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December 21, 2009

Dec. 21: Synagogues Blogging and Tweeting, Auschwitz Sign Found, Carter’s ‘Al Het’

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Synagogues blogging and tweeting their way to new kinds of communication

Participants at Darim Online's social media boot camp on Long Island in October 2009 learn to tweet, among other skills.
Participants at Darim Online’s social media boot camp on Long Island in October 2009 learn to tweet, among other skills. (Courtesy Darim Online)
Synagogues, religious schools and other Jewish groups have been signing on to Facebook, blogs, Twitter and other social media in the past year eager to learn how new technology can strengthen their organizations and improve their outreach. Read more »

Controversy erupts over Holocaust revisionism in E. Europe

Is the problem of nationalist extremism in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics exaggerated? Read more »

‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign found in three pieces

The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign stolen from the memorial at the Auschwitz concentration camp was recovered. Read more »

Op-Ed: Bid to ban Christmas in Jerusalem is wrong

It’s especially painful and sadly ironic that in the name of Jewish values, a group is doing to others precisely what was done to Jews for millennia with its bid to ban the public display of Christmas in Jerusalem, writes the president of CLAL. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

A Jewish Christmas tradition (Cleveland Jewish News)

Ahead of Christmas, one paper offers up everything you ever wanted to know about Jews and their love of Chinese food but were afraid to ask.

Cocaine rabbi escapes jail time (London Jewish Chronicle)

The saga of the “cocaine rabbi” reaches a conclusion: A British court rules that Rabbi Baruch Chalomish will not get prison time for his drugs and prostitutes binge but will have to attend a narcotics rehab center.

Israel-Palestine (L.A. Times)

Palestinian attorney Jonathan Kuttab looks ahead to a single Israeli-Palestinian state.

Israel’s deadly mistakes (Boston Globe)

If the prisoner-exchange deal to free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit goes through, there is little doubt that it will lead to new terrorism, more Israeli deaths and a bloodier Middle East, writes columnist Jeff Jacoby.

Field of dreams (Haaretz)

A group of businessmen and athletes from Canada, the United States and Britain are trying to raise money for the construction of a proper ballpark for baseball and softball in Israel.

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Jimmy Carter asked the Jewish community for forgiveness for any stigma he may have caused Israel.
Israel’s army will demolish structures built in West Bank settlements during the construction freeze, according to an internal military memo.
Israel admitted to harvesting organs from dead bodies in the 1990s.
Hamas acknowledged that it masterminded the campaign to pursue war crimes cases against Israeli politicians and military officials in Britain and other European countries.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner Cabinet has met four times in two days to discuss a prisoner swap to free Gilad Shalit.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied all of the corruption charges against him.
An Israeli American who did linguistic work for the FBI on contract pleaded guilty to leaking five secret documents to a blogger.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and President Obama discussed the Middle East on the sidelines of the climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Turkey’s president accepted an invitation from his Israeli counterpart to visit.
A Las Vegas school district has sent home with pay a teacher who allegedly denied the Holocaust in the classroom.
Some Philadelphia-area high school students were disciplined after they allegedly taunted an opposing basketball team with Holocaust slurs.
Two flight controllers at Ben Gurion International Airport were reassigned after two airplanes nearly collided.
The Palestinian Authority canceled the Miss Palestine beauty pageant.
Controversial World War II Pope Pius XII moved one step closer to sainthood.
Some 25 left-wing activists were released from prison by a Jerusalem court.
Bicyclists protested the removal of a bike lane through the fervently Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg.
Israel’s Cabinet approved a bill banning the sale of alcohol to people under age 21.
The heads of 60 hesder yeshivas agreed to continue their arrangement with the Israel Defense Forces.
A French government authority warned a satellite broadcaster that carrying the Hamas TV channel violates French law.
Spain said it will make Palestinian statehood a priority during its presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2010.
A Sydney-based, student-run Web site banned a group of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel commenters.
A British court jailed an Albanian Muslim for seven years after weapons and Hezbollah manuals were found in his home.


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