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January 14, 2010

Jan. 14 Daily Briefing

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Jewish groups, Israel mobilizing aid for Haiti quake

Searching for survivors of the massive earthquake in Haiti, Port-au-Prince residents work their way through the rubble.
Searching for survivors of the massive earthquake in Haiti, Port-au-Prince residents work their way through the rubble. (Logan Abassi / UN / Creative Commons)
As the death toll mounts in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the organized Jewish world is lining up support for the rescue and relief effort in the region. Read more »

Attack on Crete synagogue carries special meaning

The bar of soap hurled by attackers against a synagogue they desecrated in Crete was a diabolically mixed metaphor: Soap usually symbolizes purity and godliness, but in this twisted context it spelled hatred and death. Read more »

Op-Ed: Reflections on King’s day and the Jewish call to service

As we honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in a day of national service on Jan. 18, it’s time to celebrate the significant advances made by the Jewish community and rededicate ourselves to helping unleash the power of a nascent Jewish service movement, writes the chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Standing by Hadassah (Jerusalem Post)

On the eve of Hadassah’s convention in Israel, Knesset member Dalia Itzik writes an article praising the organization.

Big names talk Holocaust films (Washington Jewish Week)

Washington Post associate editor and investigative journalist Bob Woodward talks with actor Ralph Fiennes at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Hey Obama, be like Ike (Boston Globe)

Stephen P. Cohen of the Institute for Middle East Peace and Development says President Obama should tell Jerusalem that protecting Israel’s “nuclear ambiguity” will be difficult if Israel does not reach out to make peace.

Not living up to the dream (Huffington Post)

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater reflects on what society still has to learn from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel).

Why Conan and Leno, and not Cohen and Levi? (L.A. Jewish Journal)

As Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon fight it out over the late night airwaves, Danielle “The Hollywood Jew” Berrin offers 10 reasons why Jewish comedians aren’t hosting these shows. (Yes, Jon Stewart. We know. She knows.)

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Breaking News

HIAS has called on the U.S. government to grant temporary protected status to Haitians currently in the United States.
A Tel Aviv polygamist cult leader living with at least 17 women and his 38 children was arrested on suspicion of abuses ranging from enslavement to rape.
Canada is redirecting its Palestinian aid away from a United Nations agency and toward specific projects.
Israel has stayed the deportation of a Jewish-American journalist working for a Palestinian news agency.
An Israeli baby was injured when Palestinians threw rocks at the car in which she was riding.
A coming-of-age novel about an Israeli girl whose family relocates to Staten Island is among the winners of the 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children’s literature.
Rabbi Murray Saltzman, a national figure in the civil rights movement and spiritual leader at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation for nearly two decades, has died.
The Forward will publish an Israel edition.
Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis was voted the top Jewish baseball player of the decade in online balloting.
Israel will be the guest of honor at the 17th International Festival of Books in Budapest.

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