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Foley, Sotloff honored in memory of Pearl

PALM BEACH — James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.

The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Feb. 6 during the organization’s National Executive Committee meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

Foley, an Illinois native, was killed in Syria in August after being held hostage by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for nearly two years. He was captured while reporting in Syria, near the Turkish border. He had worked in northern Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

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Brandeis president resigns

Brandeis president resignsWALTHAM — For all of the controversies that Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence endured over the past few months, the failures that ultimately doomed his tenure were more fundamental, insiders say: His fundraising just wasn’t good enough and his administrative track record was wanting. On Jan. 30, Lawrence announced that this would be his last semester at the Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian university in Waltham, Mass., outside of Boston. “After careful consideration, and in ...

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Seattle's Jewish population soars 70%

SEATTLE — A study found that Seattle’s Jewish population has increased by 70% since 2001. The newly released Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study, which was conducted by a research team from Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Jewish Studies, tallied the region’s Jewish population at 63,400. It also found that 89% of Jews in the area are college graduates. “Given how Seattle has developed economically, it makes sense,” Leonard Saxe, one of the study’s authors and a Brandeis ...
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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...

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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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Ban Palestinian speaker with terrorist ties, Brussels university urged

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Full video and text: Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

Gabrielle Birkner The transcript of Netanyahu’s March 3 speech before Congress. ... [Link]

Netanyahu to Congress: Deal with Iran paves way to bomb

Uriel Heilman The Israeli prime minister urged Congress to reject the emerging nuclear deal with Iran: “It’s a very bad deal,” he said. “We’re better off without it.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Mapplethorpe’ moment

Julie Wiener In 2002, the actor best known for his role on “Star Trek,” generated a small storm with his black-and-white photographs of women clad in nothing but prayer shawls and tefillin. ... [Link]

Activist Yehuda Glick can pray at Temple Mount, Jerusalem court rules

Marcy Oster Glick was wrongfully prohibited from visiting the Temple Mount for two years, an Israeli court found. ... [Link]

North American federations fund scholarships for students living near Gaza

Marcy Oster The students, who live in Sderot and other southern Israeli communities that came under attack during last summer’s conflict with Gaza, attend academic institutions in southern Israel. ... [Link]

Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

Ron Kampeas Why the New Jersey Democrat thrilled the crowd at this year’s pro-Israel conference. ... [Link]

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