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Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen Mountain

Wounded IDF vets ski Aspen Mountain

ASPEN — After Yinon Cohen lost his legs in an accident involving a rocket-propelled grenade, it wasn’t clear he’d ever be able to walk again, much less ski down a peak in the Rocky Mountains.

A fresh-faced soldier in the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Golani brigade, Cohen was in an advanced weapons training course in February, 2003 when his sergeant inadvertently fired an RPG, an explosive weapon capable of piercing armored vehicles, straight into his legs.

Just moments before, Cohen had been nodding off, and his exasperated sergeant ordered him to stand for the remainder of the class. That ended up saving Cohen’s life. Had he been seated, Cohen would have been struck in the torso and almost certainly killed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 16:54 )

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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 ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:48 )

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International

One-man campaign to save Karachi's Jewish cemetery

One-man campaign to save Karachi's Jewish cemeteryKARACHI — It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground — in Karachi’s lone Jewish cemetery. But that’s not quite so. Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father and Iranian Jewish mother, dares to call himself a Jew in a country where the Jewish minority began dwindling in the 1940s with the British partition of India and today has all but vanished. Benkhald also leads a one-man campaign to save the Karachi cemetery from being sold to provide more burial s...
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1997 Goldfogel murder solved

1997 Goldfogel murder solvedEighteen years after the brutal murder of Surle Goldfogel, a confession obtained from the killer’s mother has brought factual closure to the baffling case — but justice remains elusive. Jonathan Clinton, now identified as the man who killed Goldfogel on Jan. 25, 1997, died of complications from a heroin overdose in 2003. Right after the murder, Clinton, then 20, told his mother that he killed the 67-year-old widow — and she quickly provided her son with an alibi.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:19 )

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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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Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

Reid endorses Schumer for minority leader

Ben Harris The retiring Senate minority leader predicted that Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, would win the post without opposition. ... [Link]

France to work on UN draft resolution on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters he plans to move forward with drafting a Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Toulouse rabbi told to remove kippah at voting station

Cnaan Liphshiz Rabbi Avraham Weill complained to police of the alleged discrimination. ... [Link]

WATCH: Check out this year’s leading Passover parody videos

Julie Wiener If there had been just one “Uptown Funk” parody for Passover, Dayenu. But there are two. ... [Link]

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