European rabbinic body giving top honors to Merkel

BERLIN -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive a top award from Europe's mainstream Orthodox rabbinic body.
The Conference of European Rabbis announced Monday that Merkel will be awarded the 2013 Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry for her dedication to the German Jewish community and "outspoken denunciation of anti-Semitism throughout Europe."
The award will be presented in May at the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels; for security reasons the exact date has not been released.