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Britain’s first Orthodox female rabbi is ordained

Dina Brawer became Britain’s first Orthodox female rabbi.

She received her semicha, or rabbinic ordination, on Monday in London from British-born Israeli academic and rabbi, Dr. Daniel Sperber, after he administered a two-hour exam.

Brawer, who was born in Milan to Moroccan-born parents, will take the title of “rabba.”

“I will describe myself as a rabbi, that’s what I’ve trained to do and that’s what I’m qualified to serve as,” she told Britain’s Jewish News.

She sat for her semicha, or ordination, test after completing a four-year program at Yeshivat Maharat in New York, according to the Jewish…

Connecticut legislature passes law requiring Holocaust education in state high schools

Legislation that would require Holocaust and genocide education in Connecticut high schools starting with the coming school year unanimously passed the state legislature.

The Connecticut House of Representatives on Monday voted 147-0 in favor of the bill. It had unanimously passed the Senate on April 24.

The bill will now go to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his signature.

The legislation requires local and regional school boards to include the Holocaust and other genocides in their social studies curriculum beginning with the…

Former JTA president tapped for US Treasury post

NEW YORK (JTA) — David Eisner, the immediate past president of JTA and its parent organization, 70 Faces Media, has been tapped to serve as assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for management.

In his new post, Eisner will be overseeing operations at the department.

In addition to serving at 70 Faces Media, Eisner is the past president of the Jewish Education Project and the current president of Ohr Torah Institutions of Israel, the educational network founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. He is also involved with several pro-Israel causes, including the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

“We welcome…

Lawsuit pits Jewish fundraiser against Jewish lobbyist over Qatar and leaked emails

(JTA) — Elliot Broidy, a major Jewish Republican donor and top fundraiser, has sued the government of Qatar and a Jewish lobbyist on its behalf for hacking and leaking his and his wife’s email accounts.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in California alleges that the emails were leaked to show that Broidy is using his relationship with elected Republicans to influence policy decisions. Broidy also accuses Nicolas Muzin, whose lobbying firm Stonington Strategies has a $300,000 monthly contract with the government of Qatar, of working to discredit Broidy’s attempt to “educate the American people about Qatar,” Reuters reported.

The hacked…

NYPD letter about wanted pedophile presented in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A convicted pedophile from New York is wanted in the city for another alleged offense, according to a document issued by the New York Police Department that was presented in an Israeli court.

The document was presented Thursday at a preliminary hearing in Jerusalem District Court for a libel suit filed by the convicted pedophile, Yona Weinberg, against Rabbi Yanky Horowitz, an anti-abuse activist from Monsey, New York.

According to the police document dated March 7,  Weinberg’s move to Israel in 2014 with his wife and young children has prevented him from being arrested and charged with…