Daybreak: Homeless Survivor, Philanthropist
Nixon and the bomb, women step up, and more in the news
• A 92-year-old homeless Holocaust survivor passed away, leaving $100,000 to Hebrew University, and another $100,000 to a man who employed her to move his car around Manhattan, avoiding parking tickets, in exchange for food and shelter. [JPost]
• Recently declassified documents reveal Richard Nixon’s role in creating Israel’s “nuclear ambiguity.” [Haaretz]
• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed protesters at a town hall meeting on health care as “people who carry swastikas.” [VIN]
• New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson wants to investigate Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s alleged misuse of discretionary funds to make donations to two Jewish organizations. [NYDN]
• Women in Europe are taking on Jewish communal leadership roles in greater numbers than ever. [JTA]
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