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Interfaith memorial at KC JCC

Interfaith memorial at KC JCC

NEW YORK — Hundreds gathered at a suburban Kansas City JCC for an interfaith memorial service for the victims of shootings there and at a nearby Jewish retirement home.

“We all needed to come together to . . . bring into this tragedy G-d, heaven, peace and love,” Jacob Schreiber, president and chief executive of the JCC of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., told the April 17 gathering in the JCC auditorium, Reuters reported.

Heavy security surrounded the JCC, where William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, were shot dead on Sunday, a day before the start of Passover.

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Israel

Israel keeps treating Syrians

Israel keeps treating SyriansSAFED, Israel — When an Israeli army ambulance brought an injured Syrian man to Ziv Medical Center in this northern Israeli city two months ago, the doctors didn’t know where exactly he was from. They saw that his leg had been amputated, and based on his own fragmented account and the physical evidence, the doctors surmised he had been hit by a shell. But they didn’t know exactly how he had gotten there. And when he leaves the hospital later this month, they don’t know where he’s goi...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 08:27 )

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Kansas City shooting happens amid its centennial year celebrations

Kansas City shooting happens amid its centennial year celebrationsEVERY Friday at noon, my two-year-old daughter and I rush through the doors of the JCC of Greater Kansas City here to meet my father for lunch. We are usually late, and the JCC’s Heritage Center, catering to active seniors (and their preschool-aged guests), is only our first stop. Vivien refuses to leave until she and zayde have had a run of the entire building. At the White Theater, she chatters on about the time she saw “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” She reads books about Purim an...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 08:20 )

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Medical research backs circumcision

Medical research backs circumcisionLOS ANGELES — In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles. A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings is the latest development to tip the scales in favor of circumcision in the scientific, cultural and political struggles over the practice. Some say this series of blows has damaged...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 08:30 )

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International

Hungarian Jewish leader resigns

Hungarian Jewish leader resignsBUDAPEST — Gusztav Zoltai, the director of Hungary’s federation of Jewish communities, or Mazsihisz, resigned in what community leaders said was a protest against the government over Holocaust commemorations. But Szombat, the Hungarian Jewish newspaper, published an article on April 9 alleging that Zoltai quit because of financial irregularities connected with Budapest’s main Jewish cemetery on Kozma Street and other affairs. Zoltai, who is in his 70s, has served as Mazsihisz’s directo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 08:37 )

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Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian state on ’67 lines

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Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

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Some Beit Shemesh lawmakers eye splitting city into haredi and non-haredi entities

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Arab-Israeli team hails ex-Knesset lawmaker accused of treason

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli soccer team honored a former Knesset lawmaker who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

mbrodsky The Florida trainer has earned the trust of NBAers like Israelis Omri Casspi and Gal Mekel, as well as those reaching for the stars. ... [Link]

In Knesset, former protest leader Stav Shaffir follows the money

Ben Sales The youngest female legislator in Israeli history says budget transparency is the key to solving nearly every social problem — including Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Heirs to German Jews sue Swiss bank UBS to recover inheritance

Marcy Oster The relatives of German Jews whose art collection was seized by the Nazis have sued UBS, claiming the Swiss bank cheated them out of their inheritance. ... [Link]

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