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Photo spread: Chanukah celebrations in Ottawa

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Beit Tikvah: Children enjoy games at the Beit Tikvah Chanukah party, December 24, the first night of the holiday.

Beit Tikvah: Children enjoy games at the Beit Tikvah Chanukah party, December 24, the first night of the holiday.

Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad: Latkes, lattes for the adults, and craft-making for the kids were among the attractions at Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad’s Latkes and Lattes Brunch on the first day of Chanukah, December 25.

Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad: Latkes, lattes for the adults, and craft-making for the kids were among the attractions at Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad’s Latkes and Lattes Brunch on the first day of Chanukah, December 25.

Chabad Hebrew School: Chabad Hebrew School students prepare for Chanukah by making their own sufganiyot, December 18.

Chabad Hebrew School: Chabad Hebrew School students prepare for Chanukah by making their own sufganiyot, December 18.

Merivale High School: The Jewish Culture Club at Merivale High School celebrated Chanukah, December 20, with a pre-holiday Latkepalooza.

Merivale High School: The Jewish Culture Club at Merivale High School celebrated Chanukah, December 20, with a pre-holiday Latkepalooza.

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Right-wing Israeli lawmakers, settler leaders to attend Trump inauguration

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Right-wing Israeli lawmakers and leaders of the settler movement reportedly will attend the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

The lawmakers, according to the Forward, include Likud Party member Yehuda Glick, a former U.S. citizen and Temple Mount activist who lives in the West Bank settlement of Otniel, and Likud lawmaker Sharren Haskel, an immigrant from Canada. [Read more…]

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Obama on nuclear deal anniversary: Defence of Israel against Iran has been ‘steadfast’

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration had remained “steadfast” in countering Iranian threats to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, in their final week in office, marked the anniversary Monday of the implementation of the deal reached between Iran and six major powers led by the United States exchanging sanctions relief for a nuclear rollback. [Read more…]

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Trump: Jared Kushner a ‘natural’ to solve Middle East conflict

(JTA) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump reiterated that his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner could head efforts to broker a Middle East peace deal.

In an interview with the German newspaper Bild and The Times of London published Monday, Trump was asked what role Kushner, husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, would play in his role as an unpaid adviser to his administration. [Read more…]

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Israel’s attorney general won’t release Netanyahu tapes during police investigation

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit said that releasing recordings of conversations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yediot Acharonot publisher Arnon Mozes could obstruct the current police investigation into possible corruption.

Mandleblit said during a speech Monday at the Netanya Academic College that he would consider releasing the tapes at a later date, however, due to their public significance. [Read more…]

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