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BY By April Simpson
July 31, 2014

Set back from a main street on one side, and obscured by trees and shrubbery on another, it’s easy to miss Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox temple in a residential North Miami Beach neighborhood. “We don’t even have a sign in front of the synagogue,” said Miriam Bensinger, the rabbi’s wife. “People in the Jewish community CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
July 31, 2014

About a week ago, Rabbi Leonard Oberstein, director of the Teacher’s Institute at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, received a call from Rabbi Yissocher Dov Eichenstein of Mercaz Torah and Tefillah regarding Eichenstein’s desire to “do something for our soldiers, specifically that they go into battle with the right safety gear.” As explained in CONTINUE »

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Fleeing ‘place full of death,’ Jews from eastern Ukraine weep for homeland
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
July 31, 2014

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk. Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the computer screen to indicate the CONTINUE »

Senator says he will seek to re-impose previous sanctions
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
July 31, 2014

In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor this month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the Obama administration’s stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict and nuclear negotiations with Iran — indicating that he will  present a bill to reimpose the sanctions on Iran previously lifted by the United States. Cruz said that U.S. efforts should be CONTINUE »

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Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset CONTINUE »