Netanyahu Reportedly Taps Dermer As Next Ambassador to U.S.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint his close aide Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, Army Radio reported Friday. According to the report, Dermer’s candidacy as ambassador has been in question for some time, as he was considered a “red sheet” in Obama administration circles for his perceived support… Read More

Unlikely Teammates

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Standing behind the podium of the 2013 NAACP Image Awards is a man in a tux with a red tie whose smooth, dark skin is stretched over a frame so long that it cannot fit through a standard doorway. Behind the same podium, a woman comes up to maybe the bottom of that man’s ribcage…. Read More

Converting A Happy Pig Into A Kosher Cow

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The thick scent of a peppery rub wafted through the Margolin Heb-rew Academy, and Corky the Pig embroidered his chef’s hat with a K and became a cow. Just before Purim, the famed Memphis barbecue joint Corky’s, with a hog for its mascot, koshered one of its smokers for a brisket fundraiser on behalf of… Read More

Keeping Jewish Teens Involved

For many Jewish teens, the culmination of their involvement in Judaism comes at the age of 12 or 13 when they read their Torah portion and celebrate at their bar or bat mitzvah party. While some teens will go on to complete confirmation classes and may be involved with a Jewish youth group, many will… Read More

Fusion Of Faiths

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We’re in the era of pluralism. Open-mindedness. Acceptance. Tolerance. “Our tradition,” according to Rabbi Daniel Burg, 37, of downtown’s Beth Am Synagogue, “is not to interrogate people before we count them in the community. … We don’t exclude people based on their beliefs.” It’s a peace-and-love mentality. And why not? Aren’t Jews supposed to be… Read More

‘Jews Are Still At Risk’

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Late last week, federal officials, along with representatives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington formally announced at a news conference the seizure of the long-lost “Rosenberg Diary.” The book, which had gone missing following the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, is a loose collection of the recollections — from spring 1936 to… Read More

Long-lost Nazi Diary Recovered In Upstate N.Y. Home

A lost journal of Nazi official Alfred Rosenberg was recovered in a home in upstate New York. The journal, with more than 400 pages of details on the Third Reich’s policy from 1936 to 1944, includes accounts of meetings with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Herman Goering, Reuters reported. Lost after the Nuremberg war crime… Read More

Cigarette Smuggling Funding Terrorism

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Just weeks after New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that the city took down a massive Eastern Seaboard unstamped cigarette trafficking enterprise, there are still murmurs — and strong suspicions — that the suspects were funneling a portion of the more than $55 million… Read More

Maryland man convicted of conspiring to illegally provide satellite services to Iran

A federal jury has convicted a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iran, of charges arising from a conspiracy to illegally provide satellite related services to Iran in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, money laundering and obstruction of bankruptcy proceedings, according to a release by the Department of Homeland Security. As a result… Read More

Jewish War Veterans Are Calling For Greater Action From Department Of Defense

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The Jewish War Veterans of the USA is calling for greater action from the Department of Defense to combat what it calls an “extremely alarming” number of sexual-assault incidents involving military personnel — both as suspects and victims. The Senate Arms Services Committee held a hearing on the issue last Tuesday in which top military… Read More