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 By Shira Hanau    News    August 7, 2020 

'He told me to call him Cube': ZOA chief Mort Klein details his talk with Ice Cube after Farrakhan tweets

(JTA) - Mort Klein didn't know much about Ice Cube when he got on the phone with him on Monday afternoon, but by the end of their two-hour conversation, Klein said he was convinced the rapper was not...

 
 By Jodie Sadowsky    News    August 7, 2020 

Anti-Semites 'Zoombombed' our Shabbat services

Prior to the pandemic, my family of five rarely attended Shabbat services at our Reform synagogue in Connecticut. There was always something else to do — sports practices and school dances, birthday parties and weekends away. Now, however, with...

 

AOC praises support of anti-Semitic groups for letter censuring Israeli sovereignty

(JNS) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) praised the support by at least 10 anti-Semitic groups for a letter issued by her and signed by other Democrats, The Washington Free Beacon recently reported, citing “an internal email...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020

Organizations petition US Supreme Court to overturn Jewish discrimination case

(JNS) — A group of 10 Jewish organizations has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a discrimination case from the 1970s that involved a Jewish employee who couldn’t work on Saturdays, which is the the Jewish Shabbat. The amicus curiae...

 

US House votes to maintain security aid to Israel

(JNS) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 on Tuesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives. The...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 31, 2020

Abe Foxman's next act: Raising $28 million to feed thousands

(JTA) — Since retiring from his post as national director of the Anti-Defamation League in 2015, Abraham Foxman has had plenty of opportunities to take on other projects in the Jewish world. Until now, he’s almost always said no. But now the 80-y...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020

Omar's challenger Antone Melton-Meaux: Progressive and pro-Israel not mutually exclusive

(JNS) - Since taking office in 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has become one of the most outspoken critics of Israel in the U.S. Congress. She has become part of a growing cadre of young...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 31, 2020

John Lewis and the Jews: 6 moments that showcase an enduring alliance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, died at 80 over the weekend, Jews in America and abroad lost an ally of nearly six decades. Lewis never tired of telling folks to “get into good trouble,...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020

AJC new anti-Semitism director speaks out against Jew-hatred

(JNS) - Israel and the Jewish people are always looking for friends, and they seemed to have found one in Holly Huffnagle. A Christian now employed to help tackle anti-Semitism in the United States,...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 31, 2020

US Department of Justice takes action against New York village targeting Orthodox Jews

(JNS) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sent a letter Monday notifying the Village of Airmont in Rockland County, N.Y., that they plan to file suit against the village on the grounds that are violating terms of...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    July 24, 2020

Bari Weiss, opinion editor with anti-Semitism focus, resigns

(JTA) - Bari Weiss, the Jewish opinion writer and editor who has been a lightning rod for left-wing critics, has resigned from The New York Times. The author of a much-discussed recent book on anti-Se...

 

Nick Cannon apologizes for anti-Semitic remarks, Fox to keep him as show host

(JNS) - The Fox TV network will retain Nick Cannon as host of "The Masked Singer" following his apology for making anti-Semitic remarks on a podcast that has since been deleted from YouTube for viol...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 24, 2020

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jemele Hill call out anti-Semitism in the Black community

(JTA) — In the wake of a string of high-profile controversies involving the likes of rapper Ice Cube and NFL player DeSean Jackson, two more prominent Black commentators have called out anti-Semitism in the Black community this week: NBA Hall of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Despite pressure from progressives, no major changes in Democratic platform on Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Centrists on the platform-writing committee of the Democratic National Committee overrode progressives who wanted the platform to condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The 2020 platform only alludes to the occupation,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 24, 2020

New York City's flagship JCC cuts 35 percent of jobs

(JTA) — Just days after the expiration of a federal program meant to preserve jobs during the pandemic, one of the largest JCCs in the country has laid off or furloughed 35 percent of its employees. The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center of...

 

Nazi hate or Buddist peace symbol?

A college student from Houston, Texas, started a petition against the popular retailer SHEIN for selling what she believed was a Nazi swastika pendant. The Stop Anti-Semitism watchdog group also...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 17, 2020

ADL CEO under fire for partnering with Sharpton in pushing for Facebook boycott

(JNS) - Anti-Defamation League national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has come under fire from Jewish groups for appearing on the MSNBC show "Politics Nation With Al Sharpton" on Sunday to...

 

Conference of Presidents calls for zero tolerance in the face of increased anti-Semitism

NEW YORK — Arthur Stark, chairman; William Daroff, CEO; and Malcolm Hoenlein, vice chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement: “We are outraged by recent instances of blatant...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 17, 2020

Julian Edelman invites DeSean Jackson to have 'uncomfortable conversations'

(JTA) — New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman invited fellow NFL star DeSean Jackson to have “uncomfortable conversations” about anti-Semitism and hatred against Blacks. Edelman was responding to recent posts by Jackson attributed to...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 17, 2020

Stephen Jackson said DeSean Jackson is 'speaking the truth' about Jews

(JTA) - NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson unleashed an uproar with his tweets over the weekend that featured quotes dubiously attributed to Adolf Hitler - including claims that "white Jews" will work...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 17, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers' Zach Banner says we must 'put our arms around' Jews

(JTA) — Zach Banner of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers wants the Black community to know: Jews “deal with the same amount of hate, similar hardships and hard times.” In a tweet accompanied by a video, Banner said he does not want to “harp...

 
 By Zahava Fertig    News    July 17, 2020

Project Proactive: Empowering teenagers

What once started as an Instagram page, Project Proactive, co-founded by Shoshana Mehler and Rebecca Shapiro, is a recently formed not-for-profit organization that works toward destigmatizing mental health in the Jewish community through creative...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 17, 2020

Brooklyn's Hasidic Jews are acting like they have herd immunity - could they be right?

(JTA) – The front page of the June 26 issue of Der Yid, one of the most widely circulated Yiddish newspapers among New York's Hasidic Orthodox communities, made the point loud and clear. "And so it...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 10, 2020

New York federal judge blocks COVID restrictions on prayer, religious gatherings

(JNS) - A federal judge expressed concerns on Friday that New York governmental leaders violated the rights of residents when it sought to limit the number of individuals who could gather for prayer...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 10, 2020

For Orthodox, Supreme Court's ruling is a big win

(JTA) — For Orthodox Jewish advocacy groups, the last day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 session brought a big win. On Tuesday, the high court handed school voucher proponents a victory in ruling that a state-run scholarship program funded by...

 

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