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Leader of influential Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., is dissolving marriage of 20 years
BY Suzanne Pollak
October 9, 2014

In a poignant letter to his congregants, Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that he is gay and that he and his wife of 20 years, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, are divorcing. While members of the congregation are still digesting the news, many have already expressed their support. “I CONTINUE »

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BY Melissa Gerr
October 8, 2014

After impounding all election materials from a controversial referendum vote held in the heavily populated Jewish community of Ramapo, N.Y., last week because of a last minute lawsuit alleged potential election fraud, New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Garvey nullified the election materials Tuesday, ordering that a completely new election be held. Her court CONTINUE »

October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration does not concur with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of the United Nations Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council.” “We would not agree with that,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, told reporters when asked about what Netanyahu said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly. CONTINUE »

October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel. “The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said on Monday. The interruption of delivery of the weapons during Israel’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza CONTINUE »

October 2, 2014

Loyola University Chicago suspended and subsequently reinstated its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The action followed an anti-Israel protest this month by the SJP chapter that blocked an event promoting Birthright Israel. According to a statement released by Loyola, the university informed the chapter on Sept. 19 that it was “temporarily prevented from CONTINUE »