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  • Steven Mnuchin confirms nomination as Trump’s Treasury secretary

    (JTA) — Trump campaign finance chief Steve Mnuchin confirmed that President-elect Donald Trump has selected him to serve as Treasury secretary. Mnuchin made the announcement during an early morning CNBC interview appearing with billionaire investor Wilbur Ross Jr., who has been nominated as Commerce secretary. Mnuchin, 53, who is Jewish, made his fortune as a banker…

  • Israeli airstrikes reportedly hit Syrian army position, Hezbollah arms convoy

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force reportedly attacked a Syrian army position and a Hezbollah weapons convoy, according to reports originating in the Arab media. The reported attacks took place early Wednesday morning along the highway connecting Damascus and Beirut, and required the military airplanes to fly in Lebanese airspace. SANA, the official news agency…

  • Jewish Family Service of Buffalo to resettle 50 refugees

    (JTA) — The Jewish Family Service of Buffalo will help resettle 50 refugees from the world’s trouble spots. The agency will settle the refugees in Niagara Falls, New York, in an area with affordable housing, the Buffalo News reported. It is not known which country or countries the refugees will come from. The five top…

  • Rabbi Ben Zion Shenker, composer of 500 Hasidic melodies, dies at 91

    (JTA) — Rabbi Ben Zion Shenker, who composed more than 500 Hasidic melodies, or niggunim, including some recorded by Itzhak Perlman, has died. Shenker died Nov. 20 in Brooklyn, New York, at 91. He reportedly suffered from heart problems. Shenker, who was an ordained rabbi, was associated with the Polish Modzitzer Hasidic sect. He recorded…

  • Historic Wales synagogue listed for sale

    (JTA) — A synagogue identified as the oldest in Wales is for sale for under $375,000. The Valleys synagogue, founded in Merthyr Tydfil in 1875, stopped holding services during the 1970s. Since 1983, it has been used as a Christian community center, and most recently as a gym before it closed approximately 10 years ago,…

  • Time reportedly spurns purchase offer from Edgar Bronfman Jr.

    (JTA) — Time Inc. reportedly has spurned a bid from Edgar Bronfman Jr. to buy the company. Bronfman and Access Industries, headed by Len Blavatnik, had submitted a bid to buy the magazine publishing company, including its flagship magazine as well as publications such as People, Time and Sports Illustrated, for $18 a share, more…

  • 9 Israeli municipalities to receive fire compensation from terror funds

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Haifa is among nine Israeli cities and towns listed by the Israeli government hit by fires that were caused by arson and may have been terror motivated. The list released on Tuesday by the Tax Authority will allow the residents of those communities whose property was destroyed in the massive wildfires to…

  • Rabbi says couples whose marriage licenses burned in wildfires cannot live together

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The chief rabbi of an area affected by the wildfires that cut across Israel said couples whose marriage licenses were destroyed in the blazes cannot live together until they draw up a new one. Rabbi Mordechai Abramovski of Zichron Yaakov said in an interview with the haredi Orthodox news website Kikar HaShabbat…

  • Rivlin hosts Jerusalem meeting of Jewish, Muslim leaders over muezzin bill

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Reuven Rivlin of Israel hosted a meeting of Jewish and Muslim leaders in Jerusalem in the wake of public debate over a bill that would mute mosques’ loudspeakers. “Jerusalem has always brought together the various voices, the Jewish prayers with the muezzin’s call to prayer along with the church bells. I…

  • Bill proposes ban on non-Orthodox worship at Western Wall

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Sephardi Orthodox Shas party has proposed a bill that would prevent any kind of non-Orthodox public prayer at the Western Wall. Under the draft bill announced late Monday by Shas, a fine of some $2,500 or a six-month prison sentence would be levied on participants in egalitarian prayer services or on…