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Medical research backs circumcision

Medical research backs circumcision

LOS 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 the efforts of American anti-circumcision activists.

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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Local

Community solidarity gathering

Community solidarity gatheringA community solidarity gathering will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Robert E. Loup JCC Elaine Wolf Theater. The gathering is being held a show of support for and solidarity with the Kansas City Jewish community following the tragic shootings at the Jewish Community Campus there earlier this week. There will also be a security briefing presented by the Denver JCC.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 01:31 )

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Local

Beth Evergreen marks 40 years

Beth Evergreen marks 40 years PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 10 IT is among the most apt and poetic of synagogue names. Beth Evergreen conjures images of the pleasant foothills village southwest of Denver, and of the beautiful trees — pines, spruces, firs and many others — which surround it in lush abundance. The word “evergreen” can also mean, according to one dictionary, “remaining fresh,” like those trees which never lose their leaves or needles, regardless of weather or season. And Beth Evergreen, ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 02:54 )

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Israel

Kerry: Talks not ‘dead,’ but . . .

Kerry: Talks not ‘dead,’ but . . .WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is sticking with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for now despite a crisis that has threatened to scuttle talks. That’s the message US officials were peddling as a top State Dept. team was in the region turning over the engine attempting to restart the talks. “The bitter irony is that at this point the fight is over process, it’s not over the final status agreement,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in testimony Tuesday, April 8, before...
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U.S., Israeli security advisers pledge ‘coordination’ on Iran talks

Ron Kampeas The United States and Israel will maintain “unprecedented coordination” as nuclear talks go forward with Iran, the White House said after a summit of the two nation’s security advisers. ... [Link]

U.S. officials banned from Old City on Friday

Ron Kampeas U.S. government officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. ... [Link]

Haaretz stands by its explosive Bibi cartoon

Julie Wiener Haaretz, often described as Israel’s New York Times, didn’t do itself any favors Thursday when it published a cartoon featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a plane into the World Trad... [Link]

Peruvians arrest alleged Hezbollah operative

Ron Kampeas Israeli media reported that he allegedly was planning an attack on Jewish targets in Peru. ... [Link]

Top U.N. official urges Security Council to address Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Ron Kampeas His remarks could signal a readiness by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to champion a Palestinian bid for statehood in the wake of collapsed peace talks. ... [Link]

Kerry: Netanyahu slur is ‘disgraceful’

Ron Kampeas The secretary of state said the derogatory reference by an anonymous White House staffer is damaging and does not reflect the president or himself. ... [Link]

Temple Mount to reopen, but with restrictions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration called on Israel to reopen the area to Muslim worshippers after it was closed in the wake of an assassination attempt on a Jewish activist. ... [Link]

Nathaniel Melnitsky gets real-world medical training in Guatemala

Raffi Wineburg The Florida teenager not only helped set up a clinic for poor people in Guatemala, he even gave eye exams and ran some tests like an EKG. ... [Link]

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