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Jewish congresswoman backs aide over 'Jewbags' joke

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

A Jewish congresswoman who is seen as a powerful player of the Democratic Party has found herself embroiled in a scandal over a Jewish joke made by a former aide.

Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who heads the Democratic National Committee, has stated her unequivocal support for Danielle Gilbert, over a Facebook post about "Jewbags".

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Evangelicals set up £190k conversion drive in LA

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 4, 2012

The Chosen People Ministries, one of the largest evangelical groups in the United States which focuses on proselytising among Jews, has launched a $300,000 (£190k) "witnessing" drive in an effort to convince Jewish people to accept Jesus as their Messiah.

The new campaign, which is based in Los Angeles, features thousands of billboards, online ads and radio and TV commercials encouraging peopl

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Majority of Jews still plan to back Obama over Republicans

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The Republican Party's attempts to woo American Jewish voters appear to have been less than successful despite growing dissatisfaction with the incumbent of the White House.

According to an independent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, there has been little change in support levels since 2008.

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Evangelicals set up £190k conversion drive in LA

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 3, 2012

The Chosen People Ministries, one of the largest evangelical groups in the United States which focuses on proselytising among Jews, has launched a $300,000 (£190k) "witnessing" drive in an effort to convince Jewish people to accept Jesus as their Messiah.

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Brooklyn Bridge gunman admitted he wanted to kill Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

A Lebanese-born man who shot at the young Chasidic passengers of a bus on the Brooklyn Bridge in March 1995, killing a 16-year-old boy, later admitted that he deliberately targeted Jews.

Ari Halberstam, a yeshivah student, was killed when Rashid Baz opened fire on the 15 passengers on the bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Two others were seriously wounded.

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Warren Buffet 's latest investment: chametz

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

Warren Buffet, the world's third richest man, is known for his sharp grasp of international finance and his ability to sniff out a good deal.

His instincts did not fail him last month when he symbolically bought the chametz of a rabbi in his home state of Nebraska.

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'Jew Pond' gets name change in New Hampshire town

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2012

A small watery area used for fishing and skating in New Hampshire will no longer be known as "Jew Pond" after voters in the town of Mont Vernon opted to change its name.

The small rural town will now ask the US Geological Survey to rename it, after all but 33 of 157 voters backed the proposal.

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Obama's Aipac promises on Iran threat welcomed by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

President Barack Obama has vowed that all options will remain on the table when it comes to US action against a nuclear Iran.

The US leader, speaking at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference in Washington DC, said he would be willing to consider "all elements of American power" to counter the Iranian threat.

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Victory for Jewish basketball team over Shabbat game

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A Jewish basketball team will be playing for a place in a tournament final after organisers relented and changed the date of the semi-final game so it does not fall on Shabbat.

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Organisers refuse to move game for Jewish basketball team

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

A Texas school's basketball team have been denied its chance to compete in a state championship because the game has been scheduled for Shabbat.

Pupils at the Orthodox Jewish Robert M Beren Academy in Houston were left celebrating after they reached the semifinals of the state contest.

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