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10 women arrested at Kotel for praying with prayer shawls

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ten women participating in a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall were arrested for wearing prayer shawls. Among those arrested Monday morning as they prayed with hundreds of worshipers and supporters were Israeli-American Rabbi Susan Silverman, sister of the comedian Sarah Silverman, and her 17-year-old daughter, Hallel...
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Israel Under the Radar: bourekas, parking woes, unusual marriage proposal

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Here are some stories from Israel that you may have missed:

Rabbis dictating boureka shapes

If it’s a triangle, it must be cheese.

That’s what the Chief Rabbinate wants Israelis shopping for bourekas to know when they pick up the ubiquitous flaky pastry.

In...
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Israel acknowledges ‘Prisoner X’ suicide; investigation underway

(JTA) — Israel acknowledged for the first time that a dual national it held in a high-security prison committed suicide two years ago, and said an investigation into possible negligence was underway.

The statement, attributed to Israel’s Justice Ministry and widely reported Wednesday in the Israeli media, does not name...
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UNESCO official slams ‘anti-Semetic display’ at agency’s Belgian carnival

(JTA) — The director-general of UNESCO expressed indignation over a Nazi-themed display at a Belgian parade sponsored by her organization. “The director-general is shocked by the anti-Semitic representation at the Aalst carnival that caricatures the Holocaust,” read a statement posted Tuesday on the website of the United Nations Educational, Scientific...
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Warsaw to build monument commemorating Ringelblum Archive

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A monument commemorating the Ringelblum Archive will be built on Nowolipki Street in Warsaw, where it was hidden during the war. Emanuel Ringelblum led a secret operation code-named Oyneg Shabbos while living in the Warsaw Ghetto, in the basement of the building at 68 Nowolipki St., between...
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Obama pledges in State of the Union to stand with Israel, stop Iranian bomb

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in a State of the Union speech focused mostly on domestic issues pledged to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb and to “stand steadfast” with Israel. “The leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution because a coalition stands...
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Dilemma: what to do with old, unused prayerbooks?

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — After years of watching synagogue members die or move away, the Sephardic Jewish Center of Canarsie made the difficult decision to downsize.

The 50-year-old Brooklyn synagogue had been a thriving center for the area’s Sephardim. But after accepting that it could no longer...
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Blowing 1000 shofars in hopes of a mate

By BEN SALES

AMUKAH, Israel (JTA) — They walked up a tree-lined path through stony hills to a square, white building — men in black hats, beards and frock coats; in T-shirts and jeans; in sweaters, slacks and velvet kippahs. They came by the hundreds — 19-year-olds looking for a...
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In SodaStream boycott push, Palestinians may be victims

By BEN SALES

MAALE ADUMIM, West Bank (JTA) – For proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, SodaStream would appear to be a straightforward target.

The Israeli company, which sells a popular kitchen gadget that turns tap water into carbonated drinks, has a large factory in a West Bank settlement....
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New doubts cast on Holocaust account of Nazi child mascot

SYDNEY (JTA) — A war crimes investigator cast fresh doubts on the account of a purported Holocaust survivor who says he was a child mascot for Nazis. Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, wrote to officials last week at the New York-based Conference on Jewish...
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