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March 7, 2006
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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee named Howard Friedman as its new president. The Baltimore entrepreneur, 40, was elected by the AIPAC board a year ago but does not succeed the current president, Bernice Manocherian of New York, until this year’s AIPAC policy conference is completed on Tuesday.

The Foundation for Jewish Camping announced a program for experienced camp professionals to gain business, management and leadership skills. The Executive Leadership Initiative, unveiled this week at the foundation’s first National Leaders Assembly, will include development seminars over the course of 18 months, on-on-one coaching and mentoring, in addition to other programming. One foundation leader likened the initiative to an MBA for Jewish camping professionals.

Hamas rejected an offer of support from Al-Qaida’s No. 2 man. In a video shown Saturday on Al-Jazeera, Ayman al-Zawahiri called for jihad to reclaim Palestinian territory and implied backing for Hamas’ continued rejection of Israel. But a Hamas official quoted anonymously by The Associated Press said the two terrorist groups differ.

A new Chabad on-line function helps people manage their personal lives and Jewish calendars., a feature of, lets people keep track of upcoming Bar Mitzvahs, remember yahrtzeit dates, see what time Shabbat begins and block out time for next year’s holidays. Because Jewish dates shift with the lunar calendar, this function enables users to update important holidays and anniversaries years in advance.

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