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 News    April 19, 2019 

Anti-Semitism lawsuit against Newton schools expanded to include violation of First Amendment

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS—Taxpayers suing to stop anti-Israel and anti-Semitic history lessons in Newton Public Schools have added to their lawsuit new claims under the First Amendment’s religion clauses. The amended complaint alleges that...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 19, 2019 

A Passover seder for Holocaust survivors brings joy, food and some good ol' kvetching

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (JTA)-Nine years ago, Ellen Grossman wanted to do something special for her birthday. "I said we've had enough parties and enough pocketbooks and enough jewelry-do something different,...

 
 News    April 19, 2019 

President's Service Award goes to anti-Semitic hate group

The Zionist Organization of America condemned New York University today for deciding to confer a President’s Service Award on NYU’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, a group with a horrific record of harassing and intimidating Jewish...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 19, 2019 

Trump gets hero's welcome at Jewish Coalition conference

LAS VEGAS (JTA)—President Donald Trump questioned traditional Jewish support for Democrats in a stem-winding speech to Jewish Republicans. “How did you support President Obama, how did you support the Democrats?” Trump said Saturday addressing...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 19, 2019 

Liberal Orthodox yeshiva says it will not ordain gay student

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Signaling a red line on how far Modern Orthodoxy is prepared to bend to adjust to societal changes, a liberal New York City seminary will not ordain an openly gay student who is engaged to be married and...

 
 By Jonathan Feldstein    News    April 19, 2019 

San Antonio shows appreciation for the Hagees, founders of CUFI

In an unprecedented event, hundreds from San Antonio's Jewish community, joined by Jewish leaders from throughout the U.S. and Israel, celebrated and expressed appreciation the past four decades of...

 

Evangelical leader asks for investigation into Ilhan Omar

Laurie Cardoza-Moore has called on President Trump to have Ilhan Omar's connections to the subversive Muslim Brotherhood thoroughly investigated. "If an organization which seeks the demise of...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    April 5, 2019

Pence blasts anti-Semitic rhetoric, 2020 Democratic candidates for missing AIPAC

(JNS)—Vice President Mike Pence blasted Democratic freshmen in the House of Representatives on Monday, in addition to certain candidates on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, for the former using “rank anti-Semitic language” and the latter...

 

Omar hosted fundraiser with CAIR-affiliated PAC

(JNS)—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), as part of a series of addressing fundraisers for groups that promote Islamic extremism, appeared at a fundraiser on Sunday, March 24, for a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2019

Ilhan Omar lashes out at Pelosi, Netanyahu for their AIPAC jabs

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Rep. Ilhan Omar hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after they called out the first-year congresswoman at the AIPAC policy conference for her attacks on the lobby and support for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2019

AIPAC stands up to critics-but what it stands for is more elusive

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee wants you to know it will not be silenced. “When they try to silence us, we speak up, and when they tell us to sit down, we stand up, we stand up,” Howard Kohr, the Israel lobby’s...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 29, 2019

Does Trump administration's new language represent a notable shift?

(JNS)—The decision last week by the U.S. State Department to change its designation of the Golan Heights from “Israeli-occupied” to “Israeli-controlled” in its annual human-rights report comes amid a push for the United States to...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 29, 2019

Muslim and Jewish activists tell Chelsea Clinton she helped cause the New Zealand mosque attack

(JTA)—Two student activists confronted Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on a New Zealand mosque and accused her of being a cause of the massacre. New York University students Leen Dweik, who is Muslim, and Rose...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 29, 2019

Brown University students blast upcoming referendum calling on school to divest from Israel

(JNS)-Undergraduate students at Brown University are expected to vote on a referendum from March 19-21, calling on the school to divest from Israel. "The #BrownDivest campaign is organized by a coalit...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 29, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about Beto O'Rourke

(JTA)—Add Beto O’Rourke to the already crowded field of Democratic candidates hoping to unseat President Donald Trump. The El Paso native and former congressman hopes to build on the buzz that...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 29, 2019

Does the Democratic Party really 'hate' Jewish people?

(JNS)—The Democratic Party has long been viewed by most Jewish Americans as its political home. Influenced by the Jewish people’s long history of persecution, urban lifestyle and generally liberal political outlook, American Jews are some of the...

 
 By Eric Berger    News    March 29, 2019

Orthodox-run cemetery OKs area for cremated remains, burial of non-Jewish family members

ST. LOUIS (St. Louis Jewish Light via JTA)-A Jewish cemetery in a suburb here has opened a section for the burial of cremated remains and will allow for the burial of non-Jewish, immediate family...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

Trump touts new Republican group, 'Jexodus,' urging Jews to bolt Democratic Party

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump promoted on his Twitter feed a group founded by Republicans that hopes to draw young Jews away from the Democratic Party. “‘Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party,’” Trump said Tuesday...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

State Department drops Israel 'occupied' language

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump administration ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied” by Israel. The State Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, issued Wednesday, drops the “occupie...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 22, 2019

Columbia University student government rejects BDS

(JNS)—The student government at Columbia University rejected a referendum on Sunday night calling on the school to support the movement to boycott Israel. After a four-hour intense meeting consisting of more than 150 onlookers, the Columbia...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 15, 2019

Record at a glance: Ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stands 'shoulder-to-shoulder' with Israel

(JNS)—John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 on Monday. Despite having led a state with a relatively small Jewish community, Hickenlooper has a wide-ranging...

 

12 pro-Israel groups call on Pelosi, Engel to remove Omar from House Committee

(JNS)—Twelve pro-Israel groups delivered a letter on Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), urging for the removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the committee amid the...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 15, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about John Hickenlooper

(JTA)-John Hickenlooper is the latest Democrat who thinks he can win back the White House in 2020. The former Colorado governor and self-described "extreme moderate" announced his candidacy on Monday...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 15, 2019

Hillel International tells Wake Forest Jewish students to 'lay low' during anti-Israel week

(JNS)—Amid this week being “Palestinian Rights Awareness Week” at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., pro-Israel campus students and Hillel professionals disagree on the appropriate approach toward countering the latest installation...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 15, 2019

How partisan politics are dividing an Orthodox synagogue movement

NEW YORK (JTA)-At the end of March, the National Council of Young Israel, an Orthodox synagogue association, will hold a gala dinner hosted by Pete Hegseth, the co-host of "Fox & Friends." The...

 

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