JFNA announces $5 million in aid for Israeli terror victims

( Responding to the onslaught of rockets hitting southern Israel from Gaza, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on Thursday announced the establishment of a new Israel Terror Relief Fund that will contribute up to $5 million to aid victims.

The aid, which will be made up of both...
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President Obama voices support for Israel’s ‘self-defense’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in calls to Israeli and Egyptian leaders backed Israel’s right to self-defense as Israel’s counterattacks on the Gaza Strip intensified. “The President reiterated to Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks...
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Gaza conflict escalates as 3 Israelis die; rockets reach Tel Aviv


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours after three Israelis in southern Israel were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, a rocket struck the outskirts of Tel Aviv, bringing the conflict between Israel and Hamas to a new intensity. On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces reportedly sent ground trips...
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Three Israelis killed in continuing rocket assault

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The Israel Defense Forces kept up the pressure on terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its second day. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that by Thursday afternoon more than 150 terrorist sites in Gaza had been struck. Meanwhile,...
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Shir Chadash has ‘Sex, Lies and Politics’ tonight

Tonight, after two years of presidential campaigns, Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation offers an unusual examination of politics as seen through the lens of Jewish insight. Rabbi Ethan Linden will moderate a panel discussion titled “Sex, Lies and Politics” starting at 7:00 p.m. Panelists include Marjorie Esman of the Louisiana American...
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Palestinians demonstrate for independence day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians demonstrated throughout the West Bank to mark the anniversary of their declaration of independence. Hundreds of demonstrators, including foreign activists, blocked West Bank junctions and threw rocks at cars with Israeli license plates. Two Israelis were injured near the West Bank settlement of Efrat after their...
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Arafat’s tomb closed prior to exhumation

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The tomb of former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat was closed to the public in preparation for the exhumation of his body. A French investigative team is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 26 to take samples from his remains, which are buried in Ramallah in the West...
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Jewish Daily Forward releases top 50 most influential Jewish Americans

(JTA) — The Jewish Daily Forward’s annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish Americans featured Republican Party mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in the top 5. Joining Adelson and the gold-medal winning Raisman in the top 5 of the Forward 50 were composer Philip Glass, TV...
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GA News Analysis: No big buzz as Federations await new funding model


BALTIMORE (JTA) — A year since its creation, the grandly named Global Planning Table remains the great white hope of the Jewish Federations of North America, which held its annual General Assembly here this week. Introduced a year ago, the GPT aims to reshape the way federations...
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U.N. recognition bid finds Palestinians between a rock and a hard place


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The arguments for and against the latest Palestinian bid for statehood status at the United Nations come down to which is the faster path to irrelevancy. The Palestine Liberation Organization is seeking a diplomatic victory to preserve the legitimacy of its affiliated Palestinian Authority...
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