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Faculty, students seek to separate Jewish students from their identity

(JNS) — A pro-Israel non-profit dedicated to combating antisemitism on U.S. college campuses released a study Wednesday showing not only the safety of Jewish students under threat but Jewish identity itself. The annual report from the AMCHA... Full story

 

Despite win, Hochul's support plummets among Orthodox Jews

(JNS) - One could circle Brooklyn's Edward R. Murrow High School for blocks on Tuesday. There were no political activists handing out campaign material. A truck with inaudible speakers passed the...

 

A Jewish social media influencer makes a Holocaust documentary for a new generation

(JNS) — At a moment of sharply rising antisemitism, a Jewish social media star known for her dance videos is getting deadly serious. Montana Tucker’s 10-part docu-series, “How to: Never...

 

Morningstar announces substantive changes in its Israel ratings

(JNS) — Following an extended period of wrangling, the investment firm Morningstar reached an agreement on Monday with pro-Israel organizations to alter its methodology in rating the risk it assigns to companies doing business in and with...

 

Israeli envoy tells UN Palestinian terror behind rising West Bank casualties

(JNS) - While members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday expressed alarm over the rising number of Palestinian casualties, Israel's ambassador urged them to take a look at the...

 

Herzog concludes Washington visit with Oval Office sit-down

(JNS) — It took “guts” for Israel to sign the American-brokered maritime border deal with Lebanon, U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli President Isaac Herzog ahead of their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday. “I have just completed a very...

 

Israel 'apartheid' event sponsored by law firm that exonerated Morningstar of anti-Israel bias

(JNS) — While under investigation in 20 states for anti-Israel bias, Chicago-based investment firm Morningstar repeatedly pointed to an independent report purportedly absolving it of such behavior. But White & Case, the law firm that authored the...

 

Surfside, site of deadly condo collapse, approves twin city pact with Samaria Regional Council

(JNS) — The heavily Jewish town of Surfside, Florida, passed a resolution last week establishing a twin city relationship with the Samaria Regional Council. Passed by a 5-0 margin, the partnership encompasses some three dozen Jewish communities...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    October 7, 2022

Israeli venture firm OurCrowd launches $200 million fund for global health solutions

(JNS) — The Israeli global crowd-funding venture firm OurCrowd announced this week its launch of a $200 million Global Health Equity Fund. News of the collaboration with the WHO (World Health Organization) Foundation was shared at this year’s...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    October 7, 2022

CUNY pulls former CAIR staffer from anti-Zionism investigation

(JNS) — The City University of New York has reversed course after it assigned a former employee of a vehemently anti-Israel NGO to investigate allegations of anti-Zionist discrimination. The probe came at the request of Prof. Jeffrey Lax, chair of...

 

General Mills partially reverses removal of Pillsbury products from Israel

(JNS) — After the Jewish investor network, JLens placed General Mills on its “Do Not Invest” list, it says the conglomerate is partially reversing its decision to remove its subsidiary Pillsbury brand entirely from Israel, months after selling...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    August 19, 2022

Egyptian envoy lambasts Israel at UN Security Council following brokering successful ceasefire

(JNS) — Shortly after Cairo helped broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Egyptian diplomat let loose a barrage on Israel on the international stage. At Monday afternoon’s emergency session at the U.N. Security Counci...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 15, 2022

This year's Maccabiah Games are going live

(JNS) - Broadcasting the Summer Olympic Games is a massive operation, with more than 7,000 personnel covering 28 sports utilizing 1,000-plus cameras, taking the games global. For the first time, the s...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 8, 2022

Antisemitic activist campaigned with multiple Democrats

(JNS) — An anti-Israel activist who shared a number of social media posts with anti-Semitic content has campaigned with multiple Democrats over the past year. Mahel Abdel Qader has come under fire for repeatedly promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 1, 2022

Julie Platt takes reigns of JFNA Board of Trustees

(JNS) — There was little time for a period of transition for Julie Platt. But with her experience, there was little need for one. Announced in February as the incoming chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees, Platt was...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    June 24, 2022

21 countries defend Israel against UN Commission of Inquiry, scathing first report

(JNS) — While an official U.N. Commission of Inquiry seeks Israel’s diplomatic isolation, 21 nations came out in support of the Jewish state on Monday, expressing concern about the commission’s uncommonly broad mandate and the U.N. Human...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 20, 2022

American Jewish community to resettle Ukrainian refugees

(JNS) — The White House is testing a unique solution to the growing Ukraine refugee crisis. The American Jewish community is testing its response. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has launched a direct sponsorship program for Ukrainia...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 20, 2022

Fallout from Holocaust museum snub of Florida's governor results in some funds removed

(JNS) — Two leading Jewish conservatives blasted New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on May 6, claiming that museum staff told them they could not hold an event there if Fl...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 13, 2022

Pro-Israel groups say they won't let UN 'kangaroo court' go unchallenged

(JNS) — A collection of pro-Israel organizations has decided that an unprecedented attack on Israel requires a response. Israel faces a first-time-ever open-ended U.N. Commission of Inquiry created by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which includes...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    April 8, 2022

Ahead of Passover, Homeland Security steps up effort to protect Jewish facilities and congregants

(JNS) - Colleyville. Pittsburgh. Poway. Too many Jewish institutions are wondering if they'll be next. Too many in Brooklyn, N.Y., and elsewhere already deal with the reality of antisemitic attacks...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    April 1, 2022

Jewish Federations' Mark Wilf reflects on mission to Poland-Ukraine border to assist refugees

(JNS) - The first organized humanitarian mission of the North American Jewish community for Ukrainians will be far from the last. This past week, a mission organized by the Jewish Federations of...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    March 11, 2022

Israeli distributor takes Ben & Jerry's to court

(JNS) — Avi Zinger was so upset after Ben & Jerry’s pulled the rug out from under him that he never picked up the phone to speak with them. Instead, he’s taking them, and their parent company Unilever, to a U.S. district court. The longtime...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    March 4, 2022

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls for FBI antisemitism task force

(JNS) — Neo-Nazis in Florida. Synagogue desecration in Chicago. Regular assaults in Brooklyn, N.Y. When it comes to antisemitism in America, it’s time to start connecting the dots. “If we’re going to better understand the nature and scope of...

 

Pro-Israel Democrats tout record on supporting Jewish state

(JNS) — When Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid took office in June, his first call to an American organization was not to one of the legacy Jewish groups or umbrella organizations of American...

 

'Maus' author to Federation forum: Parental control, whitewashing led to book

(JNS) — Yet again, those who wanted to learn about Maus had to leapfrog obstacles. This time, it wasn’t the limitations of parental consent. It was the limitations of technology. More than 10,000 viewers flooded into an online discussion with...

 

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