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Reuven Rivlin, Israeli presidential front-runner, champions pluralism in politics but not Judaism
BY Ben Sales/JTA
June 5, 2014

TEL AVIV — The front-runner in Israel’s presidential election has equated Reform Judaism with “idol worship” and refused to refer to Reform rabbis by their title. Former Knesset speaker Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, considered a Likud party elder statesman, is one of six candidates running to succeed Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post chosen by CONTINUE »

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N.Y. Democrat is building a pro-Jewish record in Congress
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
June 5, 2014

She may not be flashy, a firebrand speechmaker or even very well-known outside of her Queens congressional district, but despite her brief legislative career, freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) has become one of Congress’ most steadfast supporters of Israel and Jewish issues. Along the way she has endeared herself to colleagues and supporters on both CONTINUE »

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For Ukrainian Jews, far-right’s electoral defeat is proof that Putin lied
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
June 5, 2014

To many of his voters, President-elect Petro Poroshenko represented hope for fixing Ukraine’s ailing economy because of the billionaire candy company founder’s success in business. Others believed that Poroshenko, who won 54 percent of the vote in last week’s presidential race, was the best candidate for negotiating an end to hostilities with Russia and Russian-backed CONTINUE »

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U.S. ready to work with new Palestinian government, but …
BY Suzanne Pollak
June 5, 2014

The United States intends to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority, the State Department said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said June 2 that the U.S. “will be judging this government by its actions. Based on what we know now, we intend to work CONTINUE »

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Making sense of Pope Francis’s whirlwind Mideast trip
BY Alex Traiman/JNS.org
May 29, 2014

After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, unscheduled photo opportunities, and debilitating traffic arrangements, Israelis and interfaith relations experts are trying to attach the appropriate symbolism to Pope Francis’ visit to the region. Nearly every stop made by the pontiff was subjected to simultaneous scrutiny CONTINUE »