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 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 17, 2017 

Here are five Jewish takeaways from Election Day

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The big post-Election Day headline is the stunning Democratic sweep in Virginia's gubernatorial and House elections, coupled with the predicted Democratic win of the governor's...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 10, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody's happy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-On May 2, Israel's Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King's bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel....

 

Gabe Kapler is named Phillies manager

(JTA)—Gabe Kapler, a major league outfielder for 12 seasons and a coach for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler, who played for seven teams, has been the head of player development for...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 10, 2017

Jews for Jesus commissioned a study on Jewish millennials-here's what it found

NEW YORK (JTA)-Are Jewish millennials the most religious generation? And do one-fifth of them think Jesus was God in human form? Yes and yes, says a new survey of 599 Jews born from 1984 to 1999. The...

 

Trump names attorney who fights campus anti-Semitism to civil rights post

(JTA)—Kenneth L. Marcus, an attorney who has championed the use of the 1964 federal civil rights act to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism on campus, has been appointed assistant secretary for civil rights in the Department of Education....

 

Ohio State sued for denying Richard Spencer a place to speak

(JTA)—The booking agent for white nationalist Richard Spencer has filed a federal lawsuit against The Ohio State University for refusing a request to rent space on campus for a speech by the controversial far-right figure. The lawsuit was filed...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 3, 2017

Orthodox Union's new project says women don't need to be rabbis to be leaders

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Orthodox Union is founding its own division to advance women as congregational leaders, as well as to promote Jewish study and communal participation for women in Modern Orthodoxy....

 

Richard Spencer: Five things to know

Richard Spencer is an alt right leader The 39-year-old Spencer has become the most recognizable public face of the alt right, a loose network of people who promote white identity and reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace...

 

Schumer renews call for embassy move after Trump puts idea on hold

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer renewed his call for President Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem after the president said he wanted to wait to give his...

 

Jewish camp in Northern California ravaged by forest fire

(JTA)—Much of a Reform Jewish summer camp has been wiped out by forest fires sweeping across Northern California. The Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman, an hour north of the San Francisco Bay, has been “mostly destroyed” by the fires bur...

 
 By Paul Miller    News    October 20, 2017

Wisconsin the latest state to introduce anti-BDS legislation

Two Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin last week introduced legislation to prohibit businesses from engaging in boycotts of Israel as a condition of any state contract. In recent years, more than 20 U.S. states have passed legislation...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 20, 2017

Three Supreme Court cases Jews are watching closely

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Supreme Court is back in session with a full bench of nine justices, so expect more momentous decisions after nearly a year of caution. Now that the high court is back to its previous equilibrium—four solid liberals, four...

 
 By Sue Fishkoff    News    October 20, 2017

Kosher winery damaged as wildfires rage on in Northern California

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)-A kosher winery in Northern California sustained widespread damage from a wildfire still raging along the southern part of the Silverado Trail in Na...

 

School project to remember Holocaust victims surpasses goal of 11 million stamps

BOSTON (JTA)-A 9-year-old school project to commemorate Holocaust victims surpassed its unlikely goal to collect 11 million stamps, representing the lives of 6 million Jews and 5 million other...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 6, 2017

Professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

(JTA)-Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 6, 2017

Puerto Rico's Jews turn to helping neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Maria

(JTA)-After he managed to bribe three van drivers to load their vehicles with aid supplies and drive him and his crew from the San Juan airport, Eli Rowe felt his humanitarian mission was off to a...

 

Meet Mike Tolkin, the Jewish millennial running for NYC mayor

NEW YORK (JTA)-Mike Tolkin apologizes for checking his phone as he sits down at a café in this city's Flatiron district. The 32-year-old Democratic New York mayoral hopeful was waiting to hear Tuesd...

 
 By Jonah Cohen    News    September 29, 2017

Are high school books anti-Israel?

When researchers at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America reported earlier this year that public school history textbooks and curricular materials were indoctrinating students against Israel, some high school officials were...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 29, 2017

How Houston handled the High Holidays after Harvey

(JTA)-A few weeks ago, Holly Davies was getting ready to homeschool her kids and preparing the family for the High Holidays. When Hurricane Harvey hit, she helped evacuate 150 people from her...

 

Synagogues cancelled Rosh Hashanah services as Maria hit

(JTA)—Puerto Rico’s three synagogues closed for Rosh Hashanah as Hurricane Maria pummeled the island. The synagogues, all in or nearby San Juan, canceled Wednesday evening services for the Jewish New Year and urged members to stay home,...

 
 By Yvette Alt    News    September 29, 2017

Tufts University activists publish guide calling Israel a 'white supremacist state'

(JTA)-Tufts University's Hillel is described as "an organization that supports a white supremacist state" in a student-written guide to activist life at the university. The Tufts University...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 22, 2017

FEMA for houses of worship

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A tweet by President Donald Trump on Friday night, with Houston recovering from Hurricane Harvey and his sister Irma set to ravage Florida, is renewing hope among Jewish groups that have long advocated for emergency assistance to...

 

Houston Jewish community 'could take years' to recover from Harvey

(JTA)-The Jewish community in Houston has seen "devastating" damage from Hurricane Harvey and could take years to recover, a federation official said. "Recovery like this-it is a disaster larger than...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 8, 2017

Not even Harvey could stop this family from publishing Houston's Jewish paper

(JTA)-As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Houston Friday, Vicki Samuels Levy dashed over to the offices of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, took the proofs of this week's newspaper and went to her...

 

Israel sends aid to flood-battered Texas

Two teams of Israeli aid experts are on their way to Texas to provide vital relief and psychosocial support to the thousands of people who have lost everything in the catastrophic Tropical Storm Harve...

 

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