cities in Colorado. The latest incident occurred last week when a swastika and the word “Jew” were spray-painted on the B’nai Chaim Synagogue in Morrison. Earlier in the week, swastikas were painted on the windows of three stores in an outdoor...
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OU, world’s largest kosher certifier, in disarray

NEW YORK (JTA) — The leadership of the world’s largest provider of kosher certification, the Orthodox Union (OU), is in disarray. Sources on Monday confirmed massive infighting among the OU leadership and a slew of managerial changes as members of the board of directors vie for control.

The situation at...
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