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FZY: independent Young Judea 'extremely positive'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Youth movement FZY has offered reassurance that the decision by its US partner to split from its longtime parent organisation will not impact programmes for British teenagers.

Young Judea announced last week that it would become independent from Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, after more than 70 years of collaboration.

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No feet - but he's suing over a pedicure

By Ellen Tumposky, June 16, 2011

A wheelchair-bound Chasidic Jew has filed more than 80 lawsuits in the past year over handicapped access, including suing a pedicure salon in Manhattan - even though he has no feet.

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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Foreskin man: Bird? Plane? Or libel?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero - Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants to make circumcision punishable by imprisonment, has produced two issues of the 'comic book'.

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Santa Monica anti-circumcision bill dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A leader of the anti-circumcision push in Santa Monica has dropped the campaign in the wake of allegations that another Californian campaigner is using antisemitic tactics.

Moves were underway in Santa Monica to secure a public vote in November for an initiative calling for the circumcision of males under the age of 18 to be made illegal and punishable by jail time.

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Foreskin man takes on Monster Mohel in comic book

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero – Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants the US government to make circumcision punishable by jail time, has written two issues of the comic book.

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Will Obama help carry Jews away from AIPAC?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 2, 2011

Is support for Israel in the US becoming the private domain of Republicans? Would this spell trouble for Jewish organisations like AIPAC?

The unprecedented departure from the bipartisan consensus on Israel that US President Barack Obama has undertaken since he came to power has raised this issue among Jewish Democrats.

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US to stay out of 'ugly, intolerant' Durban follow-up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The Obama administration has given official confirmation that it will not take part in the follow-up to the controversial Durban conference, set to take place at the United Nations headquarters in September.

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The Binyamin Netanyahu Congress remix song

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011
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The Israeli Prime Minister's address at Congress - to the tune of Yolanda be cool & Dcup's We No Speak Americano

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Netanyahu's address to Congress: full text

May 25, 2011

I am deeply moved by your warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.

Mr Vice President, do you remember the time that we were the new kids in town?

And I do see a lot of old friends here. And I see a lot of new friends of Israel here. Democrats and Republicans alike.

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