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Melbourne Chabad rabbi steps down amid child sex abuse scandal

SYDNEY — The chief rabbi at Chabad headquarters in Melbourne resigned, apologizing for his conduct toward victims of child sexual abuse and their families.

“I recognize that my conduct towards victims and their families did not demonstrate . . . behavior to the extent necessary of a rabbi in my position,” Rabbi Tzvi Telsner wrote in an open letter Tuesday, Sept. 1.

“We all must be aware of how our words and actions impact on others and therefore would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my conduct and urge everyone to show compassion and support towards victims and their families throughout the moised [institution] and broader community.”

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Kansas City JCC shooter found guilty

KANSAS CITY — The white supremacist who killed three people outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb was found guilty of capital murder. The jury in Johnson County, Kan., took less than two hours to reach its verdict on Monday, Aug. 31, in the trial of Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, the Kansas City Star reported. “I believe the fat lady just sang,” Miller, 74, said when the verdict was delivered. The trial now enters its death penalty phase....
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Do US taxpayers help Jewish terror?

NEW YORK — Taxpayer dollars in the US and Israel are subsidizing Jewish terrorism against Arabs, a complaint filed with the New York state Attorney General’s Office alleges. The accusations follow a recent expose by Israel’s Channel 10 about the work of the 13-year-old Israeli nonprofit Honenu, which provides financial support to Jews convicted of or on trial for violence against Palestinians, including so-called price tag attacks in the West Bank. The television program aired earlier th...
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Oldest synagogue in Georgia to host prime minister

Oldest synagogue in Georgia to host prime ministerTBILISI, Georgia — The prime minister of the Caucasus nation of Georgia is scheduled to attend the anniversary of the country’s oldest functioning synagogue, leaders of Georgia’s Jewish community said. The ceremony in Oni, a municipality located on a mountain ridge 120 miles northwest of the capital Tbilisi, is set to take place on Sept. 2 at the historic building, which was built 120 years ago, according to Micho Benzion, an Oni-born shochet, or Jewish ritual slaughterer, who now lives i...

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Sir Winton, British 'Schindler,' to appear on stamp

Sir Winton, British 'Schindler,' to appear on stampLONDON — Britain’s Royal Mail said it will issue a commemorative stamp featuring Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler.” The decision was in response to a campaign launched late last month by the website British jewishnews.co.uk. As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, an online petition calling for the stamp had garnered nearly 106,000 signatures.
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Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

White House says it does not support ‘territories’ component of anti-BDS legislation

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration said it does not support the portion of a new trade law that requires actions against entities that boycott goods manufactured in the West Bank. “As... [Link]

Barry Manilow rushed to hospital following mouth surgery complication

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Barry Manilow was rushed back to Los Angeles after a performance in Memphis because of complications from emergency oral surgery this week, a statement on his website said. The 72-year o... [Link]

At Utah’s on-slope Shabbat service, ski boots required

Uriel Heilman PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing. Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley r... [Link]

Daniel Pearl killer’s jailbreak foiled, Pakistan army says

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Pakistan’s military said it had foiled a prison break bid aimed at freeing a British-born terrorist awaiting execution for the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.... [Link]

Ukraine threatens Uman visa bans following Israeli minister’s Crimea visit

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Ukraine threatened to tighten visa requirements for Israeli tourists following an Israeli minister’s meeting with the governor of an area that Russia annexed from Ukraine. Ukraine mad... [Link]

Dutch store highlights Israeli settlement goods to protest separate labeling

Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A store owned by Dutch Christian Zionists advertised to its customers products from Israeli settlements to protest a European Union requirement that they be labeled separately.... [Link]

Police kill attacker at Ohio diner owned by Arab-Israeli

Cnaan Liphshiz UPDATE: Last updated Friday at 12:30 p.m. to include the identify of the assailant and reports that police believe he may have thought the owner was Jewish. (JTA) — Police in central Ohio sho... [Link]

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