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World War II GI from Knoxville is first U.S. soldier named Righteous Among the Nations

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Roddie Edmonds, an Army sergeant who prevented the deaths of fellow Jewish soldiers at a German POW camp during World War II, has become the first member of the American military ecognized as a Righteous Among the Nations. “Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds seemed like an ordinary American soldier, but he had an

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As visit with Obama begins, Netanyahu recommits to 2 states as “desired outcome”

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a meeting with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recommitted to a two-state outcome. “We have never given up our hope for peace,” Netanyahu told Obama on Monday at the White House in remarks to the media prior to their closed meeting. He said the desired outcome should be

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Rabbinical Council of America officially bans ordination or hiring of women rabbis

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

The resolution specifically bars women with title maharat


Pope Francis meets with Jewish leaders on 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

ROME (JTA) — Jewish leaders met Wednesday, Oct. 28 with Pope Francis in Rome on the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, the declaration promulgated by Pope Paul VI that led to improved relations between Jews and Catholics. “Yes to the rediscovery of the Jewish roots of Christianity. No to anti-Semitism,” the pope said during the public audience

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Foxman joins Israeli think tank

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

The former head of the ADL will be a distinguished nonresident fellow at the nonpartisan Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, which focuses on military and other strategic affairs


Mikulski’s support ensures survival of Iran deal

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

Sen. Barbara Mikulski said she will support the Iran nuclear deal, effectively ensuring that the agreement will survive attempts in Congress to overturn it.


Top 13 Jewish newsmakers of 5775

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — With the Jewish year winding down, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency looks back at 13 Jews who repeatedly made the news in 5775. Whether you love them or hate them — or your feelings are purely pareve — it’s hard to deny they had an impact.


Federation Board opposes Iran deal, urges Congress to reject it

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

The Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee approved a statement on Aug. 25 opposing the nuclear agreement with Iran and urging Congress to reject it. The board’s overwhelming vote in favor of the statement came a day after the Federation held an open, 90-minute community discussion of the issue at

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Freedman to lead discussion of Iran deal on Aug. 24

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

Mark S. Freedman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, will lead a community discussion of the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran at 5: 30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 in the meeting room of the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Freedman said all questions would be welcomed about the complex deal, which

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Netanyahu denies Israel talking with Hamas

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denied reports that Israel has been negotiating with Hamas. A statement from his office Monday was in response to media reports claiming that direct talks took place recently and were in their final stages. “Israel officially clarifies that there have been no meetings with Hamas. Not directly,

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