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 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...

 
 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...

 

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