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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 »

BY Meredith Jacobs
July 11, 2013

Earlier this month, Yael Kohn-Sharon was visiting the U.S. from Israel in search of funding for Kav Mashve (The Equator). Founded in 2007 by Israeli businessman Dov Lautmann, Kav Mashve was created in response to studies indicating that very few university-educated Israeli Arabs were able to find employment suitable to their education and training. “Lautmann, CONTINUE »

Exceeding last year’s total by more than $8 million
July 9, 2013

UJA-Federation of New York concluded its 2013 Annual Campaign on June 30th, raising $145.3 million, an increase of $8.6 million from 2012. Including bequests and endowments, $6.5 million raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, and capital and special gifts, the total amount raised in the year was $206.5 million. “This has been an extraordinary year of CONTINUE »