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Memorial promenade planned for three kidnapped boys

Memorial promenade planned for three kidnapped boys

NEARLY A year after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the community in which they lived is determined to transform the scene of their abduction into a place of safety and beauty.

Community leaders of Gush Etzion call their project “The Boys’ Promenade,” in memory of yeshiva students Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah who on June 12, 2014, were kidnapped at a bus stop by Hamas terrorists posing as Israelis. The abductors murdered the youths within minutes.

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Lining up a Jewish rogues' gallery

Lining up a Jewish rogues' galleryNEW YORK — Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for surreptitiously videotaping naked women in the mikveh shower room adjacent to his synagogue. The sentence meted out on May 15 in DC Superior Court represented 45 days each for the 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism to which Freundel, the longtime rabbi of the Orthodox Washington congregation Kesher Israel, pleaded guilty in February. The terms will be served successively. Prosecutors had sought 17 years for Freundel, ...
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Gutow stepping down from JCPA

Gutow stepping down from JCPANEW YORK — Rabbi Steve Gutow is stepping down after leading the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for 10 years. Gutow, the JCPA president and CEO, will stay in place while the public policy umbrella searches for a new leader, but will focus on interfaith and environmental projects and will leave day-to-day management to Ethan Felson, the body’s senior vice president, according to a JCPA statement released May 14.
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JEWISHcolorado continues to raise funds for Nepal

JEWISHcolorado continues to raise funds for NepalIn the wake of a second earthquake to hit Nepal, JEWISHcolorado announces that its Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund continues to collection donations to to assist rescue and aid operations. Two and a half weeks after the catastrophic 7.8 earthquake took thousands of lives in Nepal on April 25, the already-traumatized Nepalese people were affected by yet another large scale quake.
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Yes we can, can, can

Yes we can, can, canTEL AVIV — From the wrong angle, it looks like a bunch of unevenly stacked tuna cans, as if someone in the grocery store did a bad job. Look at it from the other direction, and its shape becomes clear: The cans are, in fact, a sculpture of a giant open hand holding a bag of clementines. That’s the idea behind “Come and See What Cans Can Be,” an exhibit of seven artworks constructed almost entirely from canned food.
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For Biden and congresswoman ally, Iran deal tests Jewish bond

Ron Kampeas DNC head Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said the vice president is “like mishpokhe,” but now she’s under pressure to back the White House on the Iran deal. ... [Link]

Ask Google: Who runs Hollywood? Answer: The Jews

Uriel Heilman Google says it is fixing a bug wherein users who type “Who runs Hollywood?” end up with the following search result: “the Jews.” ... [Link]

How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

Ron Kampeas How important was Jeb Bush’s call to his dad in the Operation Joshua saga? ... [Link]

Leading Jewish senator Ben Cardin opposes Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Cardin makes it harder to get to 41 senators needed to block a vote disapproving the deal. The presidential veto, however, is assured. ... [Link]

French Jews advised to avoid use of the term Zionism

Cnaan Liphshiz Stanley Greenberg, a prominent American political strategist from the United States, advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews. ... [Link]

Hasidic pilot hailed for ‘averting tragedy’ in N.J. crash landing

Uriel Heilman The Hasidic Coast Guard pilot who crash-landed in NJ originally had to fight the Coast Guard years ago for the right to wear his yarmulke. ... [Link]

Does Donald Trump know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah?

Gabe Friedman When asked about the two militant groups, Trump said the difference does not matter to him yet. ... [Link]

Czech author of first women’s prayer book commemorated

Cnaan Liphshiz Czech and Israeli officials unveiled a plaque in memory of Fanny Neuda, a 19th-century scholar and wife of a rabbi from a town in the east of the Czech Republic. ... [Link]

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