Netanyahu pledges to protect Christian sites in annual message

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In his yearly Christmas greeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not tolerate attacks on places of Christian worship. “Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and Israel will continue to protect freedom of religion for all. And we will continue...
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Liberman to be questioned again

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman will be questioned again in connection with allegations that he advanced the position of Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus in exchange for information on an investigation against him. Liberman resigned last week as foreign minister, although he remains a member of...
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Yiddish stars hold New York gala to remember Adrienne Cooper

(JTA) – Stars of contemporary Yiddish culture turned out in New York for an emotional gala memorial concert honoring Yiddish diva Adrienne Cooper, an influential performer, teacher and composer. Cooper died one year ago of cancer at the age of 65.

A powerful stage presence, Cooper worked at the YIVO...
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Jewish Italian lawmaker launches drive against neo-Nazi parties

ROME (JTA) – A Jewish Italian lawmaker has launched an online petition to bar “neo-fascist, neo-Nazi and racist” movements from fielding candidates in upcoming elections. Milan Member of Parliament Emanuele Fiano launched the petition addressed to Italy’s interior minister after the newly formed Italian section of Greece’s extremist Golden Dawn...
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Metairie Chabad to offer crash course in Judaism

Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin of Metairie’s Gerson Katz Chabad Jewish Center has announced a Crash Course in Basic Judaism beginning this Wednesday, December 26th at 7:30 p.m. The course will taught over a period of six weeks on Wednesday evenings.

The course is intended to appeal to those who have both...
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Obama set to nominate Kerry for State Secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama is set to nominate Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state. A White House official said Obama would make the announcement this afternoon. Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee and would likely be handily approved by that body.

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Palestinians outline Israel isolation strategy

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is considering a multi-pronged strategy to isolate Israel, including seeking redress in international courts and ceasing security cooperation. The Associated Press reported on the strategy in a story published Thursday. Palestinian officials told the AP that they will first press for renewed talks after Israel’s Jan....
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Fraudulent website seeking donations for Pozner family removed

(JTA) — A fraudulent website soliciting donations in memory of Sandy Hook Elementary School victim Noah Pozner was removed and redirected to the family’s official website. The fraudulent site offered details about the murdered six-year-old and his family, and about the funeral, and asked for donations to be sent...
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Man arrested in L.A. for synagogue bomb threats, vandalism

(JTA) — The man arrested in connection with fake bomb threats made against a Los Angeles synagogue was also charged with vandalizing it earlier this month. Several bomb threats against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple were called in to the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday morning. One call said that there was...
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Jewish lawmaker urges halting Italian ‘Golden Dawn’ extreme-right party

ROME (JTA) – A Jewish member of Italy’s parliament urged the country’s Interior Minister to curb the formal inception of an Italian version of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party. Alba Dorata Italia, or Golden Dawn Italy, was formed in Trieste in November and has scheduled its constituent assembly for Dec. 21...
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