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AJC has new exec. director

(JNS) - The American Jewish Congress announced on Tuesday that it has picked Joel Rubin, who served as the liaison to the Jewish community for the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sande...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 23, 2020 

Federations and Orthodox groups call for quadrupling security funds for nonprofits

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Orthodox umbrella groups and the Jewish Federations of North America joined a faith groups’ letter to congressional appropriators asking them to quadruple funds for security grants for vulnerable nonprofits, to $360...

 

Group rallies against Cuomo, de Blasio over new COVID restrictions directed at Jews

(JNS) Supporters of a grassroots group seeking to end anti-Semitism held a rally outside of the New York Public Library last Thursday to express their dismay with recent comments and actions by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill...

 

83 percent of Orthodox Jews would vote for Trump

(JNS) — If the U.S. elections were held today — two weeks before the Nov. 3 election — 83 percent of Orthodox Jews would vote for U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a poll released on Wednesday. An Ami magazine poll of 1,000 Orthodox...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

Orthodox Jews burn masks in protest against New York's new COVID rules

(JTA) — Protests by Orthodox Jews against New York’s crackdown on gatherings in their neighborhoods turned tense and at times violent Tuesday night as throngs of young men demonstrated in the streets of Borough Park. The late-night protest in a...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

NY governor imposes new rules on houses of worship, schools and essential businesses

(JTA) – It won’t just be schools that close in areas of New York City with many COVID-19 cases. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced new restrictions on houses of worship, with services in some parts of the state capped at just 10 people....

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 16, 2020

Orthodox Jewish leaders decry Cuomo's 'draconian' measures to restrict worship amid virus rise

(JNS) — Professing his “respect and love” for the Orthodox Jewish community, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced major restrictions and closures in parts of the state designated as “COVID clusters,” areas that have an overwhelmingly large...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

NY Hasidic enclave to be shuttered

(JTA) — The county health commissioner in upstate New York’s Orange County issued an order Monday closing schools serving students from Kiryas Joel, a community made up of mostly Satmar Hasidic Jews. The village has the highest COVID positivity...

 

20,000 Jewish communal professionals lost jobs

“Blindsided.”  That’s how Melissa Engelberg felt after being laid off in April due to COVID-19 cutbacks.   “I was shocked, I was sad and I was worried,” said Engelberg, who lost her job as director of grants and programs at the Jewish...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 16, 2020

Report: white supremacists the 'most persistent and lethal' threat in the US

(JTA) — A new report from the Department of Homeland Security names white supremacists as the biggest domestic terror threat in the United States. The Homeland Threat Assessment, released on Tuesday, details an array of violent domestic threats in...

 

Gov. Newsom vetoes ethnic-studies bill requiring anti-Israel curriculum

(JNS) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would make ethnic-studies courses a high school graduation requirement. Newsom, a Democrat, cited the ongoing pushback over the curriculum for...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 9, 2020

COVID closures in New York

(JTA) – One New York City private Jewish high school shut down Monday after two students in 11th grade and two students in 12th grade tested positive. Several students in the younger grades exhibited symptoms. In a boys’ yeshiva high school in...

 
 By Hannah Dreyfus    News    October 9, 2020

Columbia University students pass college's first-ever Israel boycott referendum

(NY Jewish Week via JTA) — Students at Columbia University have passed a first-ever referendum to boycott and divest from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians.” The news was released to the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    October 9, 2020

Student government passes pro-Black Lives Matter resolution

(JTA) — The University of Illinois student government included a call for divestment from companies that do business with Israel as part of a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The university’s Office of Student Affairs con...

 

House Dems vote against anti-Semitism amendment

(JNS) — More than 160 U.S. House Democrats voted on Sept. 16 against an amendment to combat anti-Semitism. The Republican-offered measure was added to a Democrat-backed bill, the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act, which would allow for the fili...

 

Jewish groups react to Trump nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court

(JNS) - Jewish groups expressed mixed reactions to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Sept. 26 that he has nominated U.S. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 2, 2020

Messages in Jewish New York City school parent chats advise against COVID testing to prevent shutdowns

(JTA) — Parents of students attending Jewish schools in New York City are being encouraged not to have their children tested for COVID-19 to prevent the schools from being shut down. On Thursday, this message made the rounds on WhatsApp, a popular...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 2, 2020

Fox show called out Gingrich for his George Soros rhetoric

(JTA) — An exchange Wednesday on a Fox News show struck many as remarkable: Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker, blamed “George Soros’ money” for violence in American cities before being shut down by two other panelists on “O...

 

Jewish groups react to passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

(JNS) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, died on Sept. 18 at the age of 87 at her home in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg, a heralded liberal judicial,...

 
 By JTA staff    News    September 25, 2020

Abraham Foxman endorses Biden, calling Trump a 'demagogue' - RJC chair voices rebuttal

(JTA) - Abraham Foxman, the former longtime leader of the Anti-Defamation League, has broken his tradition of not endorsing political candidates to back Joe Biden, arguing that President Donald Trump...

 

Jewish groups join effort to end federal death penalty

Washington, D.C. — More than 200 local, state and national organizations are calling on Congress to examine issues arising from the current spate of federal executions, and ultimately to abolish the federal death penalty. A growing number of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

Biden leads Trump 67-30 among Jewish voters, survey finds

(JTA) — A survey of Jewish voters shows 67 percent plan to vote for Joe Biden in November and 30 percent plan to vote for Donald Trump. The numbers in the survey released Monday by the Jewish Electorate Institute broke the same way when voters were...

 

Major League Baseball's official historian on Jews in baseball and making sense of the weirdest season of all time

(JTA) - From Hank Greenberg to Sandy Koufax to Alex Bregman, Jews and baseball go way back, to the 19th century. It's not just players and fans - the participation even extends to the role of official...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 25, 2020

Biden says Trump's foreign policy is bad for Israel

(JTA) — At a virtual fundraiser organized by J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, Joe Biden said that President Donald Trump is bad for Israel because he runs a feckless foreign policy. “Trump’s put Israel in danger by...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 25, 2020

Study: More than one in 10 Americans under 40 thinks Jews caused the Holocaust

(JTA) — More than one in 10 American adults under 40 believes that Jews caused the Holocaust. That’s one finding from a survey published Wednesday trying to gauge Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Generation Z, a cohort ranging in age...

 

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