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 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....

 

White House condemns sixth wave of anti-Semitic harassment

(JTA)—At least 12 Jewish community centers and institutions across North America and four Anti-Defamation League offices have received threats of lethal attack, the sixth such wave since the beginning of the year. As of Tuesday afternoon, March 7,...

 

Swastika carved on doorframe of Ohio synagogue

(JTA)-A swastika was carved onto the doorframe of the Agudath B'nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain, Ohio, a suburb located on the west side of Cleveland. In addition to the swastika, the words "We will...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 10, 2017

Arrest made in bomb threats

Federal authorities arrested Juan M. Thompson, a 31-year-old former reporter from St. Louis, Friday in connection with eight bomb threats called into several Jewish institutions over the last month,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 10, 2017

ADL: Juan Thompson's arrest alone won't stop 'unprecedented' wave of anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-Thanking the FBI and police for the arrest of Juan Thompson, who allegedly made eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League called the current wave of...

 

In shadow of bomb threats, national campaign launched to define and outlaw anti-Semitism

Nashville, Tennessee—PJTN has launched a national campaign to define and outlaw anti-Semitism, in light of the recent wave of threats and attacks against American Jewish institutions. The “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” will fortify the U.S....

 

Jewish cemetery vandalized in Rochester, New York

NEW YORK (JTA)-A Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, was vandalized, the third such incident in the United States in less than two weeks. Five headstones were found toppled Thursday morning at...

 

Jewish-Christian group urges unity to counter wave of anti-Semitism

(JNS.org)—The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has launched an online campaign urging supporters to condemn the ongoing wave of anti-Semitism across the U.S. in recent weeks, while calling for unity between...

 

Bipartisan House taskforce on anti-Semitism resumes in wake of recent incidents

(JNS.org)—The U.S. House of Representatives announced its relaunch of a bipartisan taskforce for combating anti-Semitism in the wake of a recent wave of anti-Jewish incidents. Since January 2017, there have been 90 bomb threats called into Jewish...

 

The Blue Card receives grant from Jewish Federations of North America for groundbreaking Holocaust Survivor Care

NEW YORK-The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing ongoing, direct aid to Holocaust survivors in the United States, has been selected to receive a grant of $120,000 from...

 

Jewish leaders applaud Trump's focus on Palestinian incitement

WASHINGTON—American Jewish leaders are enthusiastically applauding President Donald Trump’s call on the Palestinian Authority to remove anti-Jewish hate material from its school books. At his press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

 

Disney severs ties with YouTube star over anti-Semitic videos

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Walt Disney Company severed ties with the world's biggest YouTube star Tuesday following a series of anti-Semitic videos. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 24, 2017

Trump and Netanyahu: Mixed messages of a diplomatic lovefest

WASHINGTON (JTA)-One state. Flexibility. Two states. Hold back on settlements. Stop Iran. When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What a press conference! But wait. In the...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    February 24, 2017

Evangelicals are ready to speak for Israel in Trump's Washington

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Evangelicals, who have been advocating for Israel for years, have historically let the Jews take the lead. Laurie Cardoza-Moore, for one, is excited that they are poised to take on a...

 

Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees

NEW YORK (JTA)-Over 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his native...

 

Paul Ryan: Enforce the Iran nuclear deal, don't dismantle it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-House Speaker Paul Ryan said it makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of...

 

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