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 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 17, 2021 

US and Israel have set up joint team

(JTA) - In a significant move, Israel and the United States have set up a joint team at the national security adviser level to contain Iran, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told U.S. Jewish leaders in...

 

How Israel is being drawn into the Algerian-Moroccan feud

(JNS) Algeria’s decision last week to sever diplomatic ties with its neighbor, Morocco, put the spotlight on the strengthening Israeli-Moroccan relations that were born out of the Abraham Accords. Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, an expert on North...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

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...

 

Hadassah picks next CEO

(JNS) — Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America has picked a veteran Jewish and nonprofit communal leader as its new CEO. Naomi Adler, most recently the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, will... Full story

 

Mideast terror groups energized by Taliban victory, but not rushing into battle

(JNS) — The shockwaves from the Taliban’s lightning-quick takeover of Afghanistan are continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, and Islamist forces are feeling energized by the U.S. withdrawal. But according to Prof. Eyal Zisser, a...

 

Canadian Jewish News restarts, again, eyeing a younger audience

(JTA) - Reports of the demise of the Canadian Jewish News have been, not for the first time, greatly exaggerated. On Sept. 1, the publication - the largest Jewish news organization in Canada - will... Full story

 

Nearly 500 participants join 23 Yachad Summer Programs

NEW YORK — This summer, 498 participants took part in Yachad programs across the United States, Canada and Israel. Yachad, a division of the Orthodox Union, is a leading organization for individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community and is...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar wins a second gold and sets another world record at Tokyo Paralympics By Emily Burack (JTA) — Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar continued his historic Paralympics on Sunday, winning another gold medal and breaking his own worl...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 3, 2021

Biden and Bennett focus on Iran in first meeting

WASHINGTON (JTA) - In his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Joe Biden said that although he prefers diplomatic means to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,...

 

Yair Lapid says the Holocaust 'defined' him - that's adding fuel to the fire in Israel-Poland relations

(JTA) — Israeli leaders rarely criticize a law passed by an ally government as outright “antisemitic.” But that’s what Foreign Minister Yair Lapid did on Aug. 14 in response to a newly passed law in Poland that indirectly makes it impossible...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    September 3, 2021

Calls on Pope Francis to clarify comments

(JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has asked Pope Francis to retract a recent comment about Jewish law that it said might lead Catholic listeners to “derogatory conclusions” about Jews.  Rabbi Ratzon Arusi, chair of the Chief Rabbinate’s...

 

Owners of Ukrainian cafe housed in a former synagogue say logo resembling Nazi symbol was a 'font gone wrong'

(JTA) — The owners of a Ukrainian cafe housed in a former synagogue said they worked two lightning bolts into the logo to advertise the reenergizing qualities of the coffee there. Instead they waded into a political minefield because they ended up...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 3, 2021

After Afghanistan's last Jew refused to leave, his would-be Jewish rescuers helped dozens of other Afghans escape instead

(JTA) - Zebulon Simantov, Afghanistan's last Jew, has not left Kabul, despite the best efforts of some Jewish figures and organizations. One of them was Moshe Margaraten, a haredi Orthodox fixer...

 

Hackers threaten online shiva for Brazilian Jewish educator

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Hackers posting death threats, including “I’ll enter synagogues and kill everyone,” broke into the online mourning ceremony for a former Jewish school principal in Rio de Janeiro. “Death to Jews,” “I’ll...

 

Jewish social services groups kick into high gear

By Philissa Cramer (JTA) — Jewish communities around the world are reactivating their refugee-support networks as they prepare to help resettle Afghans who have fled the Taliban takeover of their country. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

‘Enthusiasm’ remains uncurbed: Larry David’s 11th season with HBO debuts in October By Ron Kampeas (JTA) — Will there be a Martha’s Vineyard episode, and if there is, who plays Alan Dershowitz? The pandemic-delayed 11th season of Larry...

 

Tehran ready to pounce on Afghanistan and Mideast foes in more aggressive stance

(JNS) - Newly installed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi celebrated the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the failure of the United States to leave smoothly after 20 years entrenched in the country,...

 

JDC provides critically needed medical supplies to Haiti

(JNS) - The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is responding to the Aug. 14 earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti by providing critically needed medical supplies - surgical instruments,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 27, 2021

Afghanistan's last Jew who still won't leave the country (or divorce his wife)

(JTA) - Amid the Taliban's total takeover of Afghanistan this week, some had specific concerns about one person: that country's last remaining Jew, 62-year-old Zebulon Simantov. Simantov, who has in r...

 

Iran moving ahead with production of uranium metal

(JNS) — Iran’s efforts to produce enriched uranium metal have progressed, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report released on Monday. According to the report, which was issued to member states, Iran has produced 200g of uranium...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 27, 2021

The Abraham Accords just turned 1 - here's how each of the agreements are holding up

WASHINGTON (JTA) — While most of the foreign policy world is focused on President Joe Biden’s moves in Afghanistan in the wake of the stunning turn of events there, the first anniversary of another important Middle East development quietly took...

 

Is it safe to attend Rosh Hashanah services? Should kids?

(JTA) — For the second year, COVID-19 has made it so Jews who want to attend High Holidays services must undergo a complicated risk calculation. Is it safe to go to synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Should I bring my children? Is the...

 

Jewish advocates warn that pro-Israel college students to face aggression on campus

(JNS) - A number of Jewish groups have significant concerns about how Israel's conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip this spring will correlate into anti-Jewish sentiment on North American college ca... Full story

 
 By Aaron Bandler    News    August 20, 2021

Ben & Jerry's franchisees call for company to rescind Israel decision

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — Several U.S. Ben & Jerry’s franchisees have sent a letter to the company calling on them to rescind their July 19 decision to stop doing business in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The letter was signed by... Full story

 

Palestinians blast Fatah in West Bank protests

(JNS) — Ongoing Arab protests in recent weeks in the West Bank against the Palestinian Authority over the killing of opposition activist Nizar Banat by security forces have led to heavy criticism of the P.A. for suppression. According to...

 

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