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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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Hamas, Israel reportedly negotiating long-term accord

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel and Hamas reportedly are negotiating a long-term deal that would end Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in exchange for an end to Hamas attacks on Israel. Based on Arabic-language news sources, Israeli papers are reporting that negotiations on the agreement are in their final stages, and that the agreement has

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Hawkish Danon named Israel’s U.N. envoy

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Danny Danon, a hardliner from Netanyahu’s Likud party who opposes a Palestinian state, as ambassador to the United Nations. Danon’s appointment, which was announced Friday, is meant to allow him to fight for the truth, Netanyahu said in a statement. “The U.N. is an important forum right

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