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Let Pollard move to Israel

B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman has issued the following statement: The heavenly gates are closed; the book of life is inscribed. Another judgment day has passed. And Jonathan Pollard, a convict who spent 30 years in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019 

How Pittsburgh changed the way Jews think about security

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Here's the sad paradox of the shooting nearly one year ago at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue: The killing of 11 worshippers, the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, hit a...

 

US lawmakers to press White House on Israeli-Palestinian economic opportunities

(JNS)—Members of Congress spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week to recount their experiences of an “untold story of hope and opportunity” they encountered in Israel in August as part of a congressional tour...

 

Schumer, Pelosi to address attendees of J Street

(JNS)—U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic members of Congress and elected officials plan to address the annual J Street National Conference later this month, also...

 
 By Ellie Rudee    News    October 18, 2019 

UNRWA must evolve or dissolve, says General Assembly

By Ellie Rudee (JNS)—“Direct pressure” by donors is the most likely way to induce the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to change, former UNRWA general counsel James Lindsay told JNS as the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly came...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 11, 2019

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019

NEW YORK (JTA)—The number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City has risen significantly over the first nine months of this year, part of a citywide rise in such offenses. The New York Police Department has reported 311 total hate crimes...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 4, 2019

The Trump-Ukraine controversy, and the Jews involved, explained

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A week ago, impeachment was not the flavor of the season. The interest in Robert Mueller’s special counsel report into Russian election interference had waned, and the testimony by Mueller before Congress in July failed to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 4, 2019

Pres. Trump's New Year's message

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump, speaking to nearly a thousand Jewish leaders to wish them a Happy New Year on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, said he would be tough with Iran but did not want military conflict. “Our country is reminded of the...

 

Artwork by children around the world installed at Pittsburgh's synagogue

PITTSBURGH (JTA)-An art installation consisting of works submitted by children from around the world was unveiled at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. "#Hearts Together: The Art of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 27, 2019

How one Jewish school is processing the arrest of a teacher who preyed on children

NEW YORK (JTA)—Sitting at the front of a large room lined floor to ceiling with Jewish holy books, Rabbi Joseph Beyda’s voice broke as he processed, seemingly in real time, the idea that a trusted teacher had preyed on his students. “I think th...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    September 27, 2019

NY will increase police presence in Jewish neighborhoods for High Holidays

(JTA)—The New York Police Department said it will increase its presence in Jewish neighborhoods before and during the High Holidays. Increased foot patrols and specialized units such as counterterrorism teams will be deployed throughout the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 13, 2019

Jason Greenblatt steps down

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's top Middle East peace negotiator, is leaving the White House. Although the "ultimate" deal he helped craft has yet to be fully announced,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 13, 2019

Here's how New York City's new hate crimes chief plans to tackle rising anti-Semitism

(JTA)-Like other local officials, Deborah Lauter can't say exactly what's causing the recent spike in hate crimes against Jews in New York City. It could be, in her words, "the rhetoric that's coming...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 6, 2019

Hadassah is back from the brink

WASHINGTON (JTA)-A decade after the Bernie Madoff debacle-one so serious that Hadassah officials refuse to even utter the Ponzi schemer's name-the women's Zionist organization is back. The finances...

 

Resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions on docket for annual poli-sci conference

(JNS)-During the upcoming American Political Science Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., a group of political theorists is expected to discuss a resolution to boycott Israeli...

 

California Democrats pass resolutions condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism

(JNS)—The California Democratic Party’s executive board passed three pro-Israel resolutions on Aug. 25, condemning hatred towards Jews and the State of Israel. One resolution, which Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) co-founder Susan George...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    August 30, 2019

Republicans say bipartisan goodwill will not be hijacked by 'attention-grabbers'

(JNS)-The decision by Israel to bar Reps. Rashid Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) due to their support for the anti-Israel BDS movement has generated international headlines while at the same...

 

Maher slams BDS; Tlaib calls for boycott

(JNS)-Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Saturday called for boycotting Bill Maher's HBO show after the liberal comedian denounced the anti-Israel BDS movement as "a bulls**t purity test." "Maybe folks...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 30, 2019

California high school students make Nazi salute at ceremony

(JTA)—Students at a Southern California high school made a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi marching song at the start of an awards ceremony. The school district will not say publicly if or how it disciplined the students. The incident, which took...

 

Trump: Voting Democrat is being 'disloyal to Jewish people'

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump clarified remarks made about how Jewish voters could support the Democratic Party knowing the anti-Israel bias among certain congressional members, such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar...

 
 By Bob Jacob    News    August 30, 2019

Ohio man arrested after threatening to shoot up JCC

(CJN via JNS)—A New Middletown Village man was arrested on Aug. 17 after police said he made a threat toward the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, Ohio. James Reardon, Jr., 20, is being held in Mahoning County Jail in Youngstown on...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    August 23, 2019

72 representatives don't #skipthetrip, join largest-ever delegation to Israel

(JNS)-A total of 41 Democrats and 31 Republicans are in Israel on overlapping party tours to get a firsthand view of the complex security challenges Israel faces and to express their unconditional,...

 

Israel bans entry of Congresswomen

Israel has decided to bar two Muslim pro-BDS members of Congress from entering Israel over fears of provocation that they would cause and their unwillingness to coordinate with Israeli authorities, according to multiple reports. Officials had reporte...

 

How lawmakers and Jewish groups are reacting to Israel's decision to ban Tlaib and Omar

(JTA)—Israel’s decision on Aug. 15 to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country has quickly prompted a wave of impassioned responses from across the Jewish community. Pro-Israel groups, including AIPAC, and prominent...

 

California Board of Education scraps anti-Israel ethnic-studies

(JNS)—The California Board of Education has announced it will scrap its current draft ethnic-studies curriculum and develop a new model curriculum following outrage by California lawmakers, activists and Jewish and pro-Israel groups for its...

 

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