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Scarlett Johansson stands up for Israel against Oxfam

Scarlett Johansson stands up for Israel against Oxfam

NEW YORK — Oxfam accepted actress Scarlett Johansson’s resignation as a global ambassador, calling the role “incompatible” with her work for the Israeli company SodaStream.

“Oxfam has accepted Scarlett Johansson’s decision to step down after eight years as a Global Ambassador and we are grateful for her many contributions,” the global anti-poverty charity said in a statement issued Jan. 30.

“While Oxfam respects the independence of our ambassadors, Ms. Johansson’s role promoting the company SodaStream is incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:27 )

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Israel

Women of Wall near agreement

Women of Wall near agreementJERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area. The report Monday, Jan. 27, in Haaretz was corroborated on the organization’s Facebook page. The agreement comes after months of negotiations between the organization and an Israeli government committee. In October, the Women of the Wall presented 16 conditions under which the group would move its monthly prayer service to an ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:55 )

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International

Swedish, Danish docs call for ban on bris

COPENHAGEN — Large medical associations in Sweden and Denmark recommended banning non-medical circumcision of boys. In Sweden, the recommendation came in a resolution that was unanimously adopted last week by the ethics council of the Sweden Medical Association — a union whose members constitute 85% of the country’s physicians, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reported on Jan. 25. It recommended setting 12 as the minimum age for the procedure and the boy’s consent. Jewish ritual circumcisio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:49 )

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National

$100,000 to disabilities advocate

$100,000 to disabilities advocateBOSTON — The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation awarded Harvard University professor Michael Stein with its first Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The $100,000 award announced this week recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish world and the greater public, and awards the potential for future contributions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:53 )

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International

Knesset visits Auschwitz

Knesset visits AuschwitzOSWIECIM, Poland — Watching thousands of Poles dance to Klezmer music just 50 miles from the Auschwitz death camp, Johnny Daniels could feel an ambitious plan taking shape. The experience last year at Cracow’s annual Jewish Culture Festival prompted Daniels, a 28-year-old Israeli and Holocaust educator, to organize the largest-ever Knesset delegation to Auschwitz. Nearly half the Israeli parliament was in Poland Monday, Jan. 27, to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 69th ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:15 )

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Sex and the centenarian

Talia Lavin Shirley Zussman, at 100 years old, is still an actively practicing sex therapist in Manhattan. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: In-laws and Israel, Jewish grandma mayor, the new Anti-Semitism

Talia Lavin JTA rounds up noteworthy items from the Web. ... [Link]

Finding the Goldbergs: A Catskills mystery unraveled

Uriel Heilman When JTA’s Uriel Heilman stumbled upon an abandoned house in the Catskills, a trail of clues led to a remarkable Borscht Belt story. ... [Link]

Temple U. Jewish student punched at pro-Palestinian group’s booth

Ben Sales A Jewish student at Temple University was punched in the face by someone manning an informational booth for Students for Justice in Palestine. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Jews and Ferguson, Arab saves Israelis, sexy kosher lingerie

Talia Lavin JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Gaza experiencing severe water shortage

Ben Sales Gaza residents are suffering from a severe water shortage as a result of the ongoing conflict there. ... [Link]

Australian Jewish school evacuated by bomb scare

Ben Sales Students at a Jewish school in Melbourne were evacuated Thursday amid a bomb scare. ... [Link]

U.N. watchdog expected to report Iran complying with nuclear deal

Ben Sales A report from the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations is expected to show that Iran is complying with the terms of an interim agreement regarding its nuclear program. ... [Link]

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