Articles from the July 7, 2017 edition

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This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Livraria Ets Haim is the world's oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

J Street meets with US ambassador to Israel David Friedman (JTA)—The leadership of J Street, the liberal American Jewish Middle East policy group, met with David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel who before his nomination had derided the... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Israel's controversial conversion bill, explained

(JTA)-Israeli politicians and Jewish leaders are fighting again over an age-old question: Who counts as a Jew? And who gets to decide? This week, Israel's government inflamed simmering tensions over J... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Suspension of Western Wall deal leaves Jewish leaders feeling betrayed

(JTA)-They've tried strongly worded statements. They've tried private meetings with the prime minister. They've tried negotiations, protest and prayer. But for the past five years, despite broad... Full story


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