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 By Ben Sales    News    June 23, 2017 

80 percent of Reform rabbis are Democrats-that's higher than any other clergy

NEW YORK (JTA)-The vast majority of Reform and Conservative rabbis affiliate as Democrats, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday by Yale University, found that more than 80 percent...

 

Brandeis graduates encouraged to 'stand up for justice'

In a stirring speech at Brandeis University's 66th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, Rosalie Silberman Abella, the first Jewish woman named to the Canadian Supreme Court, reminded graduates of the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 9, 2017

More synagogues are getting rid of their mandatory dues

NEW YORK (JTA)—“Voluntary dues” may sound like an oxymoron, but the idea may soon be coming to a synagogue near you. According to a new study by the UJA-Federation of New York, the number of non-Orthodox synagogues nationwide that have...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    June 2, 2017

Dems, Jews join Trump in protesting Palestinian terror payments

WASHINGTON—Prominent Democrats and major U.S. Jewish organizations are joining President Donald Trump in calling on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop making payments to imprisoned terrorists and their families. Trump raised the issued during...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 2, 2017

Some Jewish groups breathe relief as Trump's woes distract him from his agenda

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s not quite schadenfreude, but some Jewish organizational officials are sighing in relief at President Donald Trump’s cascade of domestic woes, saying it may present opportunities for their relatively liberal agenda....

 

Ronald Lauder vs. Sheldon Adelson: Which Jewish billionaire has Trump's ear on Israel?

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—Bill Clinton consulted with folks who came up with him in Arkansas, George W. Bush preferred Texan veterans of his family’s hard-fought political battles and Barack Obama had his Chicago peeps. Who does the first...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 19, 2017

James Comey, fired by Trump and reviled by Democrats, had admirers among Jewish defense officials

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"You make us better," James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League in his final public speech as FBI director. Judging from the applause in the conference room at the venerable...

 

New Jersey university students vote down BDS resolution

(JTA)—The student government at Montclair State University reportedly voted down a resolution calling on the school to boycott Israel. The measure was defeated April 26 by a vote of 11-1, with six abstentions. An earlier survey aimed at gauging...

 

US senators to UN: Treatment of Israel 'must change'

(JTA)—All 100 members of the U.S. Senate signed a letter to the leader of the United Nations urging a comprehensive effort to remedy the organization’s “anti-Israel agenda.” The letter, which was sent April 27 to Secretary-General Antonio Gut...

 

Princeton Jewish student center denies space for exhibit criticizing Israeli military

(JTA)—The Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University denied space to the local chapter of J Street U for an exhibition created by the left-wing Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. The J Street U chapter decided to go forward with the exhibit, to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 5, 2017

On Jews and the Holocaust, Trump signals that he finally gets it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    May 5, 2017

Leading U.S. Jewish groups laud Trump's Holocaust speech

Leading American Jewish groups were quick to praise President Donald Trump’s forthright condemnation of anti-Semitism during a Holocaust commemoration speech. Speaking on behalf of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations...

 

Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. surging in 2017, rose by a third in 2016

(JTA)-Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. There has...

 

Texas House says no to BDS

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill banning state entities from dealing with businesses that boycott Israel or its settlements. The bill approved Thursday follows the state Senate’s approval of a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 28, 2017

Four things to know about Bret Stephens, the latest Jewish New York Times columnist

NEW YORK (JTA)-At first glance, The New York Times' hiring of another white, Jewish male opinion-page columnist is anything but news. But the arrival of Bret Stephens, formerly the foreign affairs...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 21, 2017

A state legislator called J Street anti-Semitic: Right to left, Jewish groups disagree

NEW YORK (JTA)—Is J Street anti-Semitic? A South Carolina state legislator insists it is. But few, if any, Jewish leaders seem to agree. Alan Clemmons, a Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, is a darling of the pro-Israel community. He led the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 21, 2017

When politics gets in the way of Jewish giving

NEW YORK (JTA)-Lisa Greer didn't think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel's West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 7, 2017

Three times AIPAC speakers weren't so bipartisan this year

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"Many voices, one mission." If AIPAC's 2017 annual policy conference slogan, popping up on the conference app on activists' smartphones, isn't clear enough, the morning pick-me-up...

 

JCC Association, delegation of Jewish leaders meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON—On the morning of March 30, JCC Association of North America and a delegation of Jewish leaders met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The meeting comes in the aftermath of 88 Jewish Community Centers or day schools that share...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 31, 2017

Deeply divided Senate confirms Friedman as envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel. The...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 31, 2017

Trump era prompts Jewish donors to step up giving to liberal causes

ATLANTA (JTA)—For decades, the Lippman Kanfer family has focused its philanthropy on local Jewish communities and national initiatives to teach Torah—funding causes from the Anshe Sfard Congregation in Akron, Ohio, to a Jewish day school...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 31, 2017

Six decades after synagogue bombing, Atlanta Jews feel threats again

ATLANTA (JTA)-When Janice Rothschild Blumberg first heard that a bomb threat had hit an Atlanta Jewish center, she had only one thought: "It's happening all over again." Blumberg, 93, remembers her sh...

 

Strong pro-Israel presence on campus chases away BDS activists

Standing up non-violently to anti-Israel activists on the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) campus in South Africa had a positive effect during “Israeli Apartheid Week” (IAW), and BDS demonstrators folded up their flags and didn’t even...

 

While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

By Ben Sales (JTA)—When Cincinnati’s Mayerson Jewish Community Center was hit with a bomb threat on Jan. 18, Adam Bellows was satisfied with how the staff handled the preschool kids, including his two-year-old son. The kids, said Bellows, had...

 

FCC grants waiver allowing JCCs to receive caller info

(JTA)—The Federal Communications Commission has granted Jewish Community Centers throughout the country a temporary waiver allowing them to receive caller information, in response to the recent series of bomb threats on the Jewish institutions....

 

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