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Jacques Torczyner, U.S. Zionist leader, 98

Jacques Torczyner, a former national president of the Zionist Organization of America, has died. Torczyner, a leader in the Zionist movement in the United States and around the world, died March 7 in Saratoga, Calif. He was 98. He served as ZOA president from 1968 to 1973, and was emeritus president until his death. “Jacques Torczyner was a tireless and galvanizing figure in American Zionism,” said Morton Klein, ZOA’s national president, in a statement. “He was a leading and active member of every important Zionist committee, flying to Israel regularly.” Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Torczyner escaped the Nazis and came to the United States in 1941. ‏(JTA‏)

U.S. judge refuses to bar Jews from jury
A U.S. federal court judge rejected a Jewish attorney’s request to exclude Jews from a jury involving a client facing charges of lying about joining the Taliban. Judge Eric Vitaliano of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ruled Monday that it would be unconstitutional to bar a prospective juror because of religion, the New York Post reported. (JTA)