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Congregation Sinai welcomes everyone to celebrate Chanukah

A Special Chanukah Gathering will be held Sunday, the first night of Chanukah, on Dec. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Chanukah Candle Lighting service with a Latke Party that evening. Congregation Sinai President Jack Gartner announced, “This event... Full story


Allan Gerson dies at 74

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Allan Gerson, a lawyer who made it easier for the families of terror victims to sue foreign governments, has died. His daughter Daniela told family and friends that he passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at his Washington, D.C., home... Full story



Susan G. Gamson, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 27, 1942, passed away on Dec. 2, 2019. Susan was always an honest and supportive woman who prioritized the needs of her family above all else. She was very active within her community and at... Full story


Making Chanukah with children meaningful

(My Jewish Learning via JTA)—Chanukah ’s proximity to Christmas can complicate the holiday. For those who try to make Chanukah more like Christmas, it inevitably seems to fall short. Yet while Chanukah was traditionally not one of the most... Full story


Activists in New York call for an 'intifada in every classroom'

(MEMRI)—At a pro-Gaza rally in Times Square in New York on Nov. 15, speakers called for “an intifada in every classroom” and denied Israel’s right to exist. Nerdeen Kiswani, of an organization called Within Our Lifetime, led a chant that... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Linda Sarsour backs Bernie Sanders, but not his support for Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Last month, Bernie Sanders wrote about his support for Israel, calling the nation an “enormous achievement” and “a democratic homeland for the Jewish people.” A few weeks later Linda Sarsour, a prominent Arab-American... Full story


Could a future US administration undo Trump's new policy on Israeli settlements?

(JNS)—The announcement last month by U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law. Indeed, recently 107 Democratic lawmakers sent... Full story


Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

(JTA)—The U.N.’s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural expressions. But the carnival’s organizers... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Why Israel isn't a top consideration

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s the perennial anomaly of Jewish voter surveys: Vast majorities feel an attachment to Israel, but relatively few are thinking about the Jewish state when they cast their vote. On the day of last year’s midterm... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs

Washington’s Sixth & I synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)—The Sixth & I synagogue in downtown Washington, D.C., was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. Michelle Eider, the synagogue’s communications... Full story


Arabs and Muslims standing against anti-Semitism

With anti-Semitism skyrocketing, many Jews are finding themselves under attack. At times it can feel that few non-Jews want to stand up in defense of Jewish communities in their midst. Yet three recent events in Europe have given Jews some hope, as... Full story


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