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January 21, 2010

Jan. 21: Tefillin Air Scare, Spitting on Christians, Haiti’s Jews Pitch In

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Spitting on Christians in Jerusalem draws rabbinic rebuke

From his ceramics shop in Jerusalem's Old City, Garo Sandouri has a sweeping view of the spot where many Armenian-Jewish altercations have occurred.
From his ceramics shop in Jerusalem’s Old City, Garo Sandouri has a sweeping view of the spot where many Armenian-Jewish altercations have occurred. (Ben Harris)
A rise in spitting attacks by Jewish fundamentalists on Armenian Christians in Jerusalem has caught the attention of Jewish and Christian religious authorities. Read more »

Jewish leaders grapple with the rough-and-tumble Internet

Defending Israel and Jewish interests in tweet time can be rough, anonymous and dirty — and organizational leaders are grappling for strategies on dealing with the phenomenon of personal and anonymous attacks in the comments section of Web sites. Read more »

Left and right join on religious expression statement

A religiously and politically diverse group of experts issued a statement describing the current state of the law on the separation of church and state. Read more »

Op-Ed: Breaking funding stereotypes to meet today’s challenges

A foundation president and the founders of a Jewish start-up write that the time has come to end the unhealthy and unproductive tendency of assuming that start-ups should focus on innovation, private foundations on the research and development of new programs, and federations on sustaining whatever good projects the other two create. Read more »

Editors’ Picks

Haiti’s Jews (Forward)

Haitian Jews discuss how they keep the faith, and what they are doing to lend a hand amid the devastation from the catastrophic earthquake there.

Greece’s shame (Wall Street Journal)

A writer uses the recent arson attacks against a historic synagogue to criticize what he describes as “Greek society’s shameful indifference to anti-Semitism.”

Defending Hannah Rosenthal (Huffington Post)

Menachem Rosensaft, vice president of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, defends the Obama administration’s envoy on anti-Semitism.

We want Conan (JLTV)

A Jewish television network wants Conan O’Brien. And you can vote to make it happen.

Making Mel mad (KTLA 5 Los Angeles, Radar)

Watch the video of Mel Gibson taking issue with a reporter’s questions about his previous anti-Jewish outbursts.

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Breaking News

A commercial flight was diverted to Philadelphia after a Jewish passenger’s tefillin were mistaken for a bomb.
An Israel Defense Forces team in Haiti has set up a satellite-based communications system.
A Chabad-initiated project is among the top finalists in a national competition that will award $1 million to a local charity.
Mel Gibson and a Jewish broadcaster sparred over the actor’s anti-Semitic rant in 2006.
Illegal African immigration is a serious threat to Israel’s Jewish and democratic character, Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the Obama administration to negotiate with Israel on his behalf.
Israel wants to keep troops on the West Bank’s border with Jordan, even after the formation of a Palestinian state, its prime minister said.
Israel’s entry in the Oscars has made the first cut.
The presidents of two Pacific islands who vote consistently with Israel at the United Nations visited the Jewish state to enhance their relationship.

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