Former Israeli chief rabbi indicted for fraud

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron was charged with fraud for his alleged involvement in a scam that issued false rabbinic credentials to civil servants. It reportedly is the first time a chief rabbi has been charged with fraud. Other charges levied against Bakshi-Doron on Monday include attempted...
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Jerusalem building committee approved construction of 1,200 apartments in Gilo

JERUSALEM (JTA)– A Jerusalem building committee approved the construction of more than 1,200 apartments in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. Gilo is located in southern Jerusalem on land that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and is considered a settlement by the international community.

The approval late Monday by the...
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Oestreicher ‘disappointed’ with Bolivian Jewish community

(JTA) — New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher said that the reaction to his jailing by Bolivia’s Jewish community was “quite disappointing.” Ostreicher, who had been jailed in Bolivia without charges for 18 months, said in a media interview that he believes the country’s Jewish community is afraid of the government.

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Jews and pro-Israel community warm to prospect of Kerry as Secretary of State


WASHINGTON (JTA) — On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by...
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Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency to rule on women’s prayer at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked the Jewish Agency to come up with a solution for non-Orthodox women’s groups who want to pray at the Western Wall.

Netanyahu asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to examine the issue, the Associated Press reported citing an unnamed Israeli...
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Jack Klugman, TV icon and acting legend dies at 90

Jack Klugman, an actor who found fame as the star of two different and long-running TV series – “The Odd Couple” and “Quincy, M.E.” – died December 24, according to his son Adam. He was 90. Klugman, was visiting his family during the holiday period when he suddenly took ill....
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Human Rights Watch: Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza violated rules of war

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian terror groups in Gaza violated the rules of war by targeting civilians during last month’s conflict with Israel, Human Rights Watch said. In a report issued Monday, the New York-based human rights organization said the Palestinian groups in Gaza violated international humanitarian law by firing some...
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Man arrested for vandalizing King David’s Tomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem Police have arrested a man for vandalizing King David’s Tomb. Two men reportedly were caught smashing the ceramic tiles that cover the tomb’s stone late on the night of Dec. 20. The arrested haredi Orthodox man, 30, told police that he came to the tomb in...
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Bernie Madoff’s brother sentenced to 10 years for fraud

NEW YORK (JTA) — Peter Madoff was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud in connection with the Ponzi scheme orchestrated by his brother Bernard Madoff.  Madoff, 67, pleaded guilty in June to a range of crimes, including falsifying documents and tax returns and lying to regulators. His brother...
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Israeli Oscar entry eliminated from contention; one more still in play

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Israel’s 2012 Academy Award entry failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films. Israel’s entry, “Fill the Void,” was eliminted from contention last Friday. The country’s Oscar hopes now rest in the documentary feature category, where “The Gatekeepers,” from director Dror Moreh, and...
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