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A Jewish cohousing movement is on the rise - but challenges beyond COVID remain

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) - On a January afternoon, snow blanketed the streets of this western Canada city of famously weather-fickle residents. But it didn't keep 30 Jews from packing into the living...

 

New program engages Jewish college students in volunteer service

Repair the World and Hillel International are collaborating to mobilize thousands of college students in meaningful volunteer service and learning through the national Serve the Moment initiative....

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    November 27, 2020 

Non-Jewish leader is working to clean up forgotten cemeteries

(JTA) - National Independence Day in Poland has served in recent years as a backdrop for anti-Semitic, xenophobic and violent incidents at nationalist rallies. Last week, thousands in Warsaw flouted t...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Study: Israel second least affordable country (JNS) — Israeli housing is the second most expensive in the world, a new study finds. According to the study, conducted by Australia’s price-comparison website CompareTheMarket, the average Israeli...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020 

Their annual gathering impossible, Chabad rabbis convene on Zoom - for days and days

(JTA) — At the end of the annual conference of Chabad emissaries from around the world, they typically take a giant group photograph in front of the movement’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. But this year, no camera at the Kinus Hash...

 

Pompeo to make trip to Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria

(JNS) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to be the first in his role to both visit the Golan Heights, as well as Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, reported Axios on Thursday. It will be part of a 10-day trip to...

 

Hryhoriy Arshynov, restorer of Jewish cemeteries across Ukraine

(JTA) — Five years ago, a plea to rescue a centuries-old synagogue in Ostroh, Ukraine, struck a chord with Hryhoriy Arshynov, a lifelong Jewish resident of the city four hours west of Kyiv.  Damaged during the Holocaust, the magnificent...

 

Abortion protests putting Jewish communal conflict in spotlight

(JTA) — The debate on abortion access, which for years has polarized the predominantly Catholic nation of Poland, is now dividing the country’s Jews as well. A high court ruling last month severely restricting access to abortions in what was...

 

Brazilian Jewish businessman accused of Madoff-like scheme arrested after year in hiding

By Marcus M. Gilban RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Brazilian Jewish businessman accused of bilking investors out of tens of millions of dollars, earning comparisons to Bernie Madoff, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro after more than a year in hiding. Jonas...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo reduces restrictions on Brooklyn Jewish neighborhoods as COVID rates drop By Shira Hanau (JTA) — Parts of Brooklyn that had high COVID test positivity rates in early October, including some with large Orthodox Jewish communitie...

 

Knowledge is power against hate: Course designed to set Holocaust record straight

(JNS) - Anyone who still believes that ignorance is bliss hasn't seen how easily it can be turned into hate. Nov. 9 marked 82 years since Kristallnacht, "the Night of Broken Glass." A night when...

 

Jonathan Sacks dies at 72

(JTA) - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media appearances commanded a global following among Jews and non-Jews alike, has...

 

Palestinian narrative of victimization 'coming to an end'

(JNS) - An astonishing level of criticism from Arab commentators, intellectuals and journalists has been leveled at the Palestinian leadership in recent weeks in response to its condemnations against...

 

Cyber attackers are 'taking advantage' of mass shift in working from home

(JNS) — Cyber attackers around the world—ranging from criminals to state actors—are taking advantage of the massive global shift to working from home in the age of the coronavirus pandemic and escalating cyber attacks, senior former American...

 

Digital conference: Gulf Arabs emphasize rapprochement with Israel, disappointment with Palestinians

(JNS) - Israelis are, of course, just getting used to the idea of having friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after signing normalization deals with each country in recent...

 

To fight radical Islam, France is limiting religious freedoms - with the blessing of its Jewish minority

(JTA) - As the French government rolls out a controversial plan that amounts to its most robust crackdown on religious activity in decades, it is enjoying broad support from at least one of the...

 

Rabbis want 'much more' government control of mosques

(JTA) — Following a suspected terrorist attack that left four dead in Vienna by a shooter who reportedly shouted “Allah,” European rabbis made an unusual appeal for more “control and transparency” over what goes on at mosques across the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Book calling Holocausts a hoax to hit book stores in Iceland in time for Christmas By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Icelandic company has plunged the country’s publishing industry into a debate about censorship with its plan to publish a 1976 book...

 

This Jewish teen created a daily news digest, The Cramm, read by millions worldwide

Unlike most teenagers, Olivia Seltzer doesn’t like to sleep in. She wakes up most days at 5 a.m. to scan the internet and write The Cramm, a newsletter with the latest national and international...

 

US citizens born in Jerusalem to be allowed to list 'Israel' on passports

(JNS) — U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem will be allowed to list Israel as their place of birth on their U.S. passport, alluded the Trump administration on Wednesday. Politico first reported the development, citing a U.S. official, adding that the...

 

Islamists have declared war on France

(JTA) — Islamists have declared war on France, a senior leader of French Jews said following multiple assaults, including the murder of three people at a church in Nice. Gil Taieb, the vice president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    November 6, 2020

With bilateral agreements, Trump administration reverses Carter, Obama settlement policies

(JNS) -President Donald Trump completed its reversal of a legacy U.S. policy prejudiced against Israeli settlements. The United States and Israel signed new bilateral agreements on Oct. 28 that furthe...

 

In Hungary, the left and the far right have united to defeat Viktor Orban

(JTA) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe's most prominent nationalist and anti-immigrant leaders, has often faced accusations that he is too soft on far-right anti-Semitism. But...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

House bill introduced to counter worldwide money-laundering by Hezbollah (JNS) — A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to counter money laundering by the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hezbollah. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Hadassah, others block takeover

(JTA) — A coalition of Jewish groups including the likes of Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International has temporarily blocked a plan by Orthodox and right-wing parties to take over top positions throughout the World Zionist Congress, the Jewish...

 

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