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Loosened restrictions may still violate religious apparel statute
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
January 30, 2014

The Pentagon has issued a directive that loosens restrictions for U.S. troops who wish to wear religious garments, such as head scarves, turbans and yarmulkes, with their military uniforms or to grow beards. But while the Department of Defense’s new policy should in some cases benefit Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and members of other faiths, men CONTINUE »

BY Dmitriy Shapiro
January 28, 2014

President Barack Obama will present his annual State of the Union address before Congress and the nation this evening. Like presidents before him, Obama has traditionally used this opportunity to lay out an ambitious agenda – and he probably still will – but it would be difficult to do so without acknowledging the saga of CONTINUE »

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January 10, 2014

NEW YORK (JTA) The police department in Brookline, Mass., said JTA that 16-year-old Caleb Jacoby has been found safe in New York City. Jacoby, an 11th-grader at the Maimonides School in suburban Boston, had been missing since midday on Jan. 6. The case drew national attention, in part because the youth is the son of CONTINUE »

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BY Julie Wiener, JTA
January 9, 2014

Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem. Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah had plenty of students from lower-income families and a number from affluent ones. But it couldn’t seem to recruit and retain many middle-class students, even as it devoted increasing amounts to financial aid. Middle-class parents “felt CONTINUE »

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26 U.S. senators introduce legislation for increased sanctions if Iran violates six-month agreement
BY Suzanne Pollak
December 26, 2013

Defying the Obama administration’s push for a diplomatic way to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation calling for increased sanctions if Iran violates an international six-month agreement that has yet to go into effect. The legislation introduced last week requires further reductions in purchases of Iranian petroleum and applies additional penalties CONTINUE »