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After fraternity's replica Torah was destroyed, GWU Jewish students plan rally against antisemitism
(JTA) — A rally is set to take place at George Washington University Monday after a fraternity on campus said a small replica Torah used in its initiation process was damaged during a vandalism spree. The president of Tau Kappa Epsilon, a...
Group that removed Israeli food truck from event apologizes: 'Our actions were ignorant and inexcusable'
(JTA) — Three days after igniting a social media firestorm by removing an Israeli food truck from a festival, a Philadelphia group has apologized — and vowed to “make up for our mistakes with help from our community.” Eat Up The Borders,...
The Jewish day school teacher who wagered $18 on 'Jeopardy!' and won $50,000
(JTA) - Astute viewers could find plenty of signs during the recent "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament that one leading contestant had some Jewish bona fides. There was the fact that Meggie Kwait...
Reacting to packed Orthodox funeral, New York City mayor warns 'the Jewish community' and faces swift backlash
By Philissa Cramer (JTA)—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drew fierce criticism late Tuesday after he singled out “the Jewish community” in a trio of tweets announcing that he had instructed his police department to fine or even arrest... Full story
Coronavirus shutters 770 Eastern Parkway for the first time ever
(JTA)—As the world shut down around it, the Brooklyn headquarters of the worldwide Chabad movement carried on as usual—until late Tuesday night, when its neighborhood’s rabbinic leadership ordered synagogues closed to combat the spread of the... Full story
Israel to require 14-day quarantine for all travelers from abroad
(JTA)—Israel will require all travelers from abroad to complete a 14-day quarantine, according to the latest regulation aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The decision,... Full story
Sanders makes Jewish history by winning the New Hampshire primary-again
(JTA)—Bernie Sanders has narrowly won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, racking up additional delegates in his quest to become the nation’s first Jewish president. Sanders, a Vermont senator, was declared the winner late Tuesday with 26% of t... Full story
Trump's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan-these 2 maps tell you what you need to know
(JTA)-The Trump administration put questions about the seriousness of its Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal to rest Tuesday by delivering a 181-page, detail-laden document that outlines a clear-if on... Full story