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Inside the Beltway

Local | WorldPublished: 11 February 2011

New Jersey’s senators last week teamed up with fellow lawmakers in sending out letters supportive of Israel to parties ranging from the German government to Republican members of Congress.

Eleven senators, led by Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), called on the German government to stop a Hamburg-based bank from doing business with an Iranian bank that supports Iran’s nuclear program.

The senators wrote to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, urging his government to crack down on the activities of Europaisch-Iranische Handelsbank.


World Wide Wrap welcomes worshippers

Local | WorldPublished: 04 February 2011

Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers won’t be the only ones praying on Superbowl Sunday.

Across New Jersey, the United States, and the world, men, women, and children will gather to participate in a morning minyan, or morning prayer service. But many of those who gather on this particular Sunday will perform an ancient ritual for the first, or the only, time this year.

The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, which oversees men’s clubs at Conservative synagogues around the world, has once again organized the World Wide Wrap. Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 6, the 11th World Wide Wrap is an international, coordinated minyan encouraging Jews to participate in one of the basic mitzvot, or commandments, in the Torah: the wrapping of tefillin.


Rutgers students rise up to protest anti-Zionist program

LocalPublished: 04 February 2011

Hundreds of students and community members assembled on Saturday at Rutgers University to protest an event sponsored by two non-campus groups that invoked the memory of the Holocaust to criticize Israeli policy towards Palestinians.

The program, sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), is part of a national effort called the “Never Again for Anyone” tour and features a Holocaust survivor who criticizes Israeli policy. The event, at a hall on the university’s Douglass campus, drew 400 protestors and aroused more student outrage than previous events critical of Israel on campus, according to Sarah Morrison, student president of Rutgers Hillel.

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