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 By Jackson Richman    News    January 24, 2020 

In final debate before Iowa Caucus, Democratic candidates slam Trump's policy on Iran

(JNS)-In the seventh and final Democratic debate before the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 3, hosted on Tuesday by CNN and The Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the six candidates on...

 

Candidate Dalia al-Aqidi wants to unseat Omar

A Republican Muslim candidate is looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar in the upcoming U.S. elections. Dalia al-Aqidi, an award-winning international journalist and Muslim refugee, announced he...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 24, 2020 

South Dakota governor signs executive order prohibiting Israel boycotts

(JTA)—South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota is the 28th state to have enacted an anti-Israel boycott executive order or...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 24, 2020 

NAACP suspends official

NEW YORK (JTA)-A local NAACP official in New Jersey has been suspended from his position for six months after giving a speech castigating Orthodox Jews in Jersey City and the largely Jewish city of...

 

Pro-Israel students at conference gain knowledge, confidence in combating hate on campus

(JNS)-Pro-Israel students from 30 university campuses across the United States and Canada gathered last week in New York City for a three-day conference to learn about defending Israel effectively,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 24, 2020 

The Tell: Where the top 7 Democratic candidates stand on Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The post-debate analysis this week focused largely on the ongoing spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While we hope they can sort that out soon, the debate featured something else more relevant to JTA readers:...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 17, 2020

More than 25,000 march against anti-Semitism in New York City

NEW YORK (JTA)-An estimated 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and held a rally on Sunday to protest rising anti-Semitism in and around New York City. The rally comes following a spate o...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 17, 2020

Monsey rabbi who survived stabbing attack gives invocation at New York State of the State address

NEW YORK (JTA)-Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, whose home was the site of a stabbing last month on the holiday of Chanukah, delivered an invocation at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 17, 2020

Bret Stephens under fire for NY Times column on Jewish intelligence

(JTA)—New York Times columnist Bret Stephens came under fire on social media for an op-ed in which he wrote that Ashkenazi Jews are more intelligent than other people and cited a paper by a researcher who promoted eugenics. The reference to the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 10, 2020

Bernie Sanders picks former Obama official as liaison to Jewish community

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Bernie Sanders campaign has named an insider in both the Jewish and Democratic establishments-entities that the presidential candidate has previously kept at a distance-as its...

 
 By Adi Eshman    News    January 10, 2020

NYC to combat anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-New York City will launch three initiatives aimed at combating anti-Semitic hate crimes. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement at a dramatic news conference Sunday afternoon at...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 10, 2020

Jewish groups and lawmakers laud legacy of John Lewis after he announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The black-Jewish coalition that has fought for civil rights since the 1960s has the city of Atlanta as its nexus. Folks there cite three reasons for this: a substantial...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 10, 2020

Schumer calls to quadruple funding for security grants

(JTA)—Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to fight for a quadrupling of funding for federal security grants for nonprofit organizations. It would raise the amount provided by the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $360 million annually...

 

New York Democrats condemn anti-Semitic attacks, but admit they're not sure why they are happening

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the wake of several attacks on Jews in the New York area in recent months, seven House Democrats representing districts of New York City held a news conference to emphasize that...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    January 10, 2020

Following anti-Semitic attack, Monsey's Jewish community will not be 'cowed' to change

(JNS)-Less than 24 hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi's home on Forshay Road in Monsey, N.Y., Jews gathered on the lawn to sing and dance as a Torah scroll was dedicated at a nearby...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    January 10, 2020

10 ways American Jewish life changed in the 2010s

NEW YORK (JTA)-All of the gloom and doom that many in the Jewish community have felt toward the end of this decade should not obscure the fact that the 2010s were full of innovation. Yes, there was...

 

Trump administration opposes Turkey sanctions bill

(JNS)—The Trump administration is reportedly opposing a bill that would sanction Turkey for purchasing Russian missiles, claiming that it would push both countries towards further cooperation. The administration also opposes a part of the measure...

 

USAID's Bonnie Glick takes lessons from Judaism as deputy of US development agency

(JNS)-Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development Bonnie Glick made headlines last week after Bloomberg reported that she placed a hold on U.S. economic assistance to Lebanon...

 

Congress members call on DeVos to deny taxpayer funds for BDS studies on campus

(JNS)—Eight Republican members of Congress on Thursday called on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to ensure that taxpayer funds do not go toward Middle East Studies’ centers at colleges and universities that support boycotting Israel. In a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 3, 2020

Columbia University accused of anti-Semitic discrimination

(JTA)—A federal complaint has been filed against Columbia University accusing the school of anti-Semitic discrimination. It is the first case filed since President Donald Trump’s executive order on combating anti-Semitism, which grants Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 27, 2019

With adoption of major spending bills, Congress signals support for two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—If where you spend your money is the clearest sign of your priorities, Congress seems to be saying that it remains invested in Israeli-Palestinian peace and in robustly supporting Israel’s defense systems. The House of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 27, 2019

Inside the biggest American Shabbat service of the year

CHICAGO (JTA)-Josh Nelson sat onstage in front of 5,000 people, accompanied by eight other musicians and perched next to a ginormous video screen bearing the words to one of Judaism's central...

 

Jersey City official refers to Jewish 'brutes'

(JTA)—A Board of Education member in Jersey City has sparked controversy with social media comments following the shooting last week at a kosher market there. “Where was all this faith and hope when Black homeowners were being threatened, intimid...

 

President Trump signs executive order addressing anti-Semitism in US education

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday, Dec. 11, addressing anti-Semitism amid the rise in hatred toward Jews in education in the United States, announced the White House in a call with reporters on Tuesday...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 20, 2019

Jersey City mayor says gunmen targeted kosher supermarket in shootout that left 6 dead

(JTA)-The gunmen who entered a Jersey City kosher supermarket and engaged in a deadly shootout with police deliberately chose the store, the city's mayor said. "Based on our initial investigation...

 

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