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Philanthropist, Jewish leader dies at 84
BY Simone Ellin
December 22, 2013

Edgar Miles Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21 at his home in New York. He was 84. Bronfman, a billionaire beverage executive and major philanthropist to Jewish organizations, was also known for his central roles in the liberation of Soviet Jewry and the fight to secure restitution from CONTINUE »

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Two old friends deal Las Vegas a winning hand
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

It’s no secret that Jewish Baltimore tends to head to the movies and Chinese restaurants on Christmas. In Las Vegas, Andrew Rothbart would head to the Bagel Ball, an annual event for Jewish singles, but he kept seeing the same people year after year. “I said, ‘There has to be something for Jews to do CONTINUE »

With security plan pitched, U.S. optimism on peace talks not shared by Israelis and Palestinians
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
December 12, 2013

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry was CONTINUE »

BY Larry Luxner
December 11, 2013

Can a simple handshake in South Africa someday lead to freedom for a Maryland man who’s been rotting in a Cuban jail for the last four years? On Tuesday morning, President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro while both leaders were attending the funeral of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. The gesture, which the CONTINUE »

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Skepticism on Truman vindicated 50 years after Zionist leader Abba Silver’s death
BY Rafael Medoff
December 5, 2013

At the 50th anniversary of the death of American Zionist leader Abba Hillel Silver, newly-discovered documents appear to confirm his skeptical view of the Truman administration’s position on Jewish statehood. Silver, a dynamic rabbi and Zionist orator from Cleveland, passed away Nov. 30, 1963. During the 1940s, he spearheaded a nationwide campaign of rallies, petitions CONTINUE »