Episcopal Church rejects Israel divestment resolution

(JTA) — The U.S.-based Episcopal Church adopted a resolution at its General Convention Assembly calling for “a negotiated two-state solution” and “positive investment” as responses to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  Also at the meeting in Indianapolis, delegates tabled a resolution urging “corporate engagement” by the church and dissemination of “information on...
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Orthodox rabbinical group urges German Jews to defy ban on circumcision

BERLIN (JTA) — Europe’s main Orthodox rabbinical body is urging Jews in Germany to uphold the commandment to circumcise newborn sons, despite a court ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said his...
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Obama administration raps Israeli settlements report

(JTA) — The Obama administration criticized an Israeli panel finding that West Bank settlements are legal under international law. “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity and we oppose any effort to legalize settlement outposts,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Monday evening in answer...
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Metairie Chabad Center prepares to upgrade library

What once was a proper Jewish library at the Gerson Katz Chabad Center in Metaire has recently been displaced and uprooted. What once were organized and catalogued rows of reference books, prayerbooks and tractates of the Mishnah and Gemorah now lay strewn atop tables along the back hallway and in...
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Presbyterian Church’s narrow rejection of divestment a sign of anti-Israel push


WASHINGTON (JTA) – Proponents of using economic pressure to force Israel out of the West Bank may have lost a key battle this week — by a hair’s breadth — but they have no intention of giving up. That’s the message from backers of...
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Shir Chadash begins ‘Nearly New’ Sale July 8

The doors to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation’s “Nearly New” sale open for the first of three consecutive days on Sunday, July 8 at 10 a.m. The four-hour sale sponsored by the Shir Chadash Sisterhood continues on Monday and Tuesday with additional sales days on Sundays July 15 and 22, also...
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SEEKING KIN: A Changing of the Genealogy Guard in Israel


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Yitzhak Mann’s brother-in-law reached Israel in 1950 a broken man, his life in Belgium shattered. His wife, daughters and many other kin were murdered in the Holocaust, so in Israel he searched for his lone surviving relative. The brother-in-law submitted his own name to the...
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Haaretz reporter accepts plea bargain

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Uri Blau, the Haaretz journalist who accepted classified documents from an Israeli soldier, has agreed to a plea bargain. Under the deal announced Thursday, Blau reportedly will admit to holding secret intelligence without intent to harm national security and his four-month prison sentence will be commuted to...
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Sylvia Weiner rites set for Friday

Graveside funeral services for Sylvia Weiner will be conducted Friday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m on Friday at the Old Beth Israel Cemetery, 4321 Frenchmen Street. Rabbi Robert Loewy of Congregation Gates of Prayer will co-officiate with Rabbi David Posternock of Congregation Beth Israel.

Shamir remembered as mute, but resolute


WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil,...
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