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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 is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence for defrauding investors of tens of billions of dollars in the largest financial...

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 “5 Broken Cameras,” a collaboration between Emud Burnat and Guy Davidi, a Palestinian and an Israeli respectively, are among the...

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 to safeguard places of Christian worship throughout our country. We will not tolerate any acts of violence or discrimination against...

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 the Knesset and the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party.

His resignation came days after Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein...

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 Institute for Jewish Research in the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1985, with Henry Sapoznik, co-founded Klezkamp, an annual, multigenerational...

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 Party announced it wanted to run candidates in general elections scheduled for February.

Golden Dawn Italy held its constituent assembly...

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 no prior knowledge of Judaism as well as those who want to know more. Topics to be covered include Jewish...

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.

Kerry’s nomination comes after Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, pulled herself out of contention after she came...

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. 22 elections but will insist on a settlement freeze as a precondition.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who looks set...

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 to a New York address that the family was not familiar with, according to reports. The site also included a...