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Chanukah at a glance

Here is a list of area Chanukah celebrations. The first night of Chanukah follows Shabbat Havdalah services on Saturday, December 8.

Saturday, December 08, 2012 (1st Night)

Chabad-Chanukah Party for Israelis     8:00 p.m. Gerson Katz Chabad Center 4141 W. Esplanade Ave, Metairie

Chinese Dinner/Gift Exchange 7:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel...
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Palestinians appeal to Israel over controversial E1 construction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinians appealed to the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from making plans to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area outside of Jerusalem.

In a letter to the Security Council, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. secretary-general, the Palestinian representative to the United...
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Four Jewish Dems retain or achieve top committee slots

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Jewish Democrats kept or earned top slots on U.S. House of Representatives committees. Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) preserved his top slot on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, as did Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the Energy Committee, after the caucus’ standing committee announced its selections...
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Swedish art gallery defends art made of Holocaust victims’ ashes

(JTA) — A Swedish art gallery owner defended his gallery’s decision to show a painting made of Holocaust victims’ ashes as “having no moral flaws.” Martin Bryder, who owns a gallery in Lund, told Sverige Radio that he “sees no moral problem or flaw with exhibiting” the painting created by...
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Kadima crumbles, Labor emphasizes social issues and Likud dominates

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Two months ago, the strategy for victory was clear: To unseat Benjamin Netanyahu in elections on Jan. 22, Israel’s handful of center-left parties had to unite under one banner and choose a leader who could challenge the Israeli prime minister on issues of diplomacy...
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Senate amendment penalizing Palestinians for U.N. status does not pass

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not included in a defense bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate. The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed late Tuesday, did not include among its amendments one...
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Orthodox Union disappointed in ruling over state voucher program

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) expressed its disappointment with a November 30 Louisiana state court ruling that the state’s controversial voucher program is unconstitutionally funded by money set aside for public schools.

The voucher program is seen as one of the most expansive in the nation....
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Australia recalls ambassador over Israeli settlement decision

SYDNEY (JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to Australia was dressed down by government officials after being summoned over Jerusalem’s decision to expand settlement construction. Yuval Rotem at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Tuesday was apprised of the federal government’s “grave concern” over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to...
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Monday with Morey: Melton Institute administrator lands in N.O. (finally)

By ALAN SMASON

It’s been three years in the making, but, finally, Rabbi Morey Schwartz made it to New Orleans. The jovial rabbi and author’s job as director of curriculum and faculty development coordinator for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute in Jerusalem – a project of Hebrew University –...
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Syria violating agreement with Israel, Ban tells U.N. Security Council

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Syrian government is violating a 1974 disengagement agreement with Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Syria is deploying military equipment and troops over the cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, Ban said in a report delivered Monday to the Security Council, and the violations could escalate...
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