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 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...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    September 8, 2017

Bryn Mawr suspends using name of founder

NEW YORK (JTA)-Bryn Mawr College in suburban Philadelphia said it will place a yearlong "moratorium" on the use of the name of a founder and past president who was a known anti-Semite. The name of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 8, 2017

American mayors' group, ADL announce agreement to combat hate

NEW YORK (JTA)—The mayors of America’s largest cities are launching a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bigotry. Nearly 200 mayors have joined the agreement, which was announced Friday, since it was first circulated...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 1, 2017

Rabbi Held is shaping the conversation around love and politics

NEW YORK (JTA)-After the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, voices abounded calling the demonstration an affront to American values. Rabbi Shai Held called it an attack on God. "One of the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 25, 2017

Hate in Charlottesville: The day the Nazi called me Shlomo

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA)-The white supremacists, for all their vaunted purpose, appeared to be disoriented. Some 500 had gathered at a park here Saturday to protest this southern Virginia city's...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 25, 2017

A guide to the far-right groups that protested in Charlottesville

(JTA)-They believe the "white race" is in danger. They believe the United States was built by and for white people and must now embrace fascism. They believe minorities are taking over the country....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 25, 2017

What you need to know about antifa, the group that fought white supremacists in Charlottesville

(JTA)-Is it OK to punch a Nazi in the face? That's the question animating much of the discussion of Saturday's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly devolved into a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 18, 2017

Trump calls McMaster 'pro-Israel' as national security adviser comes under fire from far right

WASHINGTON (JTA)—In an unusual statement, President Donald Trump called his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, “very pro-Israel,” an apparent bid to end a barrage of attacks from the far right that has depicted McMaster as hostile to...

 
 By Victor Wishna    News    August 18, 2017

Authentic NY bagels have finally arrived in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (JTA)-Bronx-born, Queens-bred attorney Victor Bergman has lived in the Kansas City area for more than four decades-and in all that time, he hadn't found a true New York-style bagel....

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    August 18, 2017

Are some Dems moving away from Israel?

WASHINGTON—Some Jewish Democrats and community activists are concerned at what they see as fresh signs that the party is distancing itself from Israel. The latest controversy began when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said at a July 22 Town Hall...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    July 28, 2017

The Forward sees threat from 'censors,' but other Jewish editors and groups differ

Is a "mobilized faction" in the American Jewish community attempting to "censor" dovish views? The president of The Forward newspaper thinks so, but other editors and leaders of some left-of-center...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    July 21, 2017

Journalist removed from reporting

An award-winning journalist who broke the story of the group of Jewish women ejected from an LGBTQ march in Chicago last month has been reassigned to non-journalistic duties at the paper which ran...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    July 21, 2017

Biased U.S. textbooks turn young Americans against Israel

Anti-Israel bias in the textbooks used by many American high schools may be to blame for the decrease in sympathy for Israel among young adults. According to the Brand Israel Group, only 54 percent of U.S. college students lean more toward Israel...

 
 By Ben Hartman    News    July 21, 2017

Here's why some of America's top cheese brands are now going kosher

It's early morning in the Sardinian countryside and a farmer is milking his sheep while an Orthodox Jewish kosher supervisor looks on. The supervisor, known as a mashgiach, is sleeping in the...

 
 By Ben Hartman    News    July 21, 2017

This Chicago lawyer's life was saved by two Israeli Nobel Prize winners

When Jeffrey Kriezelman first started feeling the pain in his back, he shrugged it off as the vestige of an old baseball injury. A busy immigration lawyer whose Chicago firm helps immigrants and asylum seekers gain lawful status in the United...

 

North Carolina passes anti-BDS bill

(JTA)—North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. Both houses of the General Assembly passed the bill last week. Gov. Roy Cooper must sign the measure before it becomes...

 

American Jews really care about pluralism-but it's not just about pluralism

(JTA)-The Great Jewish Revolt of 2017. The Bar Kotel Rebellion. The Diaspora Strikes Back. Whatever you call it, last week's clash between American Jewish leaders and the Netanyahu government felt...

 

Being Jewish kept under wraps

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, wrote to the parents of the late Otto...

 

San Francisco State University sued over anti-Semitism

(JNS.org) Students from San Francisco State University and members of the local Jewish community filed a lawsuit this week, asserting the university has an extensive history of fomenting discrimination against Jewish students.  The suit alleges...

 
 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...

 

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