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Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan village

Lev Tahor not welcome in Guatemalan village

GUATEMALA CITY — Members of the controversial haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor left a Guatemalan village following religiously tainted disputes with its Roman Catholic Mayan residents.

Over 200 members of the community began leaving Aug. 28 after local leaders said they would cut services to Lev Tahor members.

The move is one of many recent disruptions for the group, which has been targeted with child abuse allegations in Canada.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:22 )

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Israel

During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support

During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for supportTEL AVIV — When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had died fighting in Gaza, she knew the army had lost a fellow lone soldier. The official announcement came soon afterward as Kleyman, 19, was sitting in a Tel Aviv cafe on furlough: The fallen soldier was her friend, Texas native Sean Carmeli. “I asked Sean’s last name and said ‘please don’t be Carmeli, please don’t be Carmeli,’ ” Kleym...
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International

Mumbai Chabad house to reopen

MUMBAI — The reconstructed Chabad house in Mumbai, which closed after a terror attack six years ago, is set to reopen. Nariman House, the six-story home of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, was rededicated Tuesday, Aug. 26. A series of attacks in the Indian city in November, 2008 by members of a Pakistan-based terror group left 166 people dead, including six at the Mumbai Chabad house, which was targeted along with luxury hotels, a train station and a popular cafe. Chabad emissaries Gabriel and R...
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Local

Activists invade JEWISHcolorado

Activists invade JEWISHcoloradoLAST week, a Jewish group entered JEWISHcolorado on false pretenses and delivered a petition demanding that the national federation system make an immediate public statement to end “the siege of Gaza.” Five or more members of Front Range Jewish Voice for Peace, a staunchly pro-Palestinian faction, also recited Kaddish for Palestinians killed in the conflict. They did not offer up the solemn prayer for dead Israelis. Janet Sherman, JEWISHcolorado’s director of the JCRC and Israel engagem...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2014 08:20 )

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International

Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboards

Anti-Semitic slurs on New Zealand billboardsSYDNEY — Campaign billboards in New Zealand were defaced with anti-Semitic slurs about Prime Minister John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe. Ahead of the election on Sept. 20, several billboards were daubed last week, the local media reported. One billboard was scrawled with the words “Lying Jew c***sucker” and defaced the image of Key with a black hat and sidelocks. Key, the leader of the conservative National Party, is seeking a third term in office. “I just find it disa...
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Two Israelis killed in Nepal bus accident

Julie Wiener Two Israelis were killed and at least three wounded in a tourist bus accident Friday in Nepal. ... [Link]

From the Archive: The funeral (and TV movie) of Klinghoffer

Raffi Wineburg Decades before thousands would show up to protest “The Death of Klinghoffer,” over 1,000 came to honor the death of Klinghoffer. ... [Link]

Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, pioneering online Talmud teacher, dies at 56

Raffi Wineburg Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, founder and director of online Talmud study program MAQOM and author of numerous books, has died. ... [Link]

Nominations open for NBN Bonei Zion Prize for outstanding immigrants

Marcy Oster Nominations have opened for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizing outstanding English-speaking immigrants to Israel. ... [Link]

Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

Marcy Oster Lawyers for an American of Palestinian descent accused of concealing her conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel are seeking to bar references to terrorism at her trial. ... [Link]

Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent claim that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. ... [Link]

Danish health director: No reason to ban circumcision

Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark’s national health authority does not think non-medical circumcision is risky enough to justify a ban on it, the body’s director said. ... [Link]

European rabbis seek laws singling out anti-Semitic hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews. ... [Link]

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