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UNESCO resolution on Rachel's Tomb is distortion of the truth

NEW YORK — Chairman Stephen Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman-CEO Malcolm Hoenlein issued the following statement on behalf of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations denouncing the UNESCO resolution designating Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as solely Muslim holy places:

“The passage of the Palestinian-initiated resolution by the executive board of UNESCO is offensive and a distortion of history.


Jerusalem's mayor speaks to North American Jews

Jerusalem's mayor speaks to North American JewsIn a tone that might be described as reluctant defiance, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat last week asked for the support of American Jews during the violent Palestinian unrest that has racked his city and country in recent weeks. Highlighting his message to members of Jewish Federations of North America and the American Jewish press in a telephone conference on Thursday, Oct. 15 was Barkat’s conviction that the violence is the result of “the very powerful incitement of a population by the Palest...

Hick returns from Israel

Hick returns from IsraelOn Monday, Oct. 19, Gov. John Hickenlooper and a Colorado delegation of business and academic leaders concluded a two-week economic development trip that included Israel. He visited Tel Aviv University, the National Cyber Bureau and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, where Hickenlooper helped ring the opening bell Monday morning.

Attacks have Jerusalemites learning self-defense

The current wave of terrorist stabbing attacks has left many Israelis living in Jerusalem and the rest of the country on edge. In light of the current security situation, the Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Jerusalem has started to offer Jerusalem residents the opportunity to learn the necessary self-defense techniques for fending off potential stabbing attacks. “One of the residents of the Nachlaot neighborhood [near Jerusalem’s city center] sought to organize a self-defense tr...

United to add a San Francisco-Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV — United Airlines is adding a San Francisco-Tel Aviv route. United will begin the direct flight in April, the Israeli business daily Globes reported last week. It will offer three flights per week from each airport using Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 passenger jets. United Airlines Israel managing director Avi Friedman told Globes that the opening of the new route was in response to demand from customers, “especially businessmen and high-tech people.”
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JTA News

Half of Birthright applicants flunked this Israel test – can you do better?

Gabe Friedman To test your own knowledge, try JTA’s interactive quiz made up of 15 of the study’s questions. ... [Link]

The ‘Jewish refugee’ who was a Nazi, and other illuminating facts

Ron Kampeas The United States grappled with how to deal with a refugee crisis, and folks complained that they would harbor hostile infiltrators. Five facts about Jewish refugees hoping for U.S. entry in the 1930s... [Link]

United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

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