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 News    April 9, 2021 

Facing recall, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has Jewish caucus in his corner

(J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) - Calling California Gov. Gavin Newsom a "friend and ally" to the Jewish community, members of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus spoke out...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 2, 2021

California approves ethnic studies curriculum that sparked debate among Jewish groups

(JTA) — After years of contention and revisions, California’s State Board of Education approved a curriculum meant to guide the state’s schools in teaching ethnic studies, an effort that sparked waves of criticism from Jewish groups. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 2, 2021

Doug Emhoff hosts the White House's first online Passover seder

(JTA) — There was virtual wine spilled and nostalgia for gefilte fish, as well as a serious message to consider the role of women in the bible. Doug Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’s Jewish husband, hosted the White House’s first-ever...

 
 By Amanda Gordon    News    April 2, 2021

A New York lox company has boomed during the pandemic - by selling smoked salmon from England

(JTA) — Every Sunday growing up in northwest London, Simon Joseph would arrive home after playing football (American soccer) with friends and feast on toasted bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. It was a beloved ritual, one of the only...

 

JNF-USA Breakfast for Israel: Fauda Style

Stars of the binge-worthy Israeli Netflix hit series Fauda will be joining Jewish National Fund-USA, the Orlando community and thousands of supporters across the country for the organization's annual...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 26, 2021

After Atlanta massacre, Jewish groups rally on behalf of Asian Americans

(JTA) - Jewish groups are rallying in support of Asian Americans following a string of murders Tuesday at massage parlors in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asians. Police in...

 

StandWithUs statement on approval Model Curriculum

StandWithUs is disappointed that California’s K-12 Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum was approved without the reasonable changes called for by so many people across the state. The State Board of Education voted for the final version unanimously,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 19, 2021

Results of Orthodox Jews COVID-19 study last year are in

(JTA) — One year after COVID-19 first walloped Jewish communities in the United States, a scientific study has confirmed something that many in the communities have long believed: gatherings during the week of Purim served as super-spreader...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 19, 2021

Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Some five years after being snubbed for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland is the new U.S. attorney general. In a 70-30 vote Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed...

 

BBYO and Moishe House partner to elevate opportunities for young

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With collaboration continuing to play a critical role in delivering impact across synergistic organizations, BBYO and Moishe House are partnering to learn from and leverage their similar operating models to better reach and...

 

Yeshiva high school students have a binge-drinking problem

(JTA) — Purim is perhaps the happiest Jewish holiday of the year. It can also be distressing, as adults and young people use the spirit of relative abandon to indulge in binge drinking and other irresponsible behaviors. Make no mistake: Substance...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    March 12, 2021

NBC under fire for portrayal of Orthodox Jews

(JTA) — Jewish groups are criticizing NBC for airing an offensive portrayal of an Orthodox Jew on one of its medical dramas. The objectionable storyline occurred on an episode of “Nurses,” a Canadian hour-long drama following a group of nurses...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 12, 2021

This Montana rabbi cites Jewish law in the State Legislature

(JTA) - When Ed Stafman was designing the signs he hoped his supporters would plant on their lawns, he debated between two: "Elect Rabbi Ed" or "Elect Ed Stafman." He settled on the version with his...

 

Following 'incessant anti-Semitic harassment,' Tufts student calls on university to intervene

(JNS) — A Jewish student at Tufts University who claims that he has been the subject months-long campaign of anti-Semitic intimidation, harassment and discrimination is calling on the university to intervene. Max Price, a junior who is a member of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 5, 2021

School board member in Massachusetts used anti-Semitic slur on live TV

(JTA) — A school board member in Lowell, Massachusetts, called a former school district leader a “kike” on live television, spurring calls for his resignation. Bob Hoey should step down from the Lowell School Committee, the mayor of the Boston...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    March 5, 2021

Texas Jewish communities mobilize to get food, medicine to those in need

(JNS) - On any given day, people coming into the Kosher Palate in Dallas do so know they are going to be spending money on groceries or prepared foods. This past week, however, hundreds of people...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 26, 2021

Biden: White supremacists are 'the most dangerous people' in America

(JTA) — President Joe Biden, saying domestic terrorism was the “greatest threat” in America and white supremacists are the “most dangerous people,” pledged to focus his Justice Department on the rise of white supremacy. Biden, in Milwaukee...

 

SNL's anti-Semitic skit panned and called out by Jews and Christians

(Jerusalem Israel) — Gilda Radner is doing flips in her grave. If she were alive, the former star of Saturday Night Live (SNL) who died in 1989, would be crying, but not from laughter.   Radner is one of many young comedians who got their start...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 26, 2021

Israel policy set to play a role in Ohio special congressional race

(JTA) — The Democratic Majority for Israel political action committee has made an endorsement in a special congressional election in Ohio, a sign of how Israel tensions within the Democratic Party have not abated since the party’s sweeping wins...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    February 26, 2021

A need for disability advocacy

When Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1963, he performed while seated - a consequence of the polio that left him unable to walk without leg braces or crutches...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 26, 2021

Nikki Haley broke with Trump - it could make her a Jewish GOP favorite in 2024

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Nikki Haley has finally and decisively broken with Donald Trump in a move that puts her at the front of the potential Republican presidential pack for moderate conservatives,...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    February 26, 2021

Arizona Jewish Post shuts down after 75 years

(JTA) - The Arizona Jewish Post, a 75-year-old community publication covering the Jewish population of Tucson and southern Arizona, announced it would cease operations effective March 1. The Jewish...

 

On the NYC mayoral campaign trail, Andrew Yang hints at hands-off approach to yeshiva education

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang waded into the debate over the push for secular education at yeshivas, affirming "parental choice" and saying there is a...

 

Jewish Future Pledge launches partnerships with 12 federations

United States — Today, the Jewish Future Pledge and The Jewish Federations of North America announced their first cohort of local Jewish Federations for a two-year pilot program to proliferate a culture of legacy giving in communities across North...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 19, 2021

Supreme Court rejects appeal by Holocaust heirs

(JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected an appeal by Holocaust survivors and their heirs who wanted to pursue restitution claims in the United States after failing in the countries where the art was stolen. The opinion published...

 

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