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Oldest synagogue in Georgia to host prime minister

Oldest synagogue in Georgia to host prime minister

TBILISI, Georgia — The prime minister of the Caucasus nation of Georgia is scheduled to attend the anniversary of the country’s oldest functioning synagogue, leaders of Georgia’s Jewish community said.

The ceremony in Oni, a municipality located on a mountain ridge 120 miles northwest of the capital Tbilisi, is set to take place on Sept. 2 at the historic building, which was built 120 years ago, according to Micho Benzion, an Oni-born shochet, or Jewish ritual slaughterer, who now lives in Tbilisi.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:44 )

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Sir Winton, British 'Schindler,' to appear on stamp

Sir Winton, British 'Schindler,' to appear on stampLONDON — Britain’s Royal Mail said it will issue a commemorative stamp featuring Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler.” The decision was in response to a campaign launched late last month by the website British jewishnews.co.uk. As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, an online petition calling for the stamp had garnered nearly 106,000 signatures.
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Secret deal allows Iran to inspect itself

Secret deal allows Iran to inspect itself Iran has a secret agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency enabling it to choose its own experts to inspect its Parchin nuclear site. In a finding that could have implications for the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the US, the Associated Press reported Wednesday that it had obtained a document outlining a “separate side agreement worked out between [the United Nations agency] and Iran.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:47 )

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In Egypt, warming attitudes toward Jews

In Egypt, warming attitudes toward JewsCAIRO — It has been a particularly challenging summer for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Within one week in late June and early July, his attorney general was assassinated in the upscale Cairo suburb of Heliopolis and an Islamic State affiliate launched a two-day siege in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:31 )

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Kerry ‘reassuring’ Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

Kerry ‘reassuring’ Gulf Arabs on Iran dealDOHA, Qatar — A coalition of Persian Gulf Arab nations was reassured on the Iran nuclear deal after hearing Secretary of State John Kerry’s explanation, the Qatari foreign minister said. Khalid Bin Mohammed al-Attiyah told reporters Monday in Doha, where Qatar was hosting a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting with Kerry, that the council’s members “welcomed what has been displayed and talked about” by Kerry. Al-Attiyah said the secretary of state “let us know that there’s going to b...
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Jewish former lawmakers urge backing for Iran nuclear deal

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Orthodox students at Dartmouth press for stricter kashrut

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Parents of Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff reflect on first anniversary of his slaying

Julie Wiener On the eve of the first anniversary of their son’s murder by ISIS, Arthur and Shirley Sotloff said they had held out hope for his survival because his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. ... [Link]

Marvin Mandel, Maryland’s only Jewish governor, dies at 95

Julie Wiener Mandel earned kudos for policy victories, but a fraud conviction in 1977 forced him to leave office and sent him to prison. ... [Link]

Hungarian official booed off Jewish festival stage for defending disinvited singer

Julie Wiener The heckling came after Csaba Latorcai defended Maria Petras, who had been scheduled to appear at the festival but was disinvited amid allegations of anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

Gabe Friedman The Sept. 8 match will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on Palestinian players. ... [Link]

NHL lawyer excels for league and family – can she make history?

mbrodsky Some foresee Jessica Berman, 37, as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. But the New Yorker may have made an even greater impact since her husband’s stroke. ... [Link]

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