Howie Lassoff, Israeli hoops star and Philly Hall of Famer, dies at 57

NEW YORK (JTA) — Howie Lassoff, who helped lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to six league titles and won Maccabiah gold with the U.S. squad, has died. Lassoff, a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, died February 7 following a battle with cancer. He was 57.

The 6-foot-10...
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After hate speech charges, Jerusalem soccer club set afire

(JTA) — Arsonists set fire to the trophy room of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team after the indictment of four fans for anti-Muslim hate speech. Assaf Evers, a fire department spokesman, was quoted by Ynet as saying that the fire was set deliberately early last Friday morning.

No one was...
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Jewish philosopher David Hartman dies in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rabbi David Hartman, a Jewish philosopher who founded the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, has died. Hartman died Sunday in Israel following a long illness. He was 81.

In 1971, Hartman and his wife, Bobbi, and their five children, moved to Israel with plans  to establish an...
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Netanyahu says Obama visit will cover Iran, Syria and peace process

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama will focus on Iran, Syria and advancing the peace process when Obama visits Israel.

Netanyahu at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday said he and Obama had “discussed the visit” and agreed on the subjects on...
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U.N. agency removes anti-Israel Twitter blogger from post

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A U.N. agency employee based in Jerusalem who tweeted an incendiary anti-Israel photo nearly a year ago was removed from her position.

Khulood Badawi, the information and media coordinator for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem, was dismissed on Wednesday. The OCHA...
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Hezbollah denies involvement in Burgas attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah denied it was involved in a terrorist attack in Bulgaria that killed six, including five Israelis. Two days after the Bulgarian government implicated two men with links to Hezbollah to the terrorist attack last July, deputy Hezbollah leader Naim Qassem said Thursday that Israel is making...
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Bloomberg defends Brooklyn College’s right to hold BDS event

(JTA) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the right of the publicly funded Brooklyn College to sponsor an anti-Israel BDS conference. Bloomberg said Wednesday at City Hall that though he “violently” disagrees with the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, a university should be free to sponsor a forum...
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Wasserman slated to talk on childhood obesity

The Parents Association of Community Day School will be hosting a free discussion open to the public on “Childhood Obesity.” The event, which is slated to be held on Wednesday, February 20 at the Community Day School in the Goldring-Woldenberg campus,  3747 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie, will feature speaker...
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Hadassah workers protest hiring of consultant to easy money woes

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Some 300 employees of the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem protested the hospital’s decision to bring in a consultant to help relieve its debt.

Hadassah will hire PwC Kesselman & Kesselman, Israel’s branch of the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, for $4 million in its bid to...
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Consensus candidate emerges at O.U., averting showdown

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Orthodox Union board reportedly has opted for a consensus candidate, Martin Nachimson, to avert a showdown over its presidency. Nachimson, a senior vice president at the organization best known for running the largest kosher certifying operation in the world, is expected to be elected when...
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