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Women of Wall near agreement

Women of Wall near agreement

JERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area.

The report Monday, Jan. 27, in Haaretz was corroborated on the organization’s Facebook page.

The agreement comes after months of negotiations between the organization and an Israeli government committee.

In October, the Women of the Wall presented 16 conditions under which the group would move its monthly prayer service to an egalitarian section of the Western Wall’s plaza now under construction.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:55 )

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International

Swedish, Danish docs call for ban on bris

COPENHAGEN — Large medical associations in Sweden and Denmark recommended banning non-medical circumcision of boys. In Sweden, the recommendation came in a resolution that was unanimously adopted last week by the ethics council of the Sweden Medical Association — a union whose members constitute 85% of the country’s physicians, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reported on Jan. 25. It recommended setting 12 as the minimum age for the procedure and the boy’s consent. Jewish ritual circumcisio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:49 )

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National

$100,000 to disabilities advocate

$100,000 to disabilities advocateBOSTON — The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation awarded Harvard University professor Michael Stein with its first Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The $100,000 award announced this week recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish world and the greater public, and awards the potential for future contributions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53 )

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International

Knesset visits Auschwitz

Knesset visits AuschwitzOSWIECIM, Poland — Watching thousands of Poles dance to Klezmer music just 50 miles from the Auschwitz death camp, Johnny Daniels could feel an ambitious plan taking shape. The experience last year at Cracow’s annual Jewish Culture Festival prompted Daniels, a 28-year-old Israeli and Holocaust educator, to organize the largest-ever Knesset delegation to Auschwitz. Nearly half the Israeli parliament was in Poland Monday, Jan. 27, to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 69th ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:15 )

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Israel

UNESCO kills exhibit on Jewish tie to Israel

UNESCO kills exhibit on Jewish tie to IsraelJERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed UNESCO, the cultural arm of the UN, for canceling the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel. “The explanation given was that it would harm the [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations,” Netanyahu said Sunday, Jan. 19, at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting. “It would not harm the negotiations. Negotiations are based on facts, on the truth, which is never harmful.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:35 )

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