Established in 1937 as “a force for constructive communal consciousness,” the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin communicates the messages of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and its agencies, and, as the city’s only Jewish newspaper, aims to inform, inspire and enrich the lives of all members of this diverse community.

Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

(JTA) – A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April – the third such case to be tried in 2016.

A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS guard, whose name has not been released, is fit to stand trial, Agence France Press reported. [Read more…]

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Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem

Hadar Cohen (Screenshot from Twitter)

Hadar Cohen was buried Thursday at Yahud Military Cemetery, where Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh called her “a hero, whose actions prevented a much larger tragedy.”(Screenshot from Twitter)

(JTA) – Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier.

The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zakarna and Mohammed Kamil from the Jenin area of the West Bank were given to Palestinian Authority officers Friday afternoon, Ynet reported. [Read more…]

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Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who replaced her with younger model

Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer posing during a photocall for the TV show “Hostages” as part of the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco, June 11, 2014. (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer posing during a photocall for the TV show “Hostages” as part of the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco, June 11, 2014. (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – An Israeli fashion store’s decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women’s rights in that industry.

Zurer, a Tel Aviv-born actress who had prominent roles in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film “Munich” and the 2013 Superman movie “Man of Steel,” sued the Golbary chain of discount fashion stores last month for wrongful dismissal after working for 11 years as their house model, the Globes daily reported Monday. [Read more…]

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Lithuanian Jewish leader seeks delay on naming alleged Holocaust perpetrators

(JTA) – The leader of Lithuania’s Jewish community supported a proposal to delay publishing the names of suspected Holocaust perpetrators out of concern for their families’ reputation and privacy.

Faina Kukliansky, a former prosecutor and president of the Jewish Community of Lithuania, made this assertion following discussions in Lithuania on publishing a list of 1,000 names that historians from the state-owned Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania have spent years compiling. [Read more…]

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Palestinian killed as Israel hands out West Bank demolition notices

Palestinians watch an Israeli soldier on patrol in a street on September 23, 2013 in Hebron, West Bank. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Palestinians watch an Israeli soldier on patrol in a street on September 23, 2013 in Hebron, West Bank. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli troops following the handing out of demolition notices to seven West Bank households which belonged to terrorists.

The fatality, a male teenager, was shot Friday during riots near Hebron, According to the Ma’an news agency. [Read more…]

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At prayer breakfast, Obama cites rescuers, Jewish fight for civil rights

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. President Barack Obama cited examples of Jews and those who rescued them in a prayer day message calling on Americans to overcome fear and welcome the stranger.

Obama in remarks Thursday to the annual National Prayer Breakfast cited multiple examples of faith communities working together to bring relief to natural disaster zones, to care for the sick and to welcome refugees. [Read more…]

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Gay conversion therapy active in Israel

(JTA) – Conversion therapists who claim they can turn gays to heterosexuals say they have found a haven in Israel.

An estimated 20 to 30 licensed psychologists and social workers and 50 non-licensed therapists practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel, The Associated Press reported Thursday.  [Read more…]

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UN’s Ban to speak at Manhattan synagogue’s Shabbat service

(JTA) – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak at a Shabbat service at an Orthodox synagogue in New York.

The service this Saturday at the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan is in honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was observed around the world last week. Ban will be accompanied by Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon. [Read more…]

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