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 By Penny Schwartz    News    October 13, 2017 

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...

 
 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...

 

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