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Ukraine launches two museums

October 6, 2011

Two new Jewish museums are planned in Kiev, Ukraine. Jewish leaders in Ukraine announced last week that they hoped to begin construction in September next year, in addition to the several Jewish museums that already exist in the country.

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Tragedy in Uman as student dies

By Nissan Tzur, October 6, 2011

This year's annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the Ukrainian town of Uman, where Rabbi Nahman of Breslov is buried, has produced both tragedy and conflict with the Ukrainian authorities.

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah a 19-year-old yeshivah student, Eli Eliyah from Netanya, drowned after he was swept away in a pool of water in an abandoned mineshaft just outside Uman.

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Zuckerberg: Steve Jobs 'changed the world'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

Facebook's founder has paid tribute to the Apple pioneer Steve Jobs.

Mr Jobs died early this morning at the age of 56 after a long fight with cancer.

He was described as "mentor and a friend" by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who launched his company nearly 30 years after Apple was set up.

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Swedish boycotters criticised for targeting Israeli scientists

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

A US human rights organisation has called on a group of Swedish academics who are publicly boycotting Israel to change their minds in the wake of the awarding of a Nobel Prize to an Israeli scientist.

Daniel Shechtman was named this year's Nobel Laureate for Chemistry on Wednesday for his discovery of quasicrystals, a finding that went against established scientific consensus.

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Clinton warns UNESCO over Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The White House has cautioned the UN heritage organisation UNESCO to cease meddling in the Palestinian attempt unilaterally to gain statehood.

The warning came after the cultural agency began considering admitting the Palestinians into its ranks.

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Coen Brothers plan detective TV show

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The Coen brothers are turning their attention to the small screen.

The award-winning duo, who have four Academy Awards, have begun creating and producing an hour-long comedy about "a touchy Los Angeles private investigator".

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Palestinian bid on Security Council agenda for Friday

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Friday to discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood, two weeks after President Mahmoud Abbas took his application to the international body.

The Security Council will review the decision as Middle East negotiators from the Quartet meet in Brussels to discuss ways to revive peace talks.

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Students blow old shofar record away

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Canadian schoolchildren have broken the world record for shofar blowing.

Pupils at the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto gathered before Rosh Hashanah to blow 1,406 shofars simultaneously.

The feat is almost double that of a 2006 effort in Boston, when a paltry 796 rams' horns were tooted.

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Antisemitism still 'disturbing part' of US Jewish experience

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Antisemitic incidents in the United States were on the increase last year for the first time since 2004.

According to hate monitor the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), there was a slight rise in the number of reported assaults, vandalisms and cases of harassment against Jews last year, from 1,211 incidents in 2009 up to 1,239 incidents.

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Gene Simmons may now Kiss his bride

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has married his longtime girlfriend in a ceremony which will feature in the reality television series documenting their lives together.

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