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Sharansky fears for Europe’s Jews

Sharansky fears for Europe’s Jews

PARIS — On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Light.

But the Sharanskys didn’t follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was an itinerary that demonstrated a different kind of commitment.

“Avital is taking me to see all the places where she organized protest rallies for my release,” Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, told JTA in a July 3 interview at his organization’s Paris headquarters.

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International

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcisionOSLO — The leader of Norway’s Jewish community praised his country’s parliament for passing an act regulating ritual circumcision for boys. “The act changes the paradigm of the debate about ritual circumcision in Norway in a very positive way and is therefore very significant,” Ervin Kohn, president of the Jewish community in Oslo, told JTA. “I am proud of my parliament and country for making the right decision, that will put Norway on the path to becoming a place where neonatal ci...
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National

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby rulingWASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees. Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought against requirements in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it is the president’s signature first-term legislation.
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Israel

With discovery of bodies, national ordeal ends in tragedy

With discovery of bodies, national ordeal ends in tragedyTEL AVIV — A national ordeal here ended in tragedy as three Israeli teenagers kidnapped last month were found dead near Hebron. The discovery of their bodies Monday night, June 30, by the Israeli army and volunteer searchers brings to an unhappy conclusion the intensive effort to find the missing teens. Eyal Yifrah, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped June 12 while hitchhiking near the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. All three were studying in West Bank yeshiva...
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Local

Commemoration services held for murdered Israeli teens

Commemoration services held for murdered Israeli teensLocal synagogues are holding commemoration services for the three kidnapped Israeli youths, Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar, whose bodies were recovered on June 30, 2014 near Hebron in the West Bank. BMH-BJ is holding a community memorial service to express grief and solidarity with the families of Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar, and the state of Israel on Wednesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m., at the synagogue. Cantor Joel Lichterman is coordinating the service. Speakers ...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:43 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Polish Jews split over plan to exhume massacre victims

Cnaan Liphshiz A planned Polish investigation of the 1941 massacre in Wasosz is pitting the religious imperative of protecting the dignity of the dead against the desire for historic justice. ... [Link]

Leading Likudnik Gideon Saar stepping away from politics

Marcy Oster Interior Minister Gideon Saar, touted as the favorite to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, said he will “take a break” from politics. ... [Link]

Lone soldiers’ parents being brought to Israel for holiday visits

Marcy Oster The parents of 77 lone soldiers in Israel who fought in the recent Gaza operation are being brought to Israel to spend the High Holidays with their children. ... [Link]

At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

Uriel Heilman Gadhafi and Chavez are gone, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be theatrics at this year’s U.N. General Assembly. ... [Link]

‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

Uriel Heilman Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.” ... [Link]

Joel Levy named president and CEO of Center for Jewish History

Marcy Oster Joel Levy is the new president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York City. ... [Link]

Cool Bries: Trailblazing cheese whiz prepping special holiday fare

mbrodsky A self-dubbed “Cheese Guy” in suburban New York City has earned praise for his dairy creations. And he has something special planned for the High Holidays. ... [Link]

Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

Marcy Oster An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers. ... [Link]

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