Young men attend meeting to hear how their anti-semitic actions affected West Boca community, according to the Sun Sentinel.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports about the oldest surviving Jewish residence in North America.

Globes reports that Israel ranks 26 of 175 countries in "Business Friendliness."

Jewish candidates scored victories in primaries across the United States. (JTA)

The right to contest seats in the U.S. House of Representatives was won Tuesday by Gabrielle Giffords and Ellen Simon in Arizona, both Democrats; Steve Kagen in Wisconsin, a Democrat; Paul Hodes in New Hampshire, a Democrat; and Alan Fine, a Jewish Republican in Minneapolis who will face Keith Ellison, a Democrat who could become the first Muslim in the U.S. Congress.

U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders handily won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Vermont and Eliot Spitzer, New York’s attorney general, came one step closer to the governor’s mansion by easily picking up the Democratic nomination.

Douglas Gansler won the Democratic nomination for attorney general in Maryland, but balloting problems left a number of other races undecided in that state, although U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin was leading in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Two Jews and a man bringing up his children Jewish were neck in neck to replace Cardin.

In Rhode Island, U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican and Israel’s toughest critic in the Senate, had national party backing in his successful bid to fend off a a pro-Israel rival.


A Jewish-led campaign aims to expel Iran from the United Nations. (JTA)

Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and lawyers Irwin Cotler and Alan Dershowitz are backing the Jerusalem Council for Public Affairs’ campaign.

The group will circulate a document calling for the United Nations to oust Iran because it has violated the U.N. Charter with its threats to destroy Israel.

Meanwhile, Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, urged U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to redisplay a U.N. Holocaust exhibit during next week’s visit by Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map.


Israel signalled willingness to weigh releasing a jailed Lebanese terrorist as part of efforts to retrieve two soldiers held hostage by Hezbollah. (JTA)

After Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah reiterated Monday that the reservists abducted on July 12 would not be freed unless there was an exchange including the release of Samir Kuntar, Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz indicated this was not out of the question.

"The matter of Kuntar is on the agenda and will be considered," Peretz told Army Radio on Tuesday.

Jerusalem had previously ruled out including Kuntar, who is serving a life prison sentence for a 1979 terrorist attack in which three members of an Israeli family were killed, in any swap with Hezbollah. The Shi´ite militia is also demanding amnesty for another two-dozen Lebanese held in Israeli jails, including guerrillas captured in the recent war.


The public may vote on finalists for the best Jewish fiction of the past decade. (JTA)

The voting, at, will decide among “Ravelstein” by Saul Bellow, “Everything Is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer, “In the Image” by Dara Horn, “The Puttermesser Papers” by Cynthia Ozick, “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth and “The Wedding Jester” by Steve Stern.

The winner, as well as the other winners of this year’s Koret Jewish Book Awards, will be announced Nov. 15 in San Francisco.

The Koret awards are managed by Jewish Family & Life in cooperation with the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.


A non-Jewish business group in Ontario called on Quebec corporate leaders to join the fight against anti-Semitism. (JTA)

Tony Comper of Fighting Anti-Semitism Together made his pitch Monday in Montreal.

In Ontario, a curriculum-based multimedia program called “Choose Your Voice: Anti-Semitism in Canada” already is reaching children in many schools.

The organization plans to introduce a French language, made-in-Quebec version of the program.


Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip. (JTA)

The soldier died Tuesday during an incursion over the Kissufim border crossing when his unit came under fire.

The Popular Resistance Committees, a Palestinian faction, claimed responsibility.

It was Israel’s first combat fatality in Gaza since tanks and troops re-entered the territory in June following the abduction of a soldier by Palestinian gunmen.


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