Wife of kidnapped American worker in Pakistan pleads for his release

(JTA) — The wife of Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Pakistan by Al-Qaida gunmen, marked the first anniversary of his abduction with a plea for his return. Elaine Weinstein released a statement Monday saying she fears that his health will “deteriorate” since he suffers from several medical conditions, and...
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Gabby Giffords heads home to Tucson

(JTA) — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has moved home to Tucson. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, reportedly bought a home recently in Tucson and moved in on Sunday. She had spent the last year-and-a-half in Houston undergoing rehabilitation after being shot during a constituent event in Tucson in...
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Jewish glory, frustration mark London Games

By JTA Staff

(JTA) – The London Olympics may have “lit up the world,” as organizing committee head Sebastian Coe put it, but for Jews the 2 1/2 weeks offered healthy doses of frustration and glory. On the plus side, new medalists such as America’s Aly Raisman gained the spotlight...
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David Rakoff, Jewish humorist succumbs to cancer at 47

WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Rakoff, a humorist who often wrote about American Jewish culture, has died. Rakoff, 47, died Thursday in Manhattan of cancer, a disease he has battled since he was 22, according to media reports. A frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” Rakoff, a Montreal native,...
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Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman heading for Israel

(JTA) — Gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Israel Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein for her and her family to make their first visit to Israel. Raisman, who performs floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagila,” won an individual gold medal in her floor exercise...
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Haredi draft in Israel begins; no significant problems


TEL AVIV (JTA) – The controversy had sparked a national debate, raucous protests in the streets and the collapse of a historic government. That came in the months after the Israeli Supreme Court had nullified a law exempting haredi Orthodox Israelis from military service and given the...
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CCJN Exclusive: Latter-Day Saints find temporary home at Temple Sinai

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known colloquially as the Mormons because the major book of their canon is the Book of Mormon, have had a quandary for much of the past year.  Plans for a church expansion in the 3600 block of St. Charles Avenue...
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Interview with Marvin Hamlisch

Editor’s note: In October of 2006,  prior to a fundraiser performance in Cleveland, I was fortunate to conduct a interview with Marvin Hamlisch. Through the courtesy of the Cleveland Jewish News, most of that article appears here.


Marvin Hamlisch’s credits read like American musical royalty, but, despite...
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Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israeli military has begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on July 31 ordered the Israel Defense Forces to compose guidelines for haredi army service within...
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Israeli Arabs charged with smuggling explosives for Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has charged eight Israeli-Arab citizens were charged with smuggling explosives into the country for Hezbollah. The residents of Nazareth and Ghajar, which is located half in Israel and half in Lebanon, were charged Wednesday in Nazareth District Court with smuggling nearly 45 pounds of explosives into Israel...
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