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    Anti-Semitic YouTube channel investigated Italian authorities are investigating a YouTube channel that posted songs setting anti-Semitic lyrics to Italian hit tunes. Investigators said whoever posted the songs to YouTube seems to be in Italy. The channel profile for "99fosse" opened April 19, 2008, remains active but no videos are posted. It identifies the owner as… More ▸

  • Bridging the Muslim-jewish Divide

    There was nothing unusual about some 20 devout Muslims from the King Fahad Mosque bowing and prostrating themselves as they recited the Isha, or night prayer. Only the site was Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, and the worshipers were outnumbered by about 80 Jews watching the unfamiliar ritual. At the same time, in another room… More ▸

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    Survey: Religious values ‘under attack’ A majority of Americans believe religious values are “under attack,” according to a survey. A national poll of 1,000 Americans commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League also found that those who believe Jews control Hollywood has decreased. “American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood,” which was conducted in October 2008,… More ▸

  • Emanuel Heads Forward List of Top 50 Jews

    Barack Obama’s pick for chief of staff topped the annual Forward list of the country’s most influential Jews. U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) was joined in the top five of the Forward 50 by political activist Jeremy Ben-Ami, Obama money woman Penny Pritzker, comedian Sarah Silverman and ethical kosher guru Rabbi Morris Allen. The annual… More ▸

  • San Francisco Holocaust Memorial Vandalized

    San Francisco’s Holocaust memorial was vandalized for the second time in two months. The memorial was defaced Wednesday with swastikas inside Stars of David drawn in black marker on the permanent art installation and on informational plaques. Dedicated in 1984, “The Holocaust,” by sculptor George Segal, is located outside the Legion of Honor Museum in… More ▸

  • Britain to Honor Israeli Industrialist

    Queen Elizabeth II will honor an Israeli industrialist after he donated $20 million to projects involving the United Kingdom’s maritime heritage. Sami Ofer will fund the project at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. A new wing at the National Maritime Museum will be named the Sami Ofer Wing. Ofer has been awarded… More ▸

  • Jerusalem Elects Secular Mayor

    The apparent victory of a secular businessman in Jerusalem’s mayoral elections was greeted with relief by Israelis concerned about the increasing Orthodox character of the city. Early exit polls Tuesday showed Nir Barkat, a city councilman and high-tech entrepreneur, leading the fervently Orthodox candidate, Rabbi Meir Porush, by several percentage points. The other viable candidate… More ▸

  • Holocaust Museum to Project Survivor Portraits

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will project portraits of survivors on its exterior walls as part of a slide show throughout Washington. Museums in Washington will project the images this week and next as part of the inaugural “FotoWeek DC” promoting the photographic arts. The images of 63 survivors, to be projected from dusk to… More ▸

  • Jews Looked Past Worries to Embrace Obama

    For some Jewish voters, the strangeness of Barack Obama was like a recurring dream: unsettling and then settling in, and then, suddenly, revelatory. Ari Wallach described breaking through to elderly Jews in Florida who had resisted voting for the son of the man from Kenya, the tall black man with the middle name “Hussein.” “It… More ▸

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    Recount in Franken-Coleman race The U.S. Senate race in Minnesota between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and comedian Al Franken is going to a recount. With nearly 2.9 million votes cast, Coleman defeated Franken by fewer than 700 votes, the Associated Press reported. The final margin was well within a state mandate for an automatic recount,… More ▸