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Prominent Conservative rabbi considers breaking intermarriage ban

Thursday December 18, 2014
Wesley Gardenswartz proposes performing interfaith weddings before backing down, promises not to sever ties with movement

The Hanukkah guide to Israeli doughnuts

Thursday December 18, 2014
The country’s most insanely irresistible sufganyot — a feast for the eyes

Rabbi Harold Schulweis, thinker and activist, dies at 89

Thursday December 18, 2014
Los Angeles-area Jewish leader was an innovator in the synagogue, founded organization to fight hunger and poverty

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Thursday December 18, 2014
Lawyers for suspected Boston Marathon bomber trying to move trial out of Massachusetts

Obama signs legislation ending US benefit checks for Nazis

Thursday December 18, 2014
Former war criminals continued collecting Social Security despite expulsion and loss of citizenship

Harvard president asks for probe into SodaStream boycott

Thursday December 18, 2014
University dining service halted purchase of Israeli soda machines after protest from Palestinian campus group

‘Jewish’ soccer star Balotelli banned for racist post

Thursday December 18, 2014
Liverpool striker will miss one game, pay $39,000 fine, attend education program for posting anti-Semitic image

UN urges end to Syria fighting in Golan buffer zone

Thursday December 18, 2014
Spillover of war into DMZ between Israel and Syria could drag Israel into fighting, Security Council warns

Olmert offered aide $10,000 a month to serve jail time

Thursday December 18, 2014
Former prime minister heard trying to bribe Shula Zaken to take the blame for corruption case in newly released recordings

How a nice Jewish girl became comedy’s ‘dirty nerdy’

Thursday December 18, 2014
Jessi Klein, head writer on Comedy Central’s ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ discusses her role as a link in the long chain of funny Jewish women

Islamic State leaders in Iraq killed in airstrikes, US official says

Thursday December 18, 2014
‘High-value targets’ from jihadi group taken out in recent weeks, but chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi not among dead

High Court strikes down new rules for African migrants

Thursday December 18, 2014
Justice orders authorities temporarily cease transfer of asylum seekers to detention facility after groups call amendment ‘unconstitutional’

Gazans rally for ex-strongman as corruption trial opens

Thursday December 18, 2014
Thousands of supporters of exiled Fatah member Mohammed Dahlan protest after PA sacks members of the security forces who back him

IDF harassment probe focuses on what commanders knew

Thursday December 18, 2014
Investigators question Givati Brigade chief Ofer Winter after battalion head steps down to fight sexual harassment complaint

Entryway to Herod’s hilltop palace uncovered near Jerusalem

Thursday December 18, 2014
Excavations at Herodium in Judean Desert also turn up secret tunnels used by Jewish rebels during the Bar Kochba Revolt 2,000 years ago

US says it will not support Palestinian UN bid

Thursday December 18, 2014
State Department spokesperson indicates Washington likely to veto text calling for Israeli withdrawal to 1967 lines by end of 2017

Decision on Palestinian UN bid ‘will take time,’ Jordan says

Thursday December 18, 2014
Official says resolution text is open to negotiations; France, Britain and Germany press on with separate peace plan initiative

Digital mapping uncovers Holocaust-era mass graves in Ukraine

Thursday December 18, 2014
Researchers use geophysical imaging in Kremenets region to locate Nazi killing sites of thousands of Jews

Islamic State jihadists behead ‘sorcerer’ in Iraq

Thursday December 18, 2014
Victim may have been local Sufi leader; executioner identified as top IS operative

The CDC doesn’t just chase vampires

Thursday December 18, 2014
Sometimes the biggest health threats are the less prominent ones that don’t grab the headlines

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