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 By Alanna E. Cooper    News    January 12, 2018 

A Rust Belt synagogue 'runs out of people' and gathers to bury its past

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (JTA)-It was a frigid 10 degrees on Sunday, the last day of 2017, but some 20 people gathered at Congregation Tifereth Israel's cemetery in this city of 22,000 on the Ohio border. A bl...

 

International Jewish students group to launch anti-Semitism awareness campaign on campuses

JERUSALEM (JTA)—International Jewish student leaders will launch an international anti-Semitism awareness campaign on campuses worldwide and vowed to reject any attempts to deny the Armenian genocide. The World Union of Jewish Students at its 44th...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    January 12, 2018 

Camp establishes scholarship in memory of family killed in Costa Rica plane crash

NEW YORK (JTA)—A Jewish camp has created a scholarship fund in memory of a family who died in a plane crash in Costa Rica. Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative summer camp in Clayton, Georgia, established a fund in memory of the Weiss family on...

 

Flight attendants sue Delta Air Lines for anti-Jewish, anti-Israeli attitude

(JTA)—Four current and former flight attendants have filed a federal lawsuit against Delta Air Lines alleging that the company’s management has “an anti-Jewish, Hebrew and ethnic Israeli attitude.” The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District...

 

NY Port Authority suspect blames bombing on Israeli actions in Gaza

NEW YORK (JTA)—The suspect in a pipe bomb attack on this city’s Port Authority Bus Terminal said he was motivated by Israeli actions in Gaza, CNN reported. Akayed Ullah spoke with authorities at Bellevue Hospital, where he was taken after the bom...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 29, 2017

Why Jewish day schools are breathing a little easier on tax bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Lawmakers finalizing the proposed tax overhaul reportedly have removed a provision that had sent shivers through the graduate student and Jewish day school communities. The House...

 

Conservative movement severs ties with former youth director over alleged sexual abuse

The congregational arm of Conservative Judaism has severed ties with the longtime director of the denomination's youth movement after receiving "multiple testimonies" that corroborated an allegation o...

 

It's a world record for largest human menorah!

(JTA)-Students at a Jewish school in New Jersey broke the world record for the world's largest human menorah. Over 500 students from Ben Porat Yosef, a private school in Paramus, stood in the shape...

 

In stunning upset, Jones trumps Moore

WASHINGTON (JTA)—In a stunning upset, Roy Moore, the controversial Republican nominee backed by President Donald Trump in a Senate race in Alabama, was projected to lose against his Democratic challenger. Networks called the race late Tuesday...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 22, 2017

Al Franken's resignation pains his Jewish fans in Minnesota

(JTA)-It's a shame Al Franken has to go, Minnesota Jews say. But he has to go. That's the feeling Minnesota Jewish leaders expressed a day after the Democratic senator announced he would resign his...

 

In the shadow of Wrigley-Chicago's newest kosher deli

CHICAGO (JTA)-Baseball gloves and caricatures of famous ballplayers adorn the walls of Milt's Extra Innings-no surprise for a deli that's a short drive from Wrigley Field, the fabled home of the...

 

Linda Sarsour gets warm welcome at controversial panel on anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-Audience members greeted Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour with loud applause at an event here that in recent weeks became a rallying cry for both critics and defenders of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 1, 2017

Judaism is the star at a Bible museum built by Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (JTA)—As the Burning Bush crackles, God is heard. “Mow-zes,” God says in the mysterious mid-Atlantic accent that Hollywood once trained its actors to use—the one Anne Baxter as Nefertiti used to summon Charlton Heston’s Moses in...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    December 1, 2017

US deplores release of terrorist

The US expressed horror on Friday, Nov. 24, over the release by Pakistan last week of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai whose targets included Nariman House, the local Chabad center. “Th...

 

Doctor who treated Aly Raisman pleads guilty to molesting

(JTA)—The team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, accused of molesting gymnasts who sought treatment from him including Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, pleaded guilty to sexual assault against seven girls. Larry Nassar ente...

 

Trump sends out invites to White House Chanukah party

(JTA)—President Donald Trump will continue the White House tradition of hosting a Chanukah party. Invitations have been sent out George W. Bush started the tradition of an annual Chanukah party in 2001, the first year of his presidency. Barack...

 

Chanukah stamps on Amazon

Chanukah USPS Forever First class postage stamps are available on Amazon. The stamp features an illustration of a menorah in the window of a home. Forever stamps will always be valid for first class...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 1, 2017

After Harvey, this woman distributes mezuzahs to those who need them

(JTA)-As hurricane Harvey swept over Houston, Chava Gal-Or counted herself lucky. The water rose up to her door and a little bit seeped in, but her home did not flood. However, many in the Reform...

 

Jersey town sued over laws deterring Orthodox Jews

(JNS.org)—A complaint filed by New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino this week alleges that the New Jersey township of Mahwah has introduced laws that openly discriminate against Orthodox Jews, aimed at deterring them from moving into...

 

Statement on passing the Taylor Force Act

Washington, D.C.—The RJC released the following statement from Executive Director Matt Brooks: Today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs took a big step to enhance the security of Americans and Israelis. Sponsored by Representatives Doug...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 24, 2017

Stephen Bannon: 'I'm proud to be a Christian Zionist'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, called himself a "Christian Zionist" at the Zionist Organization of America's annual dinner. He also praised Repu...

 

This organization has trained 4,000 Jewish volunteers to keep synagogues safe

NEW YORK (JTA)-On a typical Shabbat in Teaneck, New Jersey, streets are blocked off outside of major synagogues. Uniformed off-duty police officers, paid by the synagogues for the morning, stand near...

 

Harvard honors a professor who helped its Jewish life flourish

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (JTA)-When Henry Rosovsky first arrived at Harvard University in 1949, a newly minted graduate of the College of William and Mary, the young Jewish refugee could hardly have imagined...

 
 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....

 

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