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Greek minister resigns after hateful tweets

Greek minister resigns after hateful tweets

ATHENS — A minister in the new Greek government has resigned less than 48 hours after being appointed over an outcry about a series of anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets.

Dimitris Kammenos of the Independent Greeks Party had been appointed deputy transport minister following the Sept. 20 election. The Independent Greeks are the junior coalition partner in the government of the far-left Syriza party.


Ban on intermarried rabbis lifted

Ban on intermarried rabbis liftedWYNCOTE, Penn — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) has revoked its “Non-Jewish Partner” policy, which previously stated: “The RRC does not ordinarily admit or graduate as a rabbi a student married to, or in a committed relationship with, a non-Jew.” After an extended process, RRC faculty voted on September 21, 2015, to remove the barrier barring otherwise qualified candidates from applying to become rabbis. Simultaneously, RRC will cease the practice of disallowing curren...

Money, memory meet at Auschwitz

Money, memory meet at AuschwitzCRACOW — Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling complex in southern Poland that encompasses the largest and most notorious Nazi death camp. More than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered there.

Pro-Israel grassroots campus group soars

Pro-Israel grassroots campus group soarsACTIVISM. NOT re-activism. Education. Preparation. These are just a few of the mantras a new pro-Israel organization uses to encourage participation. Fast-growing Students Supporting Israel (SSI) was founded in 2012 at the University of Minnesota. Today, it has 43 chapters across four countries. Last month, SSI held its first-ever national conference, which was attended by 50 pro-Israel leaders from 28 college campuses.

Temple Mount status quo rocked

Temple Mount status quo rockedJERUSALEM (JTA) — Relative quiet returned to the Temple Mount following three days of violence and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters. A group of religious Jewish tourists ascended the Temple Mount on Wednesday, Sept. 16, reportedly without incident, though a video circulated later in the day showed Muslim demonstrators chanting “G-d is great” in Arabic and one demonstrator being arrested.
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Palestinian assailant killed in stabbing attack

Marcy Oster Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man, 21, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during a raid on the West Bank town of Qatanna, near Jerusalem, which turned up stolen IDF uniforms and weapons. ... [Link]

Lone soldiers from North America attend Thanksgiving dinner in Tel Aviv

Marcy Oster The 200 lone Israeli soldiers from North America will attend a special Thanksgiving dinner catered by a former lone soldier from New York. ... [Link]

Argentinean rabbi tapped as government minister

Marcy Oster Rabbi Sergio Bergman, who will start his new position on December 10 when the new government is sworn in, is believed to be the only rabbi serving as a government minister outside of Israel. ... [Link]

Despite Jewish security concerns, new kosher supermarket opens in Berlin

Marcy Oster The store’s owners are optimistic for its success, despite security concerns and the recent European Union decision to require relabeling of products made in the West Bank and Golan Heights, ... [Link]

Anne Frank’s diary to be published online in challenge to copyright

Julie Wiener Plans to publish Anne Frank’s diary online in January are challenges to the foundation that owns the rights to the book and is seeking to extend its copyright by naming her father, Otto, a co-au... [Link]

Meet Oren Hazan, Israel’s most scandalous lawmaker

Ben Sales Allegations against the freshman lawmaker have run the gamut from drugs to sex to bigotry. ... [Link]

How the Chabad rebbe helped create food stamps, and other Jewish Medal of Freedom stories

Ron Kampeas While Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson didn’t receive any credit at the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, Judaism got plenty of love. ... [Link]

For Jimmy Carter’s chief of staff, being Jewish was a family secret

Gabrielle Birkner For Kathleen Jordan, finishing the memoir of her late father, Hamilton Jordan, was a labor of love, a way to process her grief and an exercise in embracing her own Southern identity. ... [Link]

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