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July 18, 2005
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Argentina’s first lady visited the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who also is an Argentine senator, traveled to Los Angeles to present an exhibition on former Argentine first lady Eva Peron, and put white roses at a monument to Holocaust victims.

A former chairwoman of the Republican Jewish Coalition reportedly is the front-runner to head the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Washington Post reported Friday that Cheryl Halpern, a CPB board member, is considered the likely choice to replace Kenneth Tomlinson as head of the board, which provides funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations across the country. Halpern, a major Republican donor, also is active with B’nai B’rith International and the Anti-Defamation League, and was a U.S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s conference on anti-Semitism in 2003.

The Israeli Embassy in Cairo has agreed to help maintain a synagogue in the Egyptian capital. The 70-year-old Meir Einayim synagogue is scheduled to reopen Friday, after an agreement between Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Shalom Cohen, and the head of Egypt’s Jewish community.

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