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Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

OSLO — The leader of Norway’s Jewish community praised his country’s parliament for passing an act regulating ritual circumcision for boys.

“The act changes the paradigm of the debate about ritual circumcision in Norway in a very positive way and is therefore very significant,” Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo, told JTA.

“I am proud of my parliament and country for making the right decision, that will put Norway on the path to becoming a place where neonatal circumcision is a common practice, like in the US.”

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National

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby rulingWASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees. Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought against requirements in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it is the president’s signature first-term legislation.
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Israel

With discovery of bodies, national ordeal ends in tragedy

With discovery of bodies, national ordeal ends in tragedyTEL AVIV — A national ordeal here ended in tragedy as three Israeli teenagers kidnapped last month were found dead near Hebron. The discovery of their bodies Monday night, June 30, by the Israeli army and volunteer searchers brings to an unhappy conclusion the intensive effort to find the missing teens. Eyal Yifrah, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped June 12 while hitchhiking near the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. All three were studying in West Bank yeshiva...
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Local

Commemoration services held for murdered Israeli teens

Commemoration services held for murdered Israeli teensLocal synagogues are holding commemoration services for the three kidnapped Israeli youths, Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar, whose bodies were recovered on June 30, 2014 near Hebron in the West Bank. BMH-BJ is holding a community memorial service to express grief and solidarity with the families of Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar, and the state of Israel on Wednesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m., at the synagogue. Cantor Joel Lichterman is coordinating the service. Speakers ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:43 )

Israel

French, Ukraine Jews boost aliyah by 50%

JERUSALEM — Jewish immigration to Israel during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 50% over the corresponding period last year, mainly due to arrivals from France and Ukraine. In total, immigration to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their descendants during the first four months of 2014 increased by 50% over the first quarter of 2013, from 4,073 to 6,101, according to data compiled by the Jewish Agency for Israel ahead of its board of governors meeting, which was held this wee...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:17 )

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JTA News

Obama defends FAA’s temporary ban on Israel flights (video)

Ami Eden The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC: ... [Link]

Almost 80 years after ordination, the first woman rabbi finally gets her due

Julie Wiener Forgotten for almost half a century, Rabbi Regina Jonas inspires a tour and tribute featuring America’s first female Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox rabbis. ... [Link]

First female rabbi, Regina Jonas, commemorated at Terezin site

mbrodsky A memorial plaque to Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi, was unveiled at the former Nazi concentration camp Terezin in the Czech Republic. ... [Link]

Two Palestinians killed in mass protest north of Jerusalem

Ron Kampeas At least two Palestinians were killed at a mass demonstration at a crossing north of Jerusalem being held against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. ... [Link]

Israeli soccer team attacked in Austria

Marcy Oster Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters. ... [Link]

West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

Marcy Oster Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Isra... [Link]

Presidents Conference convening national solidarity day for Israel

Ron Kampeas The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is convening an Israel solidarity event in Washington for Jewish leaders. ... [Link]

IDF soldiers arrested for leaking casualty information on WhatsApp

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were arrested for using the text-messaging service WhatsApp to leak information on Gaza casualties. ... [Link]

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