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    Sep 17, 2021

    Birthright trips to resume in October without quarantines for the vaccinated By Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Birthright Israel is resuming its trips after a month of cancellations over Israeli COVID-19 quarantine rules, the organization announced Thursday. Participants who have been fully vaccinated in the past six months will not have to quarantine on arrival for the trips, which will likely resume Oct. 3. However, they will still be subject to PCR and serological tests upon arrival and wait for the PCR results before beginning the trip. That c...

  • Josh Mandel, Jewish Ohio Senate candidate, compares Biden's vaccine mandate to the Gestapo

    Ben Sales|Sep 17, 2021

    (JTA) — The latest politician to compare government vaccination efforts to Nazi Germany is Josh Mandel, a Jewish Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio. In a video last Thursday protesting President Joe Biden’s upcoming requirement that a large portion of private sector employees either get vaccinated against COVID or get tested weekly, Mandel instructed his social media viewers not to comply with the requirement. In doing so, he compared Biden to the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police force that played a major role in carrying out the Hol...

  • Memoirist Qian Julie Wang finally found a home with her fellow Jews of Color

    Emily Burack|Sep 17, 2021

    Qian Julie Wang grew up in libraries. Coming to America at age 7, she was thrown into the brand new world of New York City. Soon, she was spending all her free time in her local Chinatown library, soaking up as much English as possible. It became her second home, a place of safety. Now, she's telling her story for the first time - buoyed by the hope of reaching those in libraries who were just like her. Wang and her parents were undocumented, and the 2016 election - which occurred just after...

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