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 By Faygie Holt    News    June 21, 2019 

Security has become a top priority at Jewish summer camps

(JNS)—In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

NYC closes tenth Jewish school

NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order. The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a hasidic school in the Williamsburg...

 
 By Lior Zaltzman    News    June 21, 2019 

Yiddish word kicked off Scripps Spelling Bee finals

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit” nearly stumped contestant No....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

An Orthodox rally in Brooklyn sees vaccines as a conspiracy

NEW YORK (JTA)—The weirdest part of an Orthodox anti-vaccine conference here was probably when the emcee, a rabbi wearing a black hat and white beard, quoted the Gospel of Luke. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” he cried,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta breaks from national Young Israel movement after political spat

(JTA) — A large Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta is breaking away from the Young Israel synagogue movement. The exit comes months after its rabbi protested the movement’s right-wing political positions. In a statement provided Wednesday afternoon to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

This Chicago synagogue is a home for non-Zionist Jews

CHICAGO (JTA)-If a pro-Israel activist were to conjure an image of an anti-Zionist synagogue, they'd probably come up with something like Tzedek Chicago. A congregation of 180 people that meets in a...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 14, 2019

Massachusetts pro-Israel groups condemn state Democratic lawmakers for joint CAIR event

(JNS)—A number of Massachusetts Jewish and pro-Israel groups are condemning several Democratic state lawmakers for participating in an Eid al-Fitr event at the Massachusetts State House that was co-hosted by the Massachusetts branch of the Council...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 14, 2019

13 Democratic candidates delivered videos to this Jewish conference-the different messages hint at what's to come

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee, naturally enough. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic candidates...

 

US Ambassador to Israel slams Obama Mideast policies

(JNS)—In a commencement speech on Thursday to Yeshiva University graduating students, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman slammed the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel compared to that of the current one. “Should Israel still nego...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 14, 2019

Illinois high school district in the spotlight for 'Teaching Palestine' course

(JNS)—An Illinois school district is under fire for a course offered to teachers titled “Teaching Palestine.” The Niles Township High School District 219 serves Lincolnwood and parts of Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie in Cook County, home to Chi...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 14, 2019

Chicago-area high school pulls support for teacher

CHICAGO (JTA)—A high school district with a large Jewish population has withdrawn its recommendation of an optional training opportunity for teachers called “Teaching Palestine” after local teachers, synagogues and national organizations...

 

Adviser for Sanders meets with PLO official

(JNS)—Hanan Ashrawi, longtime aide to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, met on Monday with Matthew Duss, the foreign-policy adviser for the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), according to a statement released by...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 7, 2019

Jewish lawyer representing clients at immigration court

(JTA)-Most of the year, Marty Rosenbluth lives alone in a small house in Lumpkin, a Georgia town with 2,000 residents and one restaurant. It's 500 miles away from his wife and community in North...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    May 31, 2019

Friedman fires back at New York Times

(JNS)-U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman fired back at The New York Times on Wednesday over an article castigating him for claiming that Israel was "on the side of God" while speaking about...

 

UCLA guest lecturer compares Zionists to white supremacists

(JNS)—A guest lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, last week labeled Zionists as white supremacists, reported Jewish Journal on Tuesday. A Jewish student in the class, Shayna Lavi, recalled to the Journal that San Francisco State...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    May 31, 2019

Fire at Chabad center investigated as possible hate crime

BOSTON (JTA)—A fire outside the suburban Boston home of a rabbi that serves as a Chabad center is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police in Arlington, Massachusetts, have asked for the public’s help in identifying a person caught on...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 31, 2019

Who are the Sacklers, the family at the center of the opioid crisis?

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the 1930s, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler both traveled to Scotland for medical school because, they said, American universities wouldn't admit them as Jews. Eighty years later,...

 
 By Ed Carroll    News    May 24, 2019

Fingerhut leaves Hillel for JFNA

CLEVELAND (Cleveland Jewish News via JTA)-Eric Fingerhut is leaving his position as president and CEO of Hillel International to take the same posts at the Jewish Federations of North America....

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    May 24, 2019

Backlash follows Michigan Rep. Tlaib's remarks

(JNS)—Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is standing by comments she made recently that include saying that Palestinians enabled a “safe haven” for Jews after the Holocaust, thereby reiterating her support for a one-state solution. “There’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

New Israeli Lounge at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named the winner of a redesign competition for its Israeli Lounge, a tribute to the U.S.-Israel relationship that Israel contributed...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

Anti-Zionist imam delivers opening prayers in the House

WASHINGTON (JTA)—An imam who has wished for the end of Zionism, called for a third Intifada and likened Israel to Nazi-era Germany, delivered the opening prayer for a session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Omar Suleiman, the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 17, 2019

'Chop off their heads,' children sing at a Muslim center's event in Philly

(JTA)—Children at a Muslim center in Philadelphia sing they will “chop off their heads”—an apparent reference to Jews—in a video uploaded by the center to Facebook. The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is investigating the April...

 
 By Gabrielle Birkner    News    May 10, 2019

Celebrating Shabbat in Poway, a week after the deadly shooting

POWAY, Calif. (JTA)-"Those who are standing can remain standing," Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein joked, a nod to the standing-room-only crowd that had packed Chabad of Poway for Friday night services. For...

 

Poway rabbi speaks at White House

(JNS)-The founding rabbi of Chabad of Poway in Southern California spoke at the White House on Thursday, less than a week after his synagogue was attacked, with one woman killed and three others...

 
 By Laura E. Adkins    News    May 10, 2019

A 15-year-old teen started the GoFundMe for Chabad of Poway

(JTA)—On the Shabbat morning of April 27, a 19-year-old with a gun killed Lori Gilbert-Kaye and injured several others at the Chabad of Poway outside of San Diego. But before the sun had set and observant Jews were able to see the news, another...

 

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