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No 'Israel' on US passports

No 'Israel' on US passports

WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the Supreme Court decision that will keep “Israel” off the passports of Jerusalem-born Americans, begins by calling Jerusalem a “delicate subject.”

Competing claims to the Holy City were not the only timeworn and sensitive issue the justices contended with in their 6-3 decision on Monday, June 8, which upheld the State Department’s policy of not allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list “Israel” as their birthplace.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:23 )


To build or not to build? Fierce debate in Crestmoor

To build or not to build? Fierce debate in CrestmoorA battle in city planning went into the wee hours on Tuesday, June 9, at Denver’s City and County building. A group of Crestmoor Park residents went head to head against a Englewood development company that was seeking what had become a controversial rezoning of a lot at the corner of East Cedar Ave. and Monaco Pkwy. in Denver’s Council District 5. Though two council members remained uncertain during the voting, they ultimately sided with the developer. A few expressed turmoil over the deci...

Riskin expects to be challenged by Rabbinate on his progressive policies

Riskin expects to be challenged by Rabbinate on his progressive policiesTEL AVIV — There’s no shortage of Israelis who want to reform the office of the Chief Rabbinate. Ranging from advocates of religion-state separation to leaders of Israel’s non-Orthodox movements to newspaper columnists, some want to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over the country’s religious services; others want to dissolve it entirely. But last week, the Rabbinate appeared to have targeted a leader whose critique of Israel’s religious status quo is more subtle. Shlomo Riskin, chief...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )


For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not over

For Yazidis of Iraq, crisis is not overNEARLY ONE year ago, global media and public opinion raged over the humanitarian crisis and near genocide facing the Yazidi population of northern Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State as they advanced on the Sinjar region. At that time, major Western media outlets reported on the massacres inflicted on the Yazidis by IS, the enslavement and rape of young Yazidi women and girls and other atrocities the Yazidi minority were facing last summer. Since August, 2014, however, the airstrikes agains...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )


IJN wins four Rockower awards in Jewish journalism

IJN wins four Rockower awards in Jewish journalismThe Intermountain Jewish News won four Rockower Awards for 2014 in the January, 2015 competition sponsored by the American Jewish Press Association. The awards for excellence in Jewish journalism will be presented in November when the AJPA holds its annual conference and awards banquet in Washington, DC in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:17 )

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