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 By Oren Peleg    News    October 12, 2018 

UCLA students speak out against upcoming National Students for Justice in Palestine conference

(JNS)-Tens of thousands of students returned to the Westwood campus of University of California, Los Angeles, on Sept. 27 for the first day of classes. However, third-year student Justin Feldman, 20,...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    October 12, 2018 

Report highlights anti-Semitic tactics used by SJP members amid BDS debate at GW

(JNS)—Pro-Israel students at George Washington University have faced a number of challenges from both the BDS movement and anti-Israel groups in recent years. In 2017, the school successfully defeated a BDS resolution; however, last April a new...

 

IAC expands to four new regions ahead of conference

HOLLYWOOD, FL.—The Israeli-American Council announced the opening of four new regional offices throughout the country: Orlando, Florida; Austin, Texas; Orange County, California, and IAC Midwest (based in Columbus, Ohio). Through its 20 chapters...

 

34 Senate Democrats urge Trump to restore aid to the Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Two-thirds of Democrats in the Senate and a third of the entire body signed a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reinstate assistance to the Palestinians, saying the cuts risk exacerbating tensions in the region....

 

Watchdog group calls on Trump to deny US entry to Abbas

(JNS)—The Trump administration has come under pressure to deny Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas entry into the United States for next week’s annual U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a group that...

 

Michigan professor defends denying student's letter of recommendation to study in Israel

(JNS)-A University of Michigan professor who denied a student a letter of recommendation for a semester-long study-abroad program in Israel is standing by his decision, citing his support for the BDS...

 

UCLA's tango with hate and anti-Semitism

(JNS)—Students for Justice in Palestine will host its annual national conference in November at the University of California, Los Angeles. Despite the notoriously anti-Semitic rhetoric used by this group, UCLA will be directly facilitating the...

 
 By Maya Mirsky    News    September 28, 2018

The Jewish founder of a college program for inmates eyes his own release from prison

SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)-A Jewish inmate serving life in prison without parole took a step toward freedom Aug. 21 and credited the local Jewish newspaper for...

 

Chabad helped in wake of Florence

(Chabad.org/News via JNS)-For the last 11 years, the Lieblich family of Wilmington, N.C., have always held Rosh Hashanah services on both days of the holiday. This year, for the first time ever, they...

 

Tufts students say 'Colonizing Palestine' class demonizes Israel

MEDFORD, Mass. (JTA)—Pro-Israel students at Tufts University say a new course on Palestine is one-sided and demonizes Israel, and violates the university’s own policies on taking political stances. The course, taught by Thomas Abowd, a faculty...

 

A weekend of Israel and leadership for teens at Emory University

The Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel invite Jewish 10th- and 11th-graders to apply to attend the Teen Israel Leadership Institute...

 

One dead, 17 sick from salmonella in Empire Kosher chicken

Salmonella in Empire Kosher chicken has led to one death and 17 illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control said. Eight people have been hospitalized. The outbreak of the food-borne infection in the leading kosher chicken seller has shown up in...

 

Grandson of terrorist poised to win congressional seat

(JNS)-With the indictment of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, a grandson of a Black September terrorist who killed 11 members of the Israeli athletic team at the 1972 Munich...

 

Newton residents sue school board

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS—On Aug. 9, 2018, the community group Education Without Indoctrination filed a lawsuit against the School Committee of Newton, Massachusetts, in Massachusetts Superior Court on behalf of three Newton taxpayers. The lawsuit...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 31, 2018

An avowed one-stater is about to be elected to Congress-is this the future of the Democratic Party?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Rashida Tlaib, the Democratic nominee in a surefire congressional district comprising parts of Detroit, believes in a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and says...

 

How Judaism and a yearlong trip around the country inspired a run for office

(JTA)-Dafna Michaelson Jenet traces her political career back to conversations around the Shabbat table as a 14-year-old. She remembers hearing her parents and their friends discuss the challenges...

 
 By Charles Dunst    News    August 31, 2018

Progressives have a new definition of racism: prejudice plus power-what does that mean for Jews?

NEW YORK (JTA)—Are Jews too powerful to be considered “victims” of racism? Some progressives think so and have been downplaying accusations of anti-Semitism in light of a debate over prejudice and power. This week, The New York Times took heat...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 17, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez cheered

NEW YORK (JTA)-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progressive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish...

 

Netflix won't run Louis Farrakhan documentary, citing 'internal miscommunication

(JNS)-A documentary featuring the notorious Louis Farrakhan will not be available to Netflix customers next month after all, with the media streaming giant citing an "internal miscommunication."...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 10, 2018

In Tennessee primary, the Trump-backed Jewish incumbent beats a challenger who ran on Christian values

WASHINGTON (JTA)—David Kustoff, running for re-election in Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District, had three things in his favor: incumbency, a solid Republican district and President Donald Trump’s endorsement. Kustoff was not taking anything...

 
 By Hannah Jannol    News    August 10, 2018

California forest fire forces evacuation of Jewish camp

SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)—Campers and staffers were evacuated from Camp Tawonga in Northern California on Tuesday morning due to potentially harmful smoke from backfires set by firefighters battling the...

 

Michael Jeser named CEO of San Diego Federation

SAN DIEGO-The Jewish Federation of San Diego County (Federation) has named Michael Jeser as its new CEO. On Aug. 27, Jeser will succeed Michael Sonduck, who retired in June after his 12-year...

 
 By Curt Schleier    News    August 3, 2018

An all-female Orthodox ambulance corps gets a film of their own

(JTA)-Like many heavily Orthodox sections of Brooklyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an all-male volunteer ambulance corps called Hatzalah. The corps caters to a religious Jewish...

 
 By Charles Dunst    News    July 27, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizes Israel for 'the occupation of Palestine'

NEW YORK (JTA)—Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decried the “occupation of Palestine” during a television interview. Appearing July 13 on PBS’s “Firing Line,” Ocasio-Cortez, 28, also described herself as “a...

 

Kosher agency says it can no longer vouch for Starbucks stores

(JTA)-Kosher observers who pick up their coffee at Starbucks may need to look elsewhere for their caffeine fix. A kosher-certifying agency said it can no longer vouch for the kashrut of many...

 

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