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 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 1, 2022 

Supreme Court ruling in Maine school case could lead to broad public funding of religious schools

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Maine parents seeking funding to send their children to religious schools, a development that a dissenting Jewish justice, Stephen Breyer, suggested could open the door to broad public...

 
 By Michael A. Helfand    News    July 1, 2022 

The Supreme Court just made sure religious institutions won't be left out of government funding

(JTA) — On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision prohibiting government from excluding religion and religious institutions from government funding programs.  This decision in Carson v. Makin follows on the heels of two other high...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    July 1, 2022 

Bill de Blasio seeks forgiveness in bid for Orthodox votes in Borough Park

(New York Jewish Week) — Seeking the endorsement of Borough Park Orthodox leaders in his run for Congress, former mayor Bill de Blasio apologized for a 2020 tweet berating Jews for large gatherings held during the pandemic.  In a video of...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 1, 2022 

Julie Platt takes reigns of JFNA Board of Trustees

(JNS) — There was little time for a period of transition for Julie Platt. But with her experience, there was little need for one. Announced in February as the incoming chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees, Platt was...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    June 24, 2022

NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom brings Holocaust education to Muslim school

(New York Jewish Week) - At the Brooklyn Amity School, a majority-Muslim private school in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, high school students are taking part in a new Holocaust education initiative with...

 

Yeshiva University acquires Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive

(JNS) — Yeshiva University in New York is the latest academic institution to acquire the unabridged version of the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, a collection of audiovisual interviews comprising 54,000 eyewitness testimonies of...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 24, 2022

Head of campus pro-Israel group loses primary in Nevada

(JTA) – David Brog has overseen pro-Israel organizations with significant Republican backing for more than two decades, but his own attempt to make inroads for himself as a GOP candidate fell short Tuesday in Nevada. Brog lost his Republican...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    June 24, 2022

Doug Emhoff spoke to a Holocaust survivor - and his AI 'twin'

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - When Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff sat down for a Zoom conversation with Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter on Wednesday, he opened by saying, "I feel like I already know you!"...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 17, 2022

Map is a guide to antisemitism

(JTA) - A Jewish arts group. A Jewish high school. A Jewish newspaper. A synagogue network. A major Jewish philanthropy that directs funds to mental health, homelessness prevention and refugee...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 17, 2022

Massachusetts Democrats condemn pro-Palestinian project mapping Boston Jewish groups

(JTA) — Massachusetts’ two Democratic Senators have joined at least four Democrats in Congress, including one vocal critic of Israel, in speaking out against a Boston pro-Palestinian activist group’s initiative mapping “local institutional su...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 17, 2022

Lawmakers launch bipartisan push for defense arrangement

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of lawmakers launched a bill that would establish an “integrated air and missile defense capability” joining the United States, Israel and Arab countries in a bid to deter Iran. Senate and House members of...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    June 10, 2022

SF Giants' Jewish manager is skipping national anthem

(JTA) — In the summer of 2020, Gabe Kapler, then in his first season as manager of the San Francisco Giants, joined figures across sports in taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Now, two years later, Kapler has...

 

New super PAC aims at electing pro-Israel Black Democrats

(JTA) - A new super PAC led by "Black and Jewish" leaders has endorsed five Black Democrats who have positions that are friendly to AIPAC, the latest sign that pro-Israel donors are determined to...

 

An interfaith coalition erased medical debts for over 2,000 people in the Chicago area, inspired by an ancient Jewish custom

(JTA) — More than half of bankruptcies in the United States are connected to medical debt. For some families in the Chicago area, however, that debt is being erased in accordance with the Jewish law of shmita, the sabbatical year. The Torah’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Minnesota GOP apologizes for Soros video

(JTA) — The Minnesota Republican Party apologized for screening a video that depicted liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros as a puppet master controlling two Jewish Democrats, saying that those responsible were not aware that the imagery had...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 3, 2022

Jewish groups have failed to stop Arizona from offering a gas chamber as an execution method

(JTA) – An unusual scenario played out in Arizona recently: The son of a Jewish woman who fled the Nazis was asked if he wanted to be executed by the same gas the Nazis once used. Frank Atwood, who was convicted of murdering an 8-year-old girl in...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 20, 2022

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to appointment of new press secretary

(JNS) - American Jewish organizations are divided in their reception of the new White House press secretary who has a history of taking anti-Israel positions. U.S. President Joe Biden nominated...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 20, 2022

Take antisemitism seriously

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Antisemitism is often not taken seriously until it becomes deadly, said Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar whose nomination to be the State Department's antisemitism monitor...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 20, 2022

Larry Summers, Alan Dershowitz and over 100 Harvard faculty and alumni denounce student paper's Israel boycott endorsement

(JTA) – The Harvard Crimson’s recent endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has attracted far more wide-ranging attention than a typical student paper’s editorial page, as faculty and alumni of the Ivy League institution...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 20, 2022

Fallout from Holocaust museum snub of Florida's governor results in some funds removed

(JNS) — Two leading Jewish conservatives blasted New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on May 6, claiming that museum staff told them they could not hold an event there if Fl...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    May 13, 2022

What do Jews say about abortion?

(JTA) — The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and our partner sites at 70 Faces Media have answered the question many times over the years, a testament to its persistence in political life and its significance to American Jews: What do Jews believe about...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 13, 2022

Antisemitic harassment reported at Rutgers Jewish fraternity

(JTA) — A historically Jewish fraternity at Rutgers University has been the target of multiple cases of antisemitic harassment this week, prompting the school to announce it would be increasing security on campus. Authorities said the...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 13, 2022

Larry Summers, Alan Dershowitz and over 100 Harvard faculty and alumni denounce student paper's Israel boycott endorsement

(JTA) – The Harvard Crimson’s recent endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has attracted far more wide-ranging attention than a typical student paper’s editorial page, as faculty and alumni of the Ivy League institution...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 13, 2022

Karine Jean-Pierre to be next White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden named as his next press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, a former official of the activist MoveOn group who endorsed its call on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the annual AIPAC conference....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 6, 2022

Reading names of the murdered

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Several dozen members of Congress joined Holocaust survivors to mark Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust remembrance day marked by Jewish communities worldwide, by reading out the names of the dead and hearing testimony in the Capitol...

 

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