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Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Prize winner in medicine, dies at 103

(JTA) — Rita Levi Montalcini, an Italian biologist who defied World War II fascist anti-Semitism and went on to win a Nobel Prize in medicine, died at the age of 103. Her niece told reporters that Levi Montalcini died quietly in her sleep on Sunday at her home in Rome.

Tributes poured in from across the Italian spectrum for one of Italy’s most admired and honored women. The Rome newspaper...

Woman charged in Noah Pozner fraud case

(JTA) — Federal prosecutors charged a New York woman with lying to federal agents during an investigation into an alleged scheme soliciting donations in the name of Newtown rampage victim Noah Pozner.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Nouel Alba, 37, of the Bronx, denied posing as an aunt of Noah and sending messages requesting donations. She claimed someone else had used her Facebook account to send the messages...

Israeli government fires back at British criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The education minister of Israel responded to British condemnation of planned construction in eastern Jerusalem and accreditation of Ariel University Center. “Our connection to Ariel is at least as strong as the UK’s connection to the Falkland Islands,” Gideon Saar said late Saturday.

“A university is an obstacle to peace? And as long as it was not a university there was a chance for peace? The incitement...

Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust.

The indictment, which reportedly includes new and stronger evidence against Liberman, was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday morning. Liberman is charged with advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

An abuse of authority accusation could...

Federation Centennial event venue changed

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has announced a venue change for the kickoff of its Centennial Jubilee Celebration on January 15. The highlight for the event will be native New Orleanian Richard Berenson Stone, the current chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, engaging in a “conversation” with highly regarded author and lecturer Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

The location is now set for the Isidore...

New Senate appointee from Hawaii is Jewish

Hawaii’s new junior Senator is Brian Emanuel Schatz (pronounced “shootz”). Schatz, 40, replaced Senator Daniel Inouye, who died last week. Born in Michigan, he is a twin and has lived in Hawaii most of his life. According to news reports, Schatz (D-HI), the current Lt. Governor of Hawaii, is Jewish and will serve until a special election in 2014.  With his appointment Schatz is one of 11 senators in the...

Hitler statue unveiled outside former Warsaw ghetto

(JTA) — An Italian artist reportedly placed a statue of Adolf Hitler in a building outside what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto. The statue, which depicts Hitler kneeling and is titled “Him,” is part of a new exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan titled “Amen,” according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

In a statement Thursday, the center called the display a “tasteless misuse of art.”

Efraim Zuroff, the center’s Israel director, referred...

Former Israeli chief rabbi indicted for fraud

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron was charged with fraud for his alleged involvement in a scam that issued false rabbinic credentials to civil servants. It reportedly is the first time a chief rabbi has been charged with fraud. Other charges levied against Bakshi-Doron on Monday include attempted fraud and breach of trust.

He is alleged to have been involved in a scam known as “the rabbi’s case,”...

Jerusalem building committee approved construction of 1,200 apartments in Gilo

JERUSALEM (JTA)– A Jerusalem building committee approved the construction of more than 1,200 apartments in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. Gilo is located in southern Jerusalem on land that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and is considered a settlement by the international community.

The approval late Monday by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee comes less than a week after Israel was slammed by the international community for...

Oestreicher ‘disappointed’ with Bolivian Jewish community

(JTA) — New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher said that the reaction to his jailing by Bolivia’s Jewish community was “quite disappointing.” Ostreicher, who had been jailed in Bolivia without charges for 18 months, said in a media interview that he believes the country’s Jewish community is afraid of the government.

“To be honest with you, the Jewish community in Bolivia was quite disappointing,” Ostreicher told EJU-Monitoring News in Bolivia. “When I...