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 News    April 20, 2018 

S.C. 1st to define anti-Semitism laws

(JNS)—South Carolina became the first state to pass legislation to protect students from anti-Semitic acts. The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation, H3643, in a 37-4 vote on Thursday as part of a larger spending package. The bill...

 
 News    April 20, 2018 

Urgent action needed to help remaining Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK—The Blue Card, the only organization in the United States with the sole mission of providing ongoing support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs to indigent Holocaust survivors, is urging that at the same time we...

 
 By Jeff Rum    News    April 20, 2018 

Houston, we've got your back!

(JNS)-As a child, I remember hearing the story of Noah in Hebrew school. In a class of 5-year-olds, we drew pictures of animals walking into the ark two-by-two in an orderly fashion. And I remember a...

 

Calls on Supreme Court to uphold Trump travel ban

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Zionist Organization of America has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of President Donald Trump’s most recent ban on travel from a number of predominately Muslim countries. The group, which has been an...

 

Trump honors Lubavitcher Rebbe

(JNS)—The White House published a proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump honoring the memory of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, stating that March 27 is recognized as “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” An event was...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 6, 2018

'We march today because it's what we have to do to sleep tonight'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The organizers of the March for Our Lives, almost all of them under 20, had a gun control agenda packed with specifics. They were able to get 800,000 people on and off of this city's...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 6, 2018

National Geographic's first Jewish editor in chief opens up about racism in the magazine's past

(JTA)-The editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine made waves when she admitted that the magazine's past coverage was tinged with racism. "For decades, our coverage was racist. To rise above...

 

Study on Jewish Day School students

Cedarhurst, NY—The Digital Citizenship Project, a Cedarhurst based organization dedicated to teaching digital responsibility in the age of technology has released their 2-year-long study (2015—2017) on the digital life of Jewish Day School...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    April 6, 2018

Why did anti-BDS bill fail in Massachusetts when it succeeded in other states?

(JNS) Legislation to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel has been adopted in more than 20 states in recent years, but it was derailed last month in Massachusetts. Pro-Israel activists are divided over the reasons why....

 

Spending bill includes big boost for Jewish groups seeking security money

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—An omnibus spending bill approved by Congress more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The $1.3 trillion bill approved Thursday includes $60 million...

 

Trump picks John Bolton, 'true friend of Israel,' as national security adviser

Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump announced the ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, to be replaced by former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White...

 
 By Amanda Koehn    News    March 23, 2018

National spotlight shines on Jewish judge in Ohio for role in battling opioids

(Cleveland Jewish News via JNS)-Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio is presiding over a case involving more than 400 federal lawsuits brought by communities around the country...

 

UCF students attend AIPAC conference

Thanks to the leadership of the Orlando Jewish community, UCF brought the fourth largest student delegation in the country to the AIPAC Policy Conference, which was held Sunday, March 4 through...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 16, 2018

139 Jewish day school leaders sign letter calling for action after Parkland shooting

(JTA)—The heads of 139 Jewish day schools have signed an open letter urging action following last month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. The letter released Tuesday expresses support for the student movement calling for gun reform and...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 16, 2018

Why more Orthodox Jews are going to AIPAC

WASHINGTON (JTA)—On the second floor of the downtown convention center here, hundreds attending the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee packed a standing-room-only hall. A bouncer stood outside to control the ov...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 16, 2018

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman decries J Street's motto as 'blasphemous'

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, decried the phrase “pro-Israel, pro-peace”—a motto closely associated with J Street—as “blasphemous.” “Pro-Israel and pro-peace sounds like a completely reasonable...

 

Women's March renounces Farrakhan's anti-Semitism, but supports a leader who embraced him

NEW YORK (JTA)-Organizers of the Women's March renounced the anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan, but they stood behind one of its co-presidents who attended a speech last month by the Nation of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 9, 2018

Parkland students begin to heal at Jewish conference in New York

(JTA)-Seven survivors of the Parkland school shooting were among thousands of Jewish high school students who attended the annual conference of the Chabad movement's youth group. Responding to the Feb...

 

ADL: Anti-Semitism surged in 2017

(JNS)-The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared in 2017, according to the annual report by the Anti-Defamation League. There were 1,986 acts classified as anti-Semitic in 2017,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 9, 2018

What is AIPAC's role in the age of Trump?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When candidate Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC’s Policy Conference in 2016 and said Barack Obama may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel, many cheered, many choked and the organization apologized. The fallout from that...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    March 9, 2018

Florida exposes need for stricter gun control, say Jewish groups

(JNS)—Major American Jewish organizations are calling for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 14 students and three staff members dead. A spokesperson for the women’s...

 

Trump cites suffering of Jewish family

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump spoke of the anguish of a Jewish family in commemorating last week’s school shooting in Florida. “I had them in the Oval Office, incredible people,” Trump said Friday at CPAC, an influential annual...

 

Spielberg and Katzenberg each pledge $500,000 to gun control march

(JTA)—Director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg have pledged $500,000 each to the student-organized March For Our Lives imploring action on gun control. The nationwide protest scheduled for March 24 is the brainchild of the Never...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 2, 2018

Kids are using hamantaschen to help end gun violence

(JTA)-The college-aged kids of a Jewish congressman from Florida are raising money to end gun violence by selling hamantaschen. Gabby, Serena and Cole Deutch launched the Bake Action Against Gun...

 

Five Jewish victims among 17 killed in high school shooting

(JTA)-They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others...

 

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