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Refugee crisis: Israeli doctors pluck children from the water

Refugee crisis: Israeli doctors pluck children from the water

LESBOS, Greece — As the small rubber dinghy crowded with Syrians and Afghans emerged from the midnight-black sea to land on a desolate pebble beach, the first people to greet the bewildered and frightened refugees were two Israelis.

“Does anyone need a doctor?” Majeda Kardosh, 27, a nurse from Nazareth, shouted repeatedly in Arabic as the asylum seekers scrambled ashore amid cries of celebration and tears of relief at surviving the short but perilous crossing from Turkey to this Greek island.

Her team partner, Tali Shaltiel, 31, a physician from Jerusalem, stood knee deep in the water, helping a shivering 4-year-old girl out of her wet clothes and a pair of inflatable armbands that would have provided little protection had the overloaded boat capsized at sea.


Greek minister resigns after hateful tweets

Greek minister resigns after hateful tweetsATHENS — A minister in the new Greek government has resigned less than 48 hours after being appointed over an outcry about a series of anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets. Dimitris Kammenos of the Independent Greeks Party had been appointed deputy transport minister following the Sept. 20 election. The Independent Greeks are the junior coalition partner in the government of the far-left Syriza party.

Ban on intermarried rabbis lifted

Ban on intermarried rabbis liftedWYNCOTE, Penn — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) has revoked its “Non-Jewish Partner” policy, which previously stated: “The RRC does not ordinarily admit or graduate as a rabbi a student married to, or in a committed relationship with, a non-Jew.” After an extended process, RRC faculty voted on September 21, 2015, to remove the barrier barring otherwise qualified candidates from applying to become rabbis. Simultaneously, RRC will cease the practice of disallowing curren...

Money, memory meet at Auschwitz

Money, memory meet at AuschwitzCRACOW — Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling complex in southern Poland that encompasses the largest and most notorious Nazi death camp. More than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there.

Pro-Israel grassroots campus group soars

Pro-Israel grassroots campus group soarsACTIVISM. NOT re-activism. Education. Preparation. These are just a few of the mantras a new pro-Israel organization uses to encourage participation. Fast-growing Students Supporting Israel (SSI) was founded in 2012 at the University of Minnesota. Today, it has 43 chapters across four countries. Last month, SSI held its first-ever national conference, which was attended by 50 pro-Israel leaders from 28 college campuses.
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Joel Rubin, who helped pass Iran nuclear deal, running for Congress

Marcy Oster Rubin is the former U.S. State Department’s chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, who worked for the successful passage of the Iran nuclear weapons deal in Congress. ... [Link]

Terror cell members that killed Israeli couple arrested

Marcy Oster U.S. State Department spokesman Marc Toner confirmed that Rabbi Eitam Henkin, who with his wife Na’ama was killed in the West Bank attack, was an American citizen. ... [Link]

Austrian Jewish historian begins jail term for restitution fraud

Cnaan Liphshiz Stephan Templ, who wrote a book blasting Vienna’s theft of Jewish assets, is to be released in 2017. ... [Link]

Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

Jas Chana Rabbi Mark Mallach explains why his synagogue is celebrating Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on one day. ... [Link]

Why Israelis are fearing a third intifada

Ben Sales The slow-burning Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flamed up in the past week with a series of terror attacks, but it has happened before. ... [Link]

What became of Holocaust survivor thought a victim?

mbrodsky A Brazilian man’s discovery at a Polish museum launches a search for his great-aunt’s family; maybe even his great-aunt. ... [Link]

Italian synagogue damaged in severe storm

mbrodsky Some of the windows were shattered and pictures showed glass littering the interior of the sanctuary in Tuscany. ... [Link]

Funerals held for 2 Jerusalem stabbing victims

mbrodsky Thousands attended the rites in Jerusalem for a 41-year-old rabbi and 22-year-old soldier killed in an Old City terrorist attack. ... [Link]

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