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  • Names being talked about to be the US anti-Semitism monitor

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 16, 2021

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nancy Kaufman, the former CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, said this week that she had been in touch with the Biden administration about becoming this country’s newly empowered anti-Semitism monitor. Kaufman revealed her contact in the Forward in a story about how progressive Jewish groups appear to be coalescing around her candidacy. She confirmed it on Wednesday to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, saying that a number of people outside the administration urged her to apply for the job, so she made her int...

  • AOC meets with top NYC Jewish group for first time

    Andrew Silow Carroll|Apr 16, 2021

    (JTA) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down for a public interview with a top New York City Jewish group, ending what some had considered a snub of Jewish leadership since the progressive New York Democrat’s election in 2019. In her April 1 talk with Michael Miller, head of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that she hadn’t engaged with national and citywide Jewish groups, saying “I was really focused on our backyard.” But she did say she worked on projects with local Jewish groups, including...

  • The next major Jewish action is on behalf of Uighurs

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 16, 2021

    (JTA) - When Rayhan Asat attended a Passover seder last month, its contours seemed familiar and different at once - especially the tradition of leaving a seat empty at the table. It reminded Asat, a lawyer, of leaving a seat empty for her brother, Ekpar, at her graduation from Harvard Law School in 2016. Ekpar, a member of China's Uighur minority, had been "disappeared" by the Chinese government. Jewish World Watch, an anti-genocide group that hosted the online seder for Uighurs on March 30,...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Apr 16, 2021

    UPenn refuses to reschedule commencement ceremony on Shavuot (JNS) — The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia said it will not move the date of its commencement ceremony, which is set to take place during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, despite a petition to reschedule the event to accommodate those who celebrate the Jewish holiday. According to the university’s student-run publication, The Daily Pennsylvanian, nearly 40 seniors who identify as Orthodox Jewish received an email about the decision on March 24. Vice president and uni...

  • Israeli organization breaks world record for kidney donations

    Yehuda Shlezinger|Apr 16, 2021

    Matnat Chaim has facilitated 1,000 donations since it was founded in 2009 (Israel Hayom via JNS) Israel celebrated a special milestone Sunday, as the Matnat Chaim nonprofit organization, which encourages and facilitates living kidney donations, is about to break a world record by marking its 1,000th transplant. Since Matnat Chaim, Hebrew for “Gift of Life,” was founded in 2019, the number of kidney donations in Israel has quadrupled. The organization’s data reveals that about two-thirds of the donors are men, a third are women and 40 perce...

  • 'Field of Flags' memorial at University of Rhode Island

    Apr 16, 2021

    (JNS) - Hillel at the University of Rhode Island has created its annual "Field of Flags" memorial in honor of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins on Wednesday night. The exhibit is set up on the Hammershlag Mall, a walkway between the Multicultural Student Services Center and the Carothers Library, on the university's Kingston Campus. The flags were planted on Monday and will remain in place until April 12. The university's Hillel has planted the "Field of Flags" in memory of...

  • Rabbi Peter Hyman receives world's highest Scouting award

    Alan Smason|Apr 16, 2021

    (Crescent City Jewish News via JNS) - Rabbi Peter Hyman was announced as the recipient of the Bronze Wolf Award, the highest Scouting award in the world and the only one given by the World Scout Committee, on March 30. It acknowledges the significant work of an individual to the World Scout Movement. Hyman became the 377th individual to have received this award since it was first established in 1935. The founder of the Scouting movement, Lord Robert Smyth Baden-Powell, was the initial...

  • Victim's family calls to revoke terrorist's citizenship

    Daniel Siryoti|Apr 16, 2021

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) - Arab Israeli terrorist Rushdi Hamdan Abu Mukh was released from prison on Monday upon completion of his 35-year prison sentence. According to local media reports, following his release, Abu Makh, a member of a cell that abducted and murdered Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984, returned to his home in Baka al-Gharbiyeh, where locals waving Palestinian flags were waiting to welcome him. In an interview with Army Radio on Monday, Moshe Tamam's brother Oren demanded that Is...