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 By Marcy Oster    News    November 15, 2019

Public memorial for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

(JTA)-Eleven memorial candles stood on a table at the start of the public memorial service for the attack one year ago on the Tree of Life synagogue building. Family members of the 11 people killed... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 8, 2019

Israeli embassies increase security over fears of Iran attack

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli embassies around the world have increased security and awareness over fears that Iran will attack Israel by targeting a diplomatic mission on foreign soil. The diplomatic missions have been put on high alert and ordered to... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 8, 2019

Oslo City Council bans purchase of Israeli settlement

(JTA)—The recently elected Oslo City Council is getting right to work: The Norwegian lawmakers are banning the purchase of goods and services from Israeli Jewish settlements by municipal departments and other local authorities. It is the sixth... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 1, 2019

Gantz intent on unity

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Benny Gantz said Wednesday that he will aim to form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party to "repair the divisions in our society." "I promised I would... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 1, 2019

Nikki Haley to be honored by WJC

(JTA)-Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will be honored by the World Jewish Congress. Haley will receive the WJC's annual Theodor Herzl Award, recognizing individuals who work... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 1, 2019

Tree of Life building will reopen as 'center for Jewish life in the US'

(JTA)—The Tree of Life synagogue building, the site of an attack a year ago that left 11 worshippers dead, will reopen as a “center for Jewish life in the United States.” The Tree of Life Congregation issued a statement to announce its... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 1, 2019

Maryland will strengthen Holocaust education

(JTA)—Maryland state officials said they will strengthen requirements for Holocaust education in middle schools and high schools. The announcement by State Superintendent Karen Salmon comes days before the one-year anniversary of the shooting by a... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 1, 2019

Teen who threatened Jewish boy arrested

(JTA)—A teenage boy in Victoria, Australia that allegedly sent threatening messages to a Jewish boy who had been forced to kiss the shoe of a Muslim student and to his mother has been charged for the threats. The boy, 16, was arrested by Victoria... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    October 25, 2019

'Pause for Pittsburgh' to mark one year since synagogue attack

(JTA)-People across the United States and around the world will join together virtually on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue building in suburban Pittsburgh. The... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    October 25, 2019

Thousands march in Berlin against anti-Semitism

(JTA)—More than 10,000 people marched in Berlin against anti-Semitism and in a show of support for the victims of anti-Semitic violence in the city of Halle. The march on Sunday left from Bebelplatz, significant as a site of Nazi book-burning, to... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    October 11, 2019

Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there. Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip. In Israel,... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    October 4, 2019

Greenblatt proud of peace plan

JERUSALEM (JTA)—White House Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote in an op-ed that his work on an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan has left him “proud, grateful, surprised, sad, and hopeful.” “I wonder if my deceased grandparents who... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

5 things to watch after Israel's too-close-to-call election

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The morning after Israel's second national election in five months, the results are still unclear. According to the latest vote count, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trailing... Full story


Pioneering journalist Cokie Roberts, who with her husband wrote about their interfaith marriage, dies

(JTA)-Cokie Roberts, a pioneering journalist who with her husband wrote an interfaith Haggadah and published a book about their interfaith marriage, has died. Roberts was one of the few female voices... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

Women's March board member critical of Israel and the FBI removed after 2 days

(JTA)—A new board member of The Women’s March who has disparaged Israel and the FBI on Twitter was voted off two days after she was appointed. “Zahra Billoo has been removed from board membership effective immediately,” the board posted Wedne... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

NY will increase police presence in Jewish neighborhoods for High Holidays

(JTA)—The New York Police Department said it will increase its presence in Jewish neighborhoods before and during the High Holidays. Increased foot patrols and specialized units such as counterterrorism teams will be deployed throughout the... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

Hamas and ISIS hate Israel-and each other

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Explosions earlier this week at two Hamas police checkpoints in Gaza City left three policemen dead. But it wasn’t Israel that planted the explosives, as many might have suspected. Hamas says it was Islamic State suicide bombers.... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 20, 2019

The first exit polls for Israel's Election Day are in-it's close

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White were again locked in a virtual dead heat at the close of voting in Israel, exit polls on Tuesday showed. Both Blue and White, which is led by Benny Gantz, a... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 20, 2019

Netanyahu says he will annex part of the West Bank if re-elected

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that if he is re-elected, he will immediately annex the Jordan Valley. Netanyahu also promised to annex West Bank Jewish... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Jewish groups provide emergency help to the Bahamas in wake of Dorian

(JTA)-The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B'nai B'rith International and Chabad are among those pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation, which has... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Missiles fired from Lebanon strike Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Lebanon at an Israeli military base and at military vehicles. “There are a number of confirmed hits,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.  It later... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    September 13, 2019

Netanyahu says he will extend 'Jewish sovereignty

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will extend “Jewish sovereignty” over all communities in Judea and Samaria. He made the remarks Sunday to the new first graders on the first day of school at a national religious... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    August 30, 2019

California high school students make Nazi salute at ceremony

(JTA)—Students at a Southern California high school made a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi marching song at the start of an awards ceremony. The school district will not say publicly if or how it disciplined the students. The incident, which took... Full story


Israeli student found stabbed

JERUSALEM (JTA)-A 19-year-old yeshiva student was found stabbed to death in the West Bank's Etzion settlement bloc. Dvir Sorek of the Ofra settlement was reported missing on Wednesday evening, hours... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    August 16, 2019

Who's running in Israel's September elections, explained

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's upcoming elections in September-just five months after the last ones in April-are essentially a do-over. In the April election, the right wing won a majority. But because... Full story


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