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Over 1,000 entities have adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism

(JNS) - As of the new year, a total of 1,116 global entities have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's Working Definition of Antisemitism. According to the Combat Antisemitism M...


Will world leaders help secure release of Hamas captives?

(JNS) - Israel's Foreign Ministry revealed that it had sent a letter to world leaders calling on them to help secure the release of Israelis being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The letter was sent...

 By Mike Wagenheim    News    January 27, 2023 

Employment and observing Shabbat

(JNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a case involving religious accommodations in the workplace. An appeal in the case of Groff v. Dejoy was filed by Gerald Groff, an Evangelical postal worker who refused to work on Sundays, his...


COS welcomes author Jonathan Kaufman

Join Congregation Ohev Shalom on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 in welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Kaufman as the first speaker in the Bernard and Samra Gotlib Jewish Speaker Series. Kaufman...


George Washington University responds to antisemitism complaint filed by StandWithUs

(JNS) — George Washington University responded to the new antisemitism-related complaint against the university, which the Israel education organization StandWithUs filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. “The...


2022 immigration leads to decline in Israel's Jewish majority

(JNS) — A recent surge in legal immigration has led to a decrease in Israel’s Jewish majority, according to an analysis of data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Channel 14 reported on Sunday. The Israeli Immigration Policy Ce...


Nikki Haley slams Biden for clumsy immigration-Holocaust comparison

(JNS) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a vocal defender of the Jewish state, recently rebutted an absurd Holocaust parallel drawn by President Joe Biden. When asked by a reporter whether immigration was a basic human right, Biden...

 By Larry Luxner    News    January 27, 2023 

In Haifa, a university serves as a base for Arab-Jewish coexistence - and a place to tackle global problems

HAIFA - On a recent chilly morning, six Israeli Druze women gathered in a room at the University of Haifa library to discuss the joys and frustrations of living in a modern, Jewish, largely secular...


Netanyahu meets with AIPAC leaders, hails strong bond with US

(JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday stressed the importance of bilateral relations with the United States in a meeting with top officials from the American Israel Public...


Biden compares asylum seekers at US border to Jews escaping Nazi Germany

(JNS) - In a speech on border security and enforcement Thursday, President Joe Biden compared asylum seekers at America's southern border to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. The remark came in response to...


Israel cracks down on Palestinian Authority

(JNS) — Israel on Sunday revoked the VIP pass of Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, in line with a Cabinet decision last week to sanction Ramallah in response to the U.N.’s passage, at the P.A.’s behest, of a resolution...


Herzog: 'Profound' division over judicial reform 'tearing our nation apart'

(JNS) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog said on Sunday that “profound” disagreement over the government’s judicial reform plan was tearing the country apart, and vowed to work towards averting a constitutional crisis. “We are in the grips...

 By David I. Klein    News    January 27, 2023 

Number of Russian Jews down sharply in last decade, pre-Ukraine war census reveals

(JTA) — An exodus of Jews from Russia since President Vladimir Putin invaded neighboring Ukraine has drawn widespread attention over the last year. But according to statistics released recently by Russia’s official statistics bureau, the...


Weekly roundup of world briefs

Pentagon transferring arms stationed in Israel to Ukraine—report (JNS) — The Pentagon is dipping into a store of American ammunition in Israel to help Ukraine replenish its dwindling supply of artillery shells, the New York Times reported on... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 27, 2023 

Long Island Republicans call on George Santos to resign, citing his Holocaust claims and other lies

WASHINGTON (JTA) –Republican Party officials in Rep. George Santos’ Long Island district called on the serial fabricator to quit, citing among other lies his claims to Jewish and Holocaust heritage. The call Wednesday by officials of the Nassau...


State lawmakers challenge Yeshiva University's claims to public funds

(New York Jewish Week) — Three state lawmakers are asking if Yeshiva University misrepresented itself as a secular institution in order to qualify for more than $230 million in public funds. Their letter demanding a full accounting from the Modern... Full story


Palestinian Authority: Israeli measures to punish terrorism will lead to our collapse

(JNS) — Punitive measures imposed by Israel on the Palestinian Authority will “promptly lead to its collapse,” P.A. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday. Israel’s Security Cabinet last week approved the measures in response to what... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 20, 2023

AIPAC's gathering is focused on how to elect pro-Israel candidates in 2024

WASHINGTON (JTA) - With a new right-wing government in Israel raising alarm bells among many in the United States, the timing seemed ripe for a gathering by AIPAC, which regularly convenes bigwigs to...


Bethanne Weiss, 2023 Fashion Show honoree

Many people describe Bethanne (Wellness) Weiss as someone with boundless energy and incredible wisdom. The Jewish Pavilion is pleased to honor Weiss at its upcoming fashion show on Thursday, Feb.16...


This year's 'Jewish Nobel' is a group prize, going to Jewish activists supporting Ukraine

(JTA) — A prize established to honor a single inspiring Jew with a lifetime of achievements has been awarded this year to a nameless group whose work is ongoing: Jewish activists in war-ravaged Ukraine. The Genesis Prize Foundation said the war in... Full story


Combat Antisemitism Movement outlines plans for the coming year

(JNS) — Speaking at the annual Combat Antisemitism Movement Advisory Board meeting Wednesday night, chairman Natan Sharansky underscored the importance of countering the global rise of antisemitism. “For the last 20 years, we could say... Full story


Ilhan Omar to be booted from House Foreign Affairs Committee

(JNS) — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday repeated his promise to block vocal critic of Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In an interview with Punchbowl News, McCarthy said that he would al... Full story


Second Gentleman Emhoff to lead Holocaust remembrance efforts in Europe

(JNS) — The White House announced on Thursday that Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will travel to Europe this month to participate in Holocaust remembrance events. Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is set to visit Krakow,... Full story


German zoo gets $26 million from widow

(JTA) — The zoo in Cologne, Germany, has gotten its first check from the $26 million gift promised by the widow of a Holocaust survivor who credited the city’s residents for saving him during the war. Elizabeth Reichert willed the funds to the... Full story

 By Andrew Lapin    News    January 20, 2023

Left-wing Israelis take to the streets as new government presses right-wing agenda further

(JTA) – As Israel’s new right-wing government continued to signal that it would push through measures to cripple the judiciary and clamp down on public dissent and news operations, thousands of citizens took to the streets in protest and one... Full story


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