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 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 20, 2020

New Jersey rabbis decide to shut down their Jewish community

(JTA)-Larry Rothwachs, a rabbi in Teaneck, New Jersey, walked into the meeting Wednesday night between local Jewish leaders and health officials with one set of ideas about how his community should...

 

From 'Spock' greetings to chopstick Torah pointers, synagogues are getting creative amid the coronavirus outbreak

(JTA)-On a typical Friday, some 200 people show up for services at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, a Reform congregation in Seattle. But last week, there was no one in the pews as Rabbi Daniel Weiner welcomed...

 
 By Alix Wall    News    March 20, 2020

Texas Jewish teen helps unite Democrats and Republicans

Adam Hoffman isn’t your average American Jewish teen. The grandchild of Holocaust survivors on his mother’s side, he’s a sixth-generation Texan on his father’s side. An Orthodox native of Houston and graduate of Jewish day schools, Hoffman,...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 20, 2020

Preparing for the 'worst-case scenario': Jewish aid groups scramble amid the coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORK (JTA)-The run-up to Passover is the busiest time of the year for Masbia, a nonprofit that operates three kosher soup kitchens in Brooklyn and Queens. The organization has to order all...

 

House Democrats block anti-BDS bill

(JNS) Democrats blocked a bill on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have prohibited U.S. support for the anti-Israel BDS movement. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), would have expanded the E...

 
 By JNS Staff    News    March 13, 2020

Bipartisan 'foundation' on Israel in danger

(JNS) WASHINGTON—The theme of this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference was billed as “Today. Tomorrow. Together,” the essence of which seemed to be lost in all the political noise associated with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates deciding...

 

Central Florida had good representation at AIPAC

Local resident Dr. David Diamond, his wife, Orly, and his children attended the 2020 AIPAC Policy Conference, held the first week in March. They all got "up close and personal" with several...

 
 By JNS Staff    News    March 13, 2020

Boston's Federation honors activist with ties to IfNotNow

(JNS)-The Boston-based Jewish Federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), recently honored a local activist with ties to the anti-Israel group IfNotNow. Nadav David is listed as one of CJP's...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 13, 2020

Pence: Sanders would be 'most anti-Israel president in history'

(JNS) WASHINGTON-Making the case for U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday that if elected, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would be the complete...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 13, 2020

Bloomberg makes pro-Israel case at AIPAC policy conference

(JNS) WASHINGTON-Former New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg laid out his case to the pro-Israel community on Monday at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, even...

 
 By Aaron Bandler    News    March 13, 2020

Biden to AIPAC: 'I support Israel and a Palestinian state'

(Jewish Journal via JNS)-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to attendees of the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in a video address on Sunday, stating that he will always support Israel,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 13, 2020

Sanders and Trump skip AIPAC, but take center stage anyway

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden made an appearance via video and Mike Bloomberg turned up in person. So did Mike Pence. Even the coronavirus got a shoutout. Despite threats of a boycott by Democrats and anxieties about communicable diseases, this...

 
 By James Russell    News    March 6, 2020

For the 3,500 teens at the annual BBYO convention, the world needs their help

(JNS) DALLAS-Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate-change activist Greta Thunberg was not at BBYO's International Convention here last week, but when her name was mentioned, throngs of teenagers...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    March 6, 2020

Expressing concern about 'bigotry,' Bernie Sanders says he'll skip this year's AIPAC conference

(JTA)—After weeks of skirting questions about whether he would attend the annual conference held by AIPAC, Bernie Sanders has declared his intentions: No, he won’t go, and not because his schedule won’t allow it. In a two-tweet statement, Sande...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 6, 2020

AIPAC calls Sanders decision to 'skip' conference 'shameful'

(JNS)—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, skipped the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. “The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security,” said Sanders. “So do the Palestinian...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 6, 2020

Jersey City's kosher supermarket is starting to reopen

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (JTA)-Two months after his wife was murdered in the attack on this city's only kosher grocery store, owner Moshe Ferencz was back behind the counter this week. The store, which has...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 6, 2020

Synagogue Jews fleeing Cuba built in Miami is struggling

MIAMI BEACH (JTA)-Palm trees line the entrance to the Cuban Hebrew Congregation, where on a recent Saturday morning, about a dozen elderly people gathered for services. Congregants greeted each other...

 

More than 50 JCCs nationwide receive emailed bomb threats

This is a developing story. NEW YORK (JTA)—More than 50 Jewish community centers in 23 states have received emailed bomb threats since Saturday. None of the threats have been found to be credible, though local law enforcement agencies have been not...

 

New York City's latest tactic to combat anti-Semitism: An ad campaign featuring diverse Jewish New Yorkers

NEW YORK (JTA)-New York City is hoping that a new ad campaign will make Jewish New Yorkers feel comfortable despite a recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks. The campaign, launched Wednesday by the...

 

Reps. Jordan, Johnson tour Judea, Samaria as lines discussed for mapping Mideast peace plan

(JNS)-Two U.S. Republican House members visited historic and strategic sites in Judea and Samaria days after the creation of a special "deal of the century" committee to begin mapping out Israeli...

 

University of Illinois student president vetoes BDS bill

(JNS)-The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student president has vetoed a BDS resolution that was passed last Thursday by the student government. The bill will now likely be heard again by...

 

IfNotNow turns up volume in Democratic circles, pushing pro-BDS, anti-Israel agenda

(JNS)-The anti-Israel group IfNotNow approached the leading Democratic presidential candidates in New Hampshire, ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday, to ask if they will skip the annual AIPAC...

 

AIPAC apologizes, removes ads slamming 'radical Democrats' Reps. Omar, Tlaib and McCollum

(JNS)—AIPAC apologized for and removed at least four ads it sponsored on Facebook that slammed “radicals in the Democratic Party.” “We offer our unequivocal apology to the overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress who are rightfully...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 21, 2020

Jewish Harvard students form anti-Zionist organization

(JTA)-A group of undergraduate students at Harvard University has formed what they call an "anti-Zionist Jewish organization" that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against...

 

J Street president embraces Abbas

(JNS)—J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami embraced Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas after the latter made statements at a hotel on Tuesday following his remarks earlier at a U.N. Security Council session, denouncing the Trump...

 

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