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AIPAC Louisiana to hold briefing next Wednesday night

The state’s  American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly referred as AIPAC Louisiana, has announced a community briefing in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

The event will be held  at the home of Hans and Donna Sternberg and will feature guest speaker Douglas Murray, the Associate Director at the Henry Jackson Society. Murray is the founder of the United Kingdom’s Centre for Social Cohesion, a think tank...

Israel aids Sandy victims and Ghana mall collapse

(JNS.org) Just days after Israel Flying Aid, an Israeli global humanitarian organization, distributed supplies of gas, food, batteries and generators to Hurricane Sandy victims, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Homefront Command delegation departed for Ghana to assist search-and-rescue efforts following the collapse of a multi-story shopping center in the city of Accra that killed at least four people and trapped dozens.

Israel Flying Aid used donations from Israelis living in...

Producer of anti-muslim film that sparked riots sentenced to jail for probation violations

(JTA) — An Egyptian Christian who was one of the key figures behind an anti-Islam film that sparked violence in the Middle East and elsewhere was sentenced to prison. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, of Los Angeles, who reportedly wrote and produced “Innocence of Muslims,” was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to a year in federal prison for probation violations.

Youssef, also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula,...

Judge to Maariv workers: start the presses!

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Tel Aviv court ordered striking employees of the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv back to work. A district court judge on Wednesday called the first work stoppage in the newspaper’s 64-year history a “wildcat” strike and told the employees to file a complaint against the new management instead of making “their own rules.”

The Hebrew-language paper was not printed Wednesday and its website NRG also was not...

Loughner receives 7 life sentences plus 140 years in Giffords shooting

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jared Loughner, who seriously wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others in a shooting spree in January 2011, was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences and 140 years. Now retired from Congress due to her injuries, Giffords (D-Ariz.), had her first encounter with Loughner, 24, since the shooting at a Tucson shopping center. She attended the sentencing hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in that...

Updated: Dana Kaplan in runoff for District B Council seat

Newcomer Dana Kaplan, who identifies as a Jew, has entered into the runoff election for the District B Council seat with an impressive first parlay into politics following a draft campaign to entice her to run. The Manhattan-born brunette who has made a name for herself as a champion of children’s rights and crime prevention came in second to first round leader LaToya Cantrell and will be in a runoff...

U.S. Jewish House battles recounted

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON (JTA and CCJN) — The voters have spoken and several key races with Jewish candidates involved are now resolved. First in California it was a question of which Jew would prevail. Two veteran pro-Israel lawmakers fought an often ugly battle in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley following a redistricting plan. After all the results were tallied, Rep. Brad Sherman soundly defeated fellow veteran California Democrat Rep....

Jewish Senate hopefuls defeated

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish Senate hopefuls in Hawaii, Ohio and Nevada went down to defeat. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) lost her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who received nearly 46 percent of the vote to Berkley’s nearly 45 percent. Berkley, an outspoken supporter of Israel who has had a long-running feud with Las Vegas casino tycoon and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, will leave Congress after 14 years...

Maariv daily workers go on strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The staff of Maariv has gone on strike for the first time in the Israeli daily newspaper’s 64-year history. The Hebrew-language paper was not printed Wednesday and its website NRG has not been updated since Tuesday evening, when the employees walked off the job.

The action comes following the newspaper’s sale to Shlomo Ben Zvi, who the strikers say has violated the collective agreement he signed with...

Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

By JTA STAFF

NEW YORK (JTA) — A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and the remarkable tales of human kindness.

Houses of prayer as places of refuge

Some...