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Vaccinations down, measles up

Vaccinations down, measles up

LOS ANGELES — A recent measles outbreak originating at Disneyland that has infected more than 50 people has returned the issue of declining immunization rates to the national headlines.

California health officials report that the outbreak began at the Anaheim theme park in mid-December and quickly spread throughout the country, helped along in part by the growing influence of the anti-immunization movement, which sees vaccines as unhealthy and linked to disorders such as autism.

Multiple studies have shown no link between vaccines and autism.

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Nations to unite against terrorism

Nations to unite against terrorismWASHINGTON — These are the lessons of the Paris attacks for American Jews and US law enforcement: Keep calm and cooperate. Enhanced communication between governments has been a key element of America’s counterterrorism successes since 9/11, experts say, and more is planned in the wake of last week’s attacks in France that left 17 dead. President Obama announced this week that Washington will host a summit on Feb. 18 aimed at improving communications between nations that are would be targ...
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Penn group nixes Chris Hedges, who compared Israel to ISIS

NEW YORK — Former New York Times Middle East bureau chief Chris Hedges said he was disinvited to speak at a University of Pennsylvania conference following a column comparing Israel to ISIS. Hedges, now a columnist for the Truthdig.com website, was to speak at an April forum on prospects for peace in the Middle East sponsored by the university’s International Affairs Assn. Zachary Michael Belnavis, a student leader of the association, wrote to the lecture agency that his group didn’t see...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:02 )

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USY kills ban on interfaith dating

USY kills ban on interfaith datingNEW YORK – United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews. The amendment was adopted Dec. 22 in Atlanta at the annual international convention of the Conservative movement’s youth group. The change affects the 100 or so teen officers who serve on USY’s national board and 17 regional boards. The thousands of teens who participate in USY programs have not been subject to any such bans.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:00 )

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Our responsibility as Americans and Jews to welcome immigrants

LIVELY OPINION “FOR MORE than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.” So began President Obama’s speech two weeks ago, as he announced executive action on immigration to increase border security, retain skilled immigrants to benefit our economy, prioritize deportations to focus on criminals, and create a mechanism for certain undocumented immigrants to become accountable citizens. The legality of thi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 15:05 )

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Synagogue launches religious court case to evict Rabbi Barry Freundel

Ron Kampeas Kesher Israel has gone to the Beit Din of America to oust its former rabbi, who is facing charges of voyeurism, from his synagogue-owned residence. ... [Link]

For Haifa woman, a needle-in-a-haystack search

mbrodsky Miriam Grab has almost nothing to go on in her search for relatives from her father’s Czech family wiped out in the Holocaust – not even names. ... [Link]

Portugal adopts return law for Jewish descendants

mbrodsky The legislation, to be made public next month, offers citizenship to some descendants of Sephardic Jews. ... [Link]

Senators waiting on Palestinian aid pending review of ICC moves

Ron Kampeas Seventy-five senators pledged not to support assistance until the Obama administration reviews the admittance of Palestine to the International Criminal Court. ... [Link]

Decades after he fled, Austria celebrates Nobel laureate Martin Karplus’ amateur photography

Ben Harris The Vienna-born octogenarian chemist took the photographs on his travels in the 1950s but only began exhibiting them publicly a decade ago. ... [Link]

Greet Muslim visitors with Israeli flag, Texas lawmaker tells staff

Ron Kampeas Ask Muslims to renounce terrorism and swear allegiance to the United States, too, the state rep. instructed. ... [Link]

Iran sanctions bill advances

Ron Kampeas A key Senate committee moved the measure to the full Senate, but it won’t be considered by the body until March 24 at the earliest. ... [Link]

Alberto Nisman laid to rest where AMIA victims are buried

Ben Sales The prosecutor in the AMIA Jewish center bombing was buried in the “Martyrs Section” of the main Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires. ... [Link]

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