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January 20, 2010

Jan. 20: Giving to Haiti, GOP Wins in Mass.

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Jewish community mobilizes giving to Haiti

An earthquake survivor in Port-au-Prince who gave birth to a son at the Israeli field hospital on Jan. 17, 2010 decided to name him Israel as a token of appreciation for the country that helped her.
An earthquake survivor in Port-au-Prince who gave birth to a son at the Israeli field hospital on Jan. 17, 2010 decided to name him Israel as a token of appreciation for the country that helped her. (IDF)
The Jewish community is pouring millions of dollars into the Haiti relief effort both through communal organizations and through other private and public groups. Read more »

Brown’s upset in Mass. raises questions for health reform

Tuesday’s election of Scott Brown to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate has thrown the future of health-care reform into doubt. And Jewish groups backing comprehensive reform are figuring out how to respond. Read more »

U.S. backing S.F. foundation’s effort to boost businesses in Negev

A collaboration bringing together the Koret Foundation, a U.S. government agency and Israel’s Bank Leumi will make available $160 million in loans to help bolster struggling small businesses in the Negev. Read more »

Op-Ed: Hoping for a reconciliation between friends

Israel’s spokesman at the New York consulate says Israel is ready to move past an appalling level of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric coming out of Turkey, especially on state-run television, and resume the longstanding alliance between the countries. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Helping in Haiti (CNN, YouTube)

Watch the video of Israeli and Jewish aid efforts in Haiti.

Ethiopian time bomb (Haaretz)

Anshel Pfeffer writes that the immigration of another 10,000 Falash Mura from Ethiopia constitutes a social time bomb that Israel ought to think about before detonating.

Taking aim at the Huffington Post (FrontPageMag)

A new report posted on a conservative Web site accuses the Huffington Post of providing a forum for anti-Israel and anti-Jewish commenters.

Is ‘The Greatest Trade Ever’ good for the Jews? Who knows? (New Jersey Jewish News)

An interview with Gregory Zuckerman about his new book on how John Paulson and several other relative Wall Street outsiders managed to make billions of dollars betting against the real estate bubble.

Fed up with Norway (Jerusalem Post)

Isi Leibler says the Norwegian government is increasingly hostile to Israel.

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