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Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling

WASHINGTON — 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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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 )

Israel

French, Ukraine Jews boost aliyah by 50%

JERUSALEM — Jewish immigration to Israel during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 50% over the corresponding period last year, mainly due to arrivals from France and Ukraine. In total, immigration to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their descendants during the first four months of 2014 increased by 50% over the first quarter of 2013, from 4,073 to 6,101, according to data compiled by the Jewish Agency for Israel ahead of its board of governors meeting, which was held this wee...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:17 )

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Claims Conference considers its future

Claims Conference considers its futureNEW YORK — A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned. The panel was appointed last year following a scandal involving the Claims Conference’s failure to detect a $57 million fraud scheme there that persisted until 2009. It also recommended cutting in half the size of the board’s executive committee and the number ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:29 )

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British man gets jail time for sending lawmaker anti-Semitic tweet

Julie Wiener The tweet to Labour’s Luciana Berger carried the hashtag “Hitler was right.” ... [Link]

Poll: Majority of Denmark citizens want circumcision banned

Julie Wiener The survey was released on the eve of a parliamentary hearing to discuss a possible ban on circumcision, something that two parties support. ... [Link]

Palestinian-American student alleges anti-Muslim assault at Brooklyn arena

Marcy Oster She claims the group of assailants included the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, who was punched outside the Barclays Center after the game. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson

mbrodsky A Minneapolis rabbi went to the anguished Missouri city with the intention of teaching protesters and police a new path for justice, a promise of racial healing. But once there he realized he had the ... [Link]

Netanyahu slams Abbas over deadly rail attack in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster The driver of the car that crashed into a train station, apparently intentionally, was a Hamas member, the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman said on Twitter. ... [Link]

Infant killed, 8 hurt in suspected terror attack on Jerusalem light rail

Marcy Oster The driver of the car that crashed into a train station attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police. ... [Link]

Hagel, meeting with Yaalon, reaffirms U.S. commitment to Israeli security

Marcy Oster U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the “deep commitment” of the United States to Israel’s security at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart. ... [Link]

Haredim’s refusal to sit next to opposite sex delays Delta flight

Marcy Oster A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex. ... [Link]

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