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At U.N. General Assembly, Iran is on the mind – again

By NEIL RUBIN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — At this year’s U.N. General Assembly, Iran’s push for nuclear weapons is the overwhelming international diplomacy priority for American Jewish groups — but it’s not the only one. The body’s 67th session, which opened Sept. 18, provides the opportunity for Jewish groups to meet with...
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Islamic terrorist group claims credit for attack in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Islamic terrorist group based in the Sinai has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an Israeli soldier, saying it was in response to an anti-Muslim film. The group Ansar Jerusalem, also identified as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes or “supporters of the holy place,” which has previously taken responsibility...
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Komedy Kickoff event for B’nai Israel rescheduled in B.R.

The Komedy Kickoff fundraiser event for Baton Rouge’s Congregation B’nai Israel will now be held October 10 at the Baton Rouge Little Theater. The event originally scheduled for August 29 had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Issac’s landfall on that same date.

This will be the second Komedy Kickoff...
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Wayne Firestone stepping down as Hillel CEO

NEW YORK (JTA) — After seven years as the chief executive at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Wayne Firestone will be stepping down from his post in June 2013. Firestone, who has worked at Hillel for more than a decade and served as its CEO since 2005, spent Thursday...
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Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinian terrorists

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian terror operatives were killed when Israeli airstrikes hit their car in southern Gaza. According to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces, one of the operatives, Anis Abu Mahmoud el-Anin, was in the final stages of preparing to carry out a terror attack against Israeli civilians....
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Lewinsky to write “tell all” memoir about Clinton affair

(JTA) — Monica Lewinsky reportedly is writing a memoir about her White House affair with President Bill Clinton. She will get $12 million for the tell-all book, the New York Post reported, citing friends of Lewinsky. Lewinsky, 39, is out for “revenge,” according to the Post.

The newspaper said Lewinsky, who is...
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Madoff investors gain back $2.48 billion

(JTA) — More than $2.48 billion in additional funds recovered from the Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme have been sent to individuals and organizations bilked out of their investments. Checks ranging from $1,784 to $526 million were mailed Wednesday to 1,230 former customers of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, according to...
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Federation and JEF annual meeting at Uptown JCC tonight at 7 pm

United States Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will be the keynote speaker tonight at the Uptown JCC during the joint Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana’s 99th annual meeting. Slated to speak via teleconference from the floor of the U.S. Senate, Landrieu will be addressing...
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Egypt charges eight over anti-Islam movie made in California

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt charged seven Egyptian-born Coptic Christians living in the United States and an American pastor with insulting Islam. A public prosecutor in Cairo on Tuesday announced the charges over an anti-Muslim film made in California that insults the Prophet Muhammad, according to reports. A 14-minute trailer dubbed into...
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French Jewish communities condemns Muhammad cartoons

(JTA) — The president of the representative body of France’s Jewish communities condemned the new publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The publication Wednesday of the caricatures in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo “in the current context” is “irresponsible,” Dr. Richard Prasquier, the president of the Jewish umbrella body...
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