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  • U.S. nuclear negotiator suggests Iran deal could be close at hand

    Ron Kampeas, JTA|Nov 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory? Wendy Sherman, the top U.S. negotiator, in an unusually detailed and optimistic speech on Oct. 23, for the first time suggested that the pieces of a deal were in place and all that was needed was Iranian willingness to wrap it up by the Nov. 24 deadline. “I can tell you that all the components of a plan that should be acceptable to both sides are on the table,” Sherman, an undersecretary of state, said at a C... Full story

  • At 105, 'British Schindler' celebrated in Prague

    Jan Richter, JTA|Nov 7, 2014

    PRAGUE (JTA) - A 105-year-old man known as the "British Oskar Schindler" - having saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis - received the Czech Republic's highest honor on Oct. 28. Sir Nicholas Winton was flown on a Czech military plane to Prague, where Czech President Miloš Zeman awarded him the Order of the White Lion. Seven of the 669 children he rescued were present at Tuesday's ceremony, which coincided with the Czechoslovak Independence Day. "I want to thank you all for this tremen... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of new briefs from JTA

    Nov 7, 2014

    Conversion reform passes Cabinet vote JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s Cabinet approved a government regulation that will reform the conversion process. The regulation, which echoes the controversial conversion bill that for the second time passed the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, was approved on Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting. It will have the force of law but can be rescinded by the Cabinet. Only the Jewish Home party’s Uri Ariel, who serves as housing minister, voted against the regulation, The Jerusalem Post reported. The regul... Full story

  • Museum ready to illuminate millennium-long Jewish history of Poland

    Michele Alperin, JNS.org|Nov 7, 2014

    Given that half of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust came from Poland, many descendants of Polish Jews may be surprised to learn about the current hospitable environment for the Jewish population of their ancestors' country. Poland experiences far less anti-Semitism than the typical European country and is home to a burgeoning-albeit relatively small-Jewish community (estimates suggest 10,000-20,000, but no definitive figures are available). At the same time, young non-Jewish Poles ar... Full story

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