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July 22, 2013

The total number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States fell by 14 percent in 2012, continuing a three-year trend of incremental declines, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued July 22. The ADL Audit reported a total of 927 anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in 2012 including assaults, vandalism CONTINUE »

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Fingerhut to take over as president of Hillel
BY Suzanne Pollak
July 18, 2013

Former Ohio congressman Eric Fingerhut, who was chancellor of the board of regents for Ohio’s state’s public universities and colleges, is the new president of Hillel. Fingerhut was unanimously chosen by the board of directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life on July 14. He is expected to take the helm of the CONTINUE »

A plaque engraved with names of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is mounted on a fence outside Station 7, their home base in Prescott, Ariz.
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
BY Edmon J. Rodman
July 15, 2013

On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av we already know who — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona. “This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of the Ninth of CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
July 14, 2013

Eric Fingerhut, a former U.S. congressman and leader of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges, has been tapped to serve as the next president and CEO of Hillel. Fingerhut’s hiring was approved Sunday in a unanimous vote by Hillel’s board of directors during a meeting in New York. He comes to the international campus CONTINUE »

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Pro-Israel and other politicians questioning Obama’s choice of Samantha Power as ambassador to the UN
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
July 11, 2013

A panel of conservative political activists, writers and former military officers convened last week at the National Press Club to sharply criticize President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power as permanent ambassador to the United Nations. The event served as an announcement that those concerns had been laid out in a letter to Senate Majority CONTINUE »