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Leonard Nimoy, actor who played Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy (L) and wife Susan Bay arrive at the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) (JTA) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Spock on “Star Trek,” died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. […]

Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

Guitar legend Jorma Kaukonen, 74, recently released his first solo album since 2009. (Scotty Hall) Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released his first solo album since 2009. While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing […]

Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

(JTA) — Italian lawmakers backed a non-binding resolution urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state. Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, the news site repubblica.it reported on Friday. Friday’s symbolic vote does not change the position of the Italian […]

Politician for French National Front says Jews blocking his musical career

(JTA) — A French amateur singer affiliated with the far-right National Front party said his musical career is being blocked by Jews because he is not part of their clique. Xavier Sainty, a candidate for National Front from the central Allier region in the upcoming regional elections, made the statement on social media earlier this month, […]

China, World Jewish Congress to commemorate Shanghai Ghetto liberation

A Jewish girl and her Chinese friends in the Shanghai Ghetto during World War II, from the collection of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. (Wikimedia Commons) (JTA) — The World Jewish Congress and China’s government are preparing a joint commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Shanghai Ghetto. The People’s Republic of China […]

Madonna hacker indicted in Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Tel Aviv man was indicted for hacking American pop star Madonna’s computer and selling unreleased songs. Adi Lederman, 39, was charged on Tuesday in Tel Aviv Magistrate Court with illegal wiretapping, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and obstruction of justice. An undercover investigation by the Internet crime unit of Israel’s anti-fraud police […]

Jewish disability activists lobby Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Activists from across the country marked Jewish Disability Advocacy Day by lobbying members of Congress to preserve Social Security disability insurance and increase funding for transportation. The day-long event held Wednesday was sponsored by two dozen organizations, including the Jewish Federations of North America, and included lobbying on Capitol Hill and speeches […]

Calif. Jewish cemetery accused of mishandling remains is sued a second time

(JTA) — A Jewish cemetery accused of disturbing dead people’s remains is being sued for the second time. Several dozen relatives of people buried at Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, Calif., filed a complaint Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging mass disturbances of their loved ones’ graves. About 40,000 people are buried […]

White House: Netanyahu Visit Won’t Affect Iran Talks

White House spokesman downplays notion that Netanyahu speech will affect Iran talks, adds the Israeli PM is only offering military action.

Political Correspondent: Bennett Won the Televised Debate

Kol Yisrael radio’s political correspondent says Jewish Home chairman was the clear winner of Thursday evening’s eight-person debate.

Home of PM’s Former Housekeeper Broken Into

Menny Naftali files police complaint over break-in to his Afula home, says no valuables were taken.

Iran and P5+1 Officials to Meet Again Next Week

EU confirms senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland next week.

Netanyahu: Relations with America Can Withstand Disagreements

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explains it is his duty to try to stop an agreement with Iran that is “very dangerous” for Israel.

Italy ‘Supports the Goal’ of a Palestinian State

Italian deputies call on the government to support the goal of a Palestinian state, stop short of supporting recognition.

Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

Actor who played Spock based his “live long and prosper” gesture on the way kohanim recite the priestly blessing.

Syria: Kurds Capture Part of Key ISIS Stronghold

Kurdish fighters seize parts of Tal Hamis after six days of fighting, during which nearly 200 ‘Islamic State’ fighters killed.

Police Arrest Suspected Third Accomplice in Copenhagen Attacks

Man to be ‘charged with complicity’ in Omar el-Hussein’s murder of two people at a free speech conference and synagogue.

Egypt Islamic Body Condemns ISIS Destruction of Artifacts

Dar al-Ifta says Islamic State’s destruction of Iraq’s ancient heritage shows their ignorance of the Muslim faith.

Iran nuclear talks advancing but no deal likely next week

Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers

UAE and Kuwait to reopen embassies in Yemen’s south, backing Hadi

White House ‘hopeful’ on coalition for Iran nuclear talks amid Netanyahu visit

Obama to host new Afghan leaders at White House on March 24

‘US will be able to detect Iranian sprint to nuclear bomb,’ ex-Obama aide says

Dennis Ross told Channel 2 that the agreement being discussed would enable Western officials to perform “anytime, anywhere inspections.”

Jordan takes no chances in confronting native Jihadis

ISIS burning of Jordanian pilot shakes troubled kingdom as government steps up security crackdown, arrests of jihadis.

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