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Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

Norway passes legislation regulating ritual circumcision

OSLO — 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 circumcision is a common practice, like in the US.”

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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 )

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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Seeing need, Yechiel Eckstein’s Jewish-Christian fellowship gets into aliyah game

Cnaan Liphshiz Accusing the Jewish Agency of failing to move quickly enough to move Jews out of embattled Ukraine, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews this week brought its first flight of immigrants... [Link]

Libeskind-designed Holocaust monument ‘collecting dust’ in Toronto warehouse

Gabrielle Birkner The Jewish community is divided over whether the Wheel of Conscience — Canada’s first and only Holocaust monument outside of a Jewish community institution — should return to its home in Halifa... [Link]

Jewish settlers sentenced to 30 months in jail for ‘price tag’ attack

Marcy Oster The sentence reportedly was the longest meted out to individuals convicted of carrying out a “price tag” attack against Palestinians, ... [Link]

Labor holds edge over Likud, poll shows

Julie Wiener The survey shows Labor winning 23 seats, Likud 21 and Jewish Home 16 in the March elections. ... [Link]

FBI investigating threat to Hasidic lawmaker in N.Y.

Marcy Oster Aron Wieder, the Hasidic majority leader of the Rockland County Legislature, was sent a photo showing his head pasted on the body of an ISIS beheading victim. ... [Link]

Leven Las Vegas: Adelson lieutenant Michael Leven striking out on his own

Anthony Weiss After six years as president and chief operations officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Leven, 76, is leaving to devote himself to philanthropy. ... [Link]

Planeload of Ukrainian immigrants arrives in Israel

Marcy Oster Some 226 new immigrants from Ukraine, among then dozens of families fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine, landed in Israel. ... [Link]

Group in Tel Aviv sets world record for dreidel spinning

Marcy Oster Former Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was part of the group that spun 754 dreidels simultaneously for 10 seconds. ... [Link]

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