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Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relations

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai to quell the unrest there?

For Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, will his crackdown on militancy in the Sinai be seen...

IOC’s Rogge hears sharp criticism at London memorial

By MIRIAM SHAVIV

LONDON (JTA) — The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11. Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London Games in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were slain by Palestinian terrorists...

Loughner, alleged Giffords gunman, expected to plead gulity

(JTA) — Jared Lee Loughner, charged with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the deaths of six people, reportedly will change his plea to guilty.  At a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Loughner is expected to plead guilty, Politico reported Sunday, citing the Los Angeles Times as first reporting it Saturday night. He had pleaded not guilty to 49 charges connected with the shooting.

The change is reported to be in...

Team New Orleans heads to Memphis for Maccabi Games

The 2012 Maccabi Games Team organized through the  New Orleans JCC is preparing for the start of this year’s games on Sunday, August 5 in Memphis. This is the 30th anniversary of the very first Maccabi Games, Olympic-styled sports events intended solely for Jewish athletes. The New Orleans delegation of 14 athletes is headed back to the city in which the regional games began in 1982.

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Reform services continue at Gates of Prayer this Friday

Summer worship services for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) community  will continue at Congregation Gates of Prayer Synagogue, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie, continue this Friday evening, August 10. URJ community worship services will be held at Gates of Prayer through the end of August.

Rabbi Robert Loewy will conduct Friday night Shabbat services at 8:00 p.m. This Shabbat Ekev a musical program titled “Friday Night Live” will...

Summer Lyric’s ‘Fiddler’ runs till Sunday

It was only three and a half years ago that Randy Cheramie tackled the role of Tevye the milkman in the Jefferson Performing Arts Center’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The beloved Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock musical has been a mainstay with Cheramie. He has played the role five times before and each times the plaudits from the local theatre critics and community has been resoundingly positive.

Now,...

Barak orders haredi conscription

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis. Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription, according to reports.The order came as the Tal Law, which allowed haredi men to defer army service, expired on Wednesday. Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the law in February.

Israeli law mandates that...

Aly Raisman, Jason Lezak shine for Team USA

By JTA Staff

(JTA) – While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting. Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team gold on Tuesday — the first Olympic gold medal for the U.S. gymnastics squad since the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Also, Raisman is favored to...

Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring shared values” that bedrock the U.S.-Israel relationship. But there was one topic that gained little attention: Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. The word “Palestinian” did not appear once...

Loyal reader donates kidney to longtime j weekly editor

By SUE BARNETT

SAN FRANCISCO (j. weekly) — Toby Adelman loves to put people together; she has been doing so with gusto her entire life. But last month, the 54-year-old San Jose resident outdid herself with the most extraordinary — and personal — connection she’s ever made. Adelman donated one of her kidneys to someone she met only two weeks before the surgery, but with whom she already felt a deep,...