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ADL lauds ‘redemption’ of disgraced designer

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League said disgraced designer John Galliano has changed his beliefs and now understands the evils of anti-Semitism. Galliano, who lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior after he was arrested for making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar, had dedicated “significant” time to understanding anti-Semitism, the ADL’s National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement Jan. 18.

“Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in...

Shiva minyanim announced

Shiva minyanim in memory of Ronald Warner will be held at his Uptown home this evening and Monday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Shiva minyanim in memory of Bertha Pailet Levin will be held at the Metairie home of Dean and Darlene Yellin tonight at 5:30 p.m. and Monday evening at 6:oo p.m.

Netanyahu thanks U.S. senators for their support

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked a delegation of U.S. senators for their unreserved, bipartisan support for Israel and warned them that it was time to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

“Building in Jerusalem is not the world’s problem; a nuclear Iran is the world’s problem. History will not forgive those who do not stop Iran’s nuclear program,” Netanyahu said Saturday night during a meeting with the delegation, led...

Melton Adult Mini-School announces new courses

Debbie Pesses, the Jewish Enrichment Director at the Jewish Community Center and the head of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, has announced two new classes: one intended for parents and elementary school children and the other geared towards graduate students of the Melton courses.

The Foundations course has been developed in conjunction with the PJ Library. The two five-week courses begin February 17 and April 7, respectively. Parents and children...

Knesset Elections: A reader’s guide


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to Hebrew and you’ve got a fairly good approximation of the tenor of Israel’s current election campaign.


‘Dear Abby’ columnist Pauline Phillips dies

NEW YORK (JTA) — Pauline Phillips, the woman known to the world as the advice columnist behind “Dear Abby,” has died. Phillips, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, died Wednesday at 94 after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to news reports.

Writing under the pseudonym Abigail van Buren, Phillips’ “Dear Abby” was syndicated in more than 1,200 newspapers and had 95 million readers at its height.

Her sister, Eppie...

Netanyahu answers Obama’s criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to comments attributed to President Obama, said that Israelis would determine the country’s best interests. “Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel’s vital interests,” Netanyahu reportedly said Jan. 17 during a visit to the Gaza Division of the Israeli army.

“Over the past four years Israel has withstood tremendous diplomatic pressures. They insisted that we curb...

Trump endorses Netanyahu in upcoming Israeli elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube. “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

“You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu — there’s nobody like him. He’s a winner. He’s highly respected. He’s highly thought of by all. And people really do...

Orthodox woman to head ‘transdenominational’ rabbinical school

NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox woman was named the president of a “transdenominational” rabbinical school in Southern California. Tamar Frankiel, who holds a doctorate in the history of religions, will helm the Academy for Jewish Religion at Claremont Lincoln University, it was announced this week.

In a statement, the Southern California school’s board said the appointment of an Orthodox woman to head the institution was “groundbreaking.”

“I am delighted...

Bertha Levin Pailet funeral set for Sunday

Congregation Gates of Prayer has notified its members of the death of Bertha Levin Pailet. Pailet was the mother of Darlene Yellin (Dean). The funeral will take place on Sunday, January 20 at Ahavas Shalom Cemetery, 4400 Elysian Fields Boulevard, at 2:00 p.m. Rabbi Robert Loewy will officiate. Following the services, two minyanim will be held at the home at the home of the Yellins at 5:30 p.m. and again...