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Canadian Jewish institutions ramp up security

Canadian Jewish institutions ramp up security

MONTREAL — Canadian Jewish institutions are stepping up security after the murder of two Canadian soldiers by homegrown pro-jihadist terrorists.

While it is not clear whether the two attacks, which included a shooting on Oct. 22 at the Parliament in the nation’s capital, were related, they have shaken a country that has experienced few acts of terrorism and has often felt immune from attack.

While no direct threats were reported against Jewish institutions, they reportedly are heightening security measures in response.

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RCA to review conversion system

RCA to review conversion systemNEW YORK — Tzipporah Laura LaFianza and her family have been living as Orthodox Jews for four years now. They reside in a heavily Jewish suburb of Washington, go to shul every Shabbat and keep a kosher kitchen. But they’re not Jewish — yet. A prospective Orthodox convert, LaFianza, 34, is still waiting for the all-clear from the local rabbinical court affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America so she and her family can immerse in the mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, and formally bec...
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International

‘Ordinary’ man saved 669 Jews

‘Ordinary’ man saved 669 JewsPRAGUE — A 105-year-old man known as the “British Oskar Schindler” — having saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis — received the Czech Republic’s highest honor Tuesday, Oct. 28. Sir Nicholas Winton was flown on a Czech military plane to Prague, where Czech President Milo Zeman awarded him the Order of the White Lion. Seven of the 669 children he rescued were present at Tuesday’s ceremony, which coincided with the Czechoslovak Independence Day. “I want to thank you a...
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Shana R Goldberg assistant publisher of the IJN

Shana R Goldberg assistant publisher of the IJNThe Intermountain Jewish News announces that Shana R. Goldberg has assumed the position of assistant publisher. Goldberg has been the IJN’s website editor since 2007, based in Zurich, Switzerland. She relocated to Denver in mid-October with her husband, Andreas Schmid. She will retain her position as online editor and assume new roles in taking the 101-year-old- weekly into the future. “I look forward to being able to participate in the rich Jewish life Denver has to offer, which up to no...
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Guiliani protests 'Death of Klinghoffer'

Guiliani protests 'Death of Klinghoffer'NEW YORK — Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be among several New York politicians who are expected to protest at the premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Among the politicians expected to join the rally are Reps. Eliot Engel and Peter King along with former Govs. George Pataki and David Paterson, the New York Observer reported. There will be a “heavy police presence” at the opening, according to the New York Post, which cited police sources....
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IDF nabs 2 armed Palestinians on Gaza Border

Cnaan Liphshiz Their infiltration was thwarted shortly after Islamists killed 27 in four attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. ... [Link]

Israel announces re-issuing of settlement housing tenders

Cnaan Liphshiz Palestinian official calls move ‘war crime’ but housing ministry says tenders have already been published onced before. ... [Link]

Facing extradition, Israeli ‘sex rabbi’ tells Dutch daily he survived Holocaust

Cnaan Liphshiz Scholar says no evidence supports Eliezer Berland’s claim in an interview on his fight against extradition. ... [Link]

Austrian watchdog records near doubling of anti-Semitic incidents

Cnaan Liphshiz The Forum Against Anti-Semitism in Vienna counted 255 instances in 2014 compared to 137 the previous year. ... [Link]

Scholar sues Illinois university for nixing his tenure over anti-Israel tweets

Cnaan Liphshiz Steven G. Salaita argues faculty and donors violated his right to free speech. ... [Link]

Synagogue launches religious court case to evict Rabbi Barry Freundel

Ron Kampeas Kesher Israel has gone to the Beit Din of America to oust its former rabbi, who is facing charges of voyeurism, from his synagogue-owned residence. ... [Link]

For Haifa woman, a needle-in-a-haystack search

mbrodsky Miriam Grab has almost nothing to go on in her search for relatives from her father’s Czech family wiped out in the Holocaust – not even names. ... [Link]

Portugal adopts return law for Jewish descendants

mbrodsky The legislation, to be made public next month, offers citizenship to some descendants of Sephardic Jews. ... [Link]

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