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January 4, 2010

Jan. 4: Pope’s Delicate Dance, Angling on Health Care, Livni on Bibi

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After Pius move, Pope Benedict practices delicate Jewish dance

Pope Benedict XVI, seen on a visit to Israel on May 11, 2009, is facing the challenge of repairing Catholic-Jewish ties following his decision to move the Holocaust-era pope closer to sainthood.
Pope Benedict XVI, seen on a visit to Israel on May 11, 2009, is facing the challenge of repairing Catholic-Jewish ties following his decision to move the Holocaust-era pope closer to sainthood. (Flash90 / JTA)
Will Pope Benedict’s visit to a Rome synagogue in mid-January heal the hurt in Catholic-Jewish relations sparked by his decision to move Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII a step closer to sainthood? Read more »

Jewish groups still angling for health care bill fixes

As lawmakers set to negotiate a final version of the health care bill, Jewish groups are pushing for some version of a public option and the lifting of restrictions on covering abortions. Read more »

Op-Ed: What social entrepreneurs really need

A program director at the Jim Joseph Foundation says that what social entrepreneurs need most from the philanthropic world is funders who act like venture capitalists. Read more »

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Jewish boom (Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Jewish community in Asheville, N.C., keeps growing and growing.

Livni on Bibi (Wall Street Journal)

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni talks about why she believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is possible now and how she sees her role as a counterbalance to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government she declined to join as recently as several days ago.

Shul politics (France 24)

Egypt’s Ministry of Social Affairs has commandeered a Cairo synagogue to use as office space.

Four questions for The Wandering Jew (Forward)

The Forward talks to JTA’s Wandering Jew, Ben Harris, about his globetrotting ways.

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