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Scandanavian Jews brace for possible bans on circumcision

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Untrained rabbis mutilating hysterical babies while black-clad men stand around praying: The description of a Jewish circumcision in the mainstream Danish media indicates the xenophobia creeping through Scandinavia, some Jewish leaders fear. “Around the baby stand ten black-clad men – a must in every Jewish circumcision,” the text declares. “As usual in Judaism, women aren’t allowed to be present. An untrained rabbi mutilates the baby, who...

Davis to receive coveted Salmon Award

The New Orleans Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has announced the recipient of the 2012 Harold G. Salmon Award as Ina Weber Davis. Davis, a former president of NCJW from 2007-2010, had been credited with reinvigorating the organization following the devastation associated with the Hurricane Katrina-related flooding.  Davis has been a highly visible member of the organization, serving to  helping to organize political debates and forums...

Stockholm staged ‘kipah’ walk Sunday

(JTA) – Several hundred kipah-wearing Jews and non-Jews marched in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews. Some 400 marchers gathered Saturday outside the synagogue in Malmo and walked to Mollevangs Square, a part of the city with many Muslim immigrants from the Middle East. Speakers included Brigitta Ohlsson, minister for European Affairs;  Willy Silberstein, head of the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism; Social Democratic politician Lucian Astudillo; and...

Increased Israel chatter on Iran sends message to Washington

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — How much noise does Israel’s leadership have to make to get the Obama administration to say what it wants to hear about Iran? It’s a question now preoccupying Israel, along with its corollary: How much noise is too much and risks precipitating a crisis between Jerusalem and its closest ally?

Some Israeli analysts say that pronounced signals from their country’s leadership in recent days...

British Chief Rabbi stops supporting charity

(JTA) – Great Britain’s chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, has resigned as a supporter of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign. Sacks said he was unable to continue working with the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust after it sent supporters details of an initiative organized by the Quaker Council for European Affairs that attacks European Union trade links with Israel, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.

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Hadassah New Orleans chapter holds installation today

The New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah will install several officers for the calendar year at its meeting today. Although president Julie Schwartz will retain her position for the forthcoming year, several other officers will change their terms or begin new terms of office. Terri Gross, an attorney formerly associated with the now merged Northshore chapter, will serve as installing officer.

Faye Lala, who is currently serving as treasurer, will begin...

Touro Synagogue Choir retreat announced

Touro Synagogue Cantor Jamie Marx announced a retreat for the Touro Synagogue Adult Choir this weekend. The retreat will be located at the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Pontchatoula administered by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This retreat will allow the 32-member choir to practice as well as to commune with nature and work with each other in other ways, according to Marx. Unlike the similar Manrisa retreat compound, which...

Hal Ungar appointed to new Young Judaea national inaugural board of directors

Hal Ungar, a local attorney, and lifelong member of Young Judaea has been appointed to the national inaugural board of directors, charged with revitalizing the 103-year-old institution. A split with the national Hadassah executive board was announced in early July, making Young Judaea an independent organization for the very first time. “I like to think of this phase as a transition and not a separation because Young Judaea will never...

Knesset confirms Dichter as home front defense minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Knesset approved the appointment of former lawmaker Avi Dichter as home front defense minister. The 41-26 vote on Thursday came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet unanimously approved the appointment. Dichter had resigned from the opposition Kadima Party and the Knesset on Tuesday in order to join the government in a ministerial position. The former director of Israel’s Shin Bet security service and ex-minister of internal...

Kiwi sailor says part of gold medal “belongs to Israel”

SYDNEY (JTA) — Jo Aleh, the New Zealand Jewish Olympian who won gold in the sailing regatta, said part of her medal “belongs to Israel.” Aleh, the New Zealand-born daughter of dual Israeli and Kiwi citizens Shuki Shukrun and Daniella Aleh, clinched gold last week in the women’s 470 sailing event with her partner Olivia “Polly” Powrie. Her parents were on hand to witness the triumph.

The new Olympic champion...