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New arrangement at Western Wall

New arrangement at Western Wall

TEL AVIV — Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31, approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall.

The non-Orthodox prayer section at the Wall will become much larger and more accessible. Orthodox control of the Orthodox section will also be solidified.

The deal, a copy of which JTA obtained ahead of the Cabinet vote, still contains a few unknowns.

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Israel and Brazil in envoy furor

Israel and Brazil in envoy furorRIO DE JANEIRO — Israel’s deputy foreign minister said Brazil is likely to fuel a diplomatic crisis by withholding consent for its choice of ambassador, a former settler leader. Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, declared Sunday, Dec. 27, that the Jewish state will use a number of channels to secure the nomination of Dani Dayan, saying no other name will be put up for the post. President Dilma Rousseff withholding consent to Dani Dayan because of his settler background app...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:55 )

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Memorial to be held on anniversary of Hyper Cacher killings

PARIS (JTA) — A commemoration on the first anniversary of the murderous siege at a Paris kosher supermarket is for all the victims in terrorist slayings over a three-day period in January, the main Jewish umbrella group in France said. CRIF called on the general public to attend the memorial in a statement published last week on its website, which said the event planned for Jan. 9 at the Hyper Cacher market on the eastern outskirts of Paris was meant to remember the four Jews killed there and...
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France's chief rabbi 'indignant' at veterinarians' opposition to kosher, halal

France's chief rabbi 'indignant' at veterinarians' opposition to kosher, halalPARIS — France’s chief rabbi warned the country’s association of veterinarians of the “far-reaching” consequences of its recent opposition to the ritual slaughter of animals. Rabbi Haim Korsia expressed his concern regarding the position of France’s Order of Veterinarians in a letter he sent to the president of that association, Michel Baussier, the AFP news agency reported Dec. 17. Korsia expressed “indignation“ in the letter to a statement that Baussier had made in parliament...
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Berenson returns to US after 20-year ordeal in Peru

LIMA, Peru — Lori Berenson, the Jewish New Yorker whose imprisonment in Peru for aiding leftist rebels became a cause célèbre, is returning to the US after 20 years. Police escorted Berenson, 46, through the Lima airport on her way back to the US on Dec. 2. She was carrying her six-year-old son, Salvador, from her marriage to her attorney, Anibal Apari. The couple has divorced. In 1995, Berenson was convicted of treason by a panel of military judges for aiding leftist rebels in a plot to o...
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Orthodox trader, immigrant Harvard grad, killed by Manhattan crane collapse

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — A 38-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan. David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, w... [Link]

Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016. A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS gu... [Link]

Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier. The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zaka... [Link]

Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who replaced her with younger model

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – An Israeli fashion store’s decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women’s rights in that in... [Link]

Etan Patz parents seek reversal of ’04 conviction in murder case

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The parents of Etan Patz, a Jewish boy who was killed in 1979, are seeking the overturning of a 2004 judgement blaming a pedophile for the boy’s murder — which they claim was per... [Link]

Lithuanian Jewish leader seeks delay on naming alleged Nazi collaborators

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The leader of Lithuania’s  Jewish community supported a proposal to delay publishing the names of suspected Holocaust perpetrators out of concern for their families’ reputation and ... [Link]

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