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 By Gabe Friedman    News    October 16, 2020 

Jewish poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — Louise Glück, the American granddaughter of Hungarian Jews, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Glück, 77, was awarded “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence...

 

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Top Hamas official enters quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 By Neta Bar (Israel Hayom via JNS) — Deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri has contracted COVID-19, the terrorist group confirmed on Thursday. Arouri had entered quarantine...

 

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Congress members join global task force to combat online anti-Semitism By Marcy Oster (JTA) — Several U.S. Congress members are part of a new task force of international lawmakers trying to combat online anti-Semitism. Members of the national...

 

BDS co-founder warns First Abu Dhabi Bank against doing business with Israel

(MEMRI via JNS) - The BDS movement is monitoring the activity of Arab companies regarding Israel in the wake of the peace deals signed last month between the Jewish state, the United Arab Emirates...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 2, 2020

Jewish COVID-19 second wave updates

NEW YORK (JTA) — After an initial first wave that devastated New York City’s Orthodox Jewish communities, the coronavirus is on the rise again. Meanwhile, Israelis are back under lockdown after new infections there reached crisis levels. As we di...

 

US reimposes UN sanctions, adds new measures on Iran

(JNS) — The United States has reimposed United Nations sanctions on Iran, in addition to imposing “new sanctions and export control measures on 27 entities and individuals connected to Iran’s proliferation networks,” according to a statement...

 

Scientists grow fresh dates from a sixth-century BCE seed

(Israel21C via JNS) - Mazal tov to Hannah and Methuselah on their 111 miracle babies! The proud parents are date palms grown from ancient seeds uncovered in archeological excavations in Israel. These...

 

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Film agencies in Israel and UAE reach cooperation deal (JNS) — The Abu Dhabi Film Commission of the United Arab Emirates and the Israeli Film Fund announced a cooperation agreement on Monday. A government agency, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission said...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE and Bahrain

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English. Not on Tuesday....

 

With HIAS changing longtime focus, supporters question some of its priorities

(JNS) - The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, better known as HIAS, was for the better part of a century responsible for helping settle generations of Jewish refugees in their new homes in the United...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

Jewish umbrella body comes to a decision: Not to decide

(JTA) — The main foreign policy umbrella for the U.S. Jewish community came to a decision to not come to a decision on whether its members inappropriately disparage one another. Earlier this year, HIAS, the Jewish community’s lead immigration adv...

 

Kosovo's Jews cheer their Muslim-majority state's new deal with Israel

(JTA) - For Flori Dedoni, a member of the tiny Jewish community of Kosovo, the news that his country is establishing formal diplomatic ties with Israel is cause for celebration. Until last week,...

 

The Red Cross is aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims who have amassed at Ukraine's closed borders

(JTA) - On the border of Belarus and Ukraine, Avremi Vitman tried to shake off the morning chill as he prayed earlier this week. Vitman was hungry and uncomfortable after yet another night sleeping...

 

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Polish auction house selling possessions of Holocaust survivor behind ‘The Pianist’ story By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A Polish auction house has announced the sale of 51 objects that belonged to the Holocaust survivor whose life story served as...

 

Jews have lived in Bahrain for 140 years - the country's peace deal with Israel changes their lives

(JTA) - Ebrahim Dahood Nonoo, the leader of Bahrain's tiny Jewish community, was among the Gulf country's approximately 50 Jews who thought peace with Israel would never arrive "in our lifetimes."...

 

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in wake of Israel-UAE deal

(JNS) — U.S. President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, in part for helping to broker the treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, dubbed the “Abraham Accord.” He was nominated by Norwegian Parliament...

 

Performance artist goes on international virtual tour LIVE from his apartment in D.C.

In the midst of a 12-city, 4-country, 64-show international virtual tour during a global pandemic, award-winning performance artist Brian Feldman brings the online version of one of his signature...

 

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Danish parliament to debate bill that would ban non-medical circumcision By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The Danish parliament is scheduled to consider a bill proposing a ban on non-medical circumcisions. Henri Goldstein, the president of the Jewish...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    September 11, 2020

Homemade shofars and 'passive' Zooming: How some British synagogues are adapting this High Holiday season

(JTA) - As night falls on the second night of Rosh Hashanah this year, Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet and two shofar blowers will ascend the 144-foot tower of St. Albans Cathedral, the 11th-century church...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    September 4, 2020

Despite limits on Uman pilgrimage, some hold out hope to visit for Rosh Hashanah

(JNS) — Each year, tens of thousands of Jews from across the world make a pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. The leader of the Breslov Chassidic dynasty, Rabbi...

 
 By Joe Baur    News    September 4, 2020

'We are here,' not in Israel: The new Berlin Jewish museum director on Jewish life in Germany, beyond BDS

BERLIN (JTA) - The previous director of the Jewish Museum Berlin left in the wake of a tweet. In May, after the German parliament declared the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against...

 

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Biden campaign appears to walk back apology over condemning Linda Sarsour By Jackson Richman (JNS) — The Biden campaign has been sending conflicting messages over whether or not it regrets comments directed at Linda Sarsour, a prominent pro-BDS...

 

Ukraine's Jewish president thinks Jews especially should invest in his country

(JTA) - If you're looking for a good investment, you should put your money on Ukraine – especially if you're Jewish. That's the message from the office of the country's Jewish president, Vlodymyr...

 

Facebook doesn't 'recognize Holocaust denial' as hate speech

(JNS) — Facebook, according to an Aug. 10 report, “actively promotes further Holocaust-denial content to that user” and “has been unwilling to recognize Holocaust denial as a form of hate speech against Jews.” “Hosting the Holohoax: A...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 28, 2020

EU review of Palestinian textbooks is a tragedy of errors, says watchdog group

(JNS) - Palestinian textbooks are rife with blatant incitement against Israel, as has been reported for decades. And in the United States, for example, Palestinian children studying under the...

 

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