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January 19, 2010

Jan. 19: Israelis in Haiti, Pope in Shul, Avatar & Tu B’Shvat

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Israeli aid effort helps Haitians — and Israel’s image

Members of the IsraAid medical team offered treatment to earthquake survivors at a soccer stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18, 2010.
Members of the IsraAid medical team offered treatment to earthquake survivors at a soccer stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18, 2010. (IsraAid)
The Israeli aid workers’ presence in Haiti has provided desperately needed assistance to earthquake survivors while promoting a positive image of Israel overseas. Read more »

Pope seeks to mend ties in synagogue visit

While sparring between the Jewish community and the Vatican over beatification of the Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII cast a shadow over Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Rome’s main synagogue, the visit was marked by an effort to mend ties and reaffirm the Vatican’s commitment to Christian-Jewish dialogue. Read more »

Op-Ed: The Jewish way of responding to natural disasters

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb of the Orthodox Union writes that the Jewish tradition teaches that we are required to do three things in the face of tragedy: See! Feel! Act! Read more »

A down-to-earth, ‘Avatar’ Tu B’Shvat

Like the Na’vi in “Avatar,” Jews will celebrate the New Year for Trees on Jan. 30, expressing in song and seder a kind of tree love as well. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Out with the kosher, in with the jeans (AFP)

The Goldenberg Pletzl restaurant — better known as “Jo Goldenberg’s” and a symbol of Jewish life in Paris — has reopened as jeans shop, in the latest sign of change in a historic district.

Social networking and old non-Jewish flames (Washington Post)

A Jewish woman writes about reconnecting on the Internet with the Catholic boyfriend her father disapproved of and whom she thought was killed in Vietnam.

Finding a place for Jewish burial (Virginia-Pilot)

What do you do when there are no Jewish cemeteries in town? One 65-year-old woman in Virginia Beach, Va., worked with communal leaders to open a Jewish section in a local cemetery.

Israeli athletes: In search of ice and gold (N.Y. Times)

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, a look at how Israel’s winter athletes often come to the United States to circumvent weather and security obstacles.

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Breaking News

An Israeli team helped rescue two students buried under the ruins of a university in Port-au-Prince.
Christoph Waltz won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role as a suave and sadistic Nazi colonel in “Inglourious Basterds.”
A Chicago man took his Jewish daughter to church in violation of a court order.
The Web site of Britain’s major Jewish newspaper was the victim of an online attack.
Award-winning architect Frank Gehry has withdrawn from the project to build a Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem.
Israel’s Cabinet met for the first time in Germany as the two countries held a joint Cabinet meeting in Berlin.
The only synagogue on the Greek island of Crete may have suffered its second arson attack in less than two weeks.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with the Turkish defense and foreign ministers in an attempt to repair strained relations.
Germany is preparing to tighten sanctions against Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Six world powers met to discuss how to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear production but could not arrive at a consensus.
Some 150 Ethiopians claiming Jewish links began arriving in Israel this week, the first groups to immigrate in more than a year.
One of the Israeli soldiers who raised a banner protesting the evacuation of Jewish settlements was dismissed from the military.
Israeli forces razed a structure built in contravention of an announced 10-month freeze on construction in the settlements.
The body of a man swept away by heavy rainstorms in Israel has been recovered.
Israeli security forces arrested residents of a West Bank settlement in connection with last month’s torching of a Palestinian mosque.
Pope Benedict XVI said Church authorities played an active role in saving Jews during the Holocaust, though “often hidden and discreet.”
Fifteen left-wing activists were arrested for demonstrating in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is establishing Israel’s newest center for Yiddish studies.

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