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Jewish community reacts to Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

>> “Societies’ morals may shift and crumble, but eternal verities exist. One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman. Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court, but that sanctity remains untouched,” Agudath Israel said in a statement. >> “Loving families across our nation have been made whole. … CONTINUE »

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BY Uriel Heilman, JTA Wire Service
July 2, 2013

In his letter announcing he was stepping down as Yeshiva University’s chancellor and rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Norman Lamm acknowledged his failure to respond adequately to allegations of sexual abuse against Y.U. rabbis in the 1980s. Lamm, now 85, became the school’s third president and head of its rabbinic school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
June 30, 2013

 Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region. “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
June 30, 2013

Three children at the Goldman Union Camp Institute near Indianapolis were injured when lightning struck the field in which they were holding a camp activity. One of the children reportedly is in critical but stable condition from the Saturday afternoon lightning strike on the Reform movement camp located in Zionville, Ind. The three injured children CONTINUE »

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BY JNS.org
June 28, 2013

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 CONTINUE »