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 By Marcy Oster    News    February 1, 2019

On day of Women's March, Sarsour rejects Farrakhan's anti-Semitism and defends BDS

(JTA)—Linda Sarsour defended the legality of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her speech on stage in Washington D.C. at the third Women’s March. Her critique of anti-BDS laws came hours after rejecting the...

 

How a Jewish brother and sister are making political history

(JTA)-Only days after being sworn into the Illinois House of Representatives on Sunday, Rabbi Yehiel Kalish paid a visit to Israel. The father of six said he needed guidance from rabbis in the Jewish...

 

Jewish pros, cons regarding Barr

(JNS)-U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to become attorney general has elicited mixed reviews from Jewish groups. William Barr, who served in the same role under the late President George H.W. Bush,...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Groups leave national Women's March

(JTA)—The Southern Poverty Law Center and a major Reform synagogue in New York have disassociated themselves from this year’s Women’s March. Top leaders of the main organization have been accused of engaging in or condoning anti-Semitism, of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 25, 2019

Five Jewish things to know about Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, is reportedly set to announce her bid for the Democratic presidential nod. Harris, 54, is a progressive on most issues who draws...

 

Activist who said Israel is a 'terrorist entity' attends Tlaib swearing-in, private dinner

(JNS)-Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) met with Abbas Hamideh, a Palestinian activist who has said that Israel is a "terrorist entity," over the weekend. "I was honored to be at Congresswoman @Ra...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 25, 2019

Tamika Mallory fails to condemn Farrakhan

(JTA)—In a tense exchange on “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain confronted Tamika Mallory about her support of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader known for his history of virulent anti-Semitic comments. Mallory’s response is sure to...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

A Jewish cafe owner in San Francisco deals with weekly protests over his 'Zionist ideals'

(JTA)—Manny Yekutiel opened his eponymous Manny’s in November, calling the Middle Eastern cafe and restaurant in downtown San Francisco a “civic social gathering space.” His goal for the Mission District eatery was “to create a central,...

 

Leading Senate Democrats seek to block pro-Israel bill

(JNS)—Senate Democrats are reportedly seeking to block pro-Israel legislation introduced last week that Republican leadership is scheduled for Tuesday. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) each tweeted...

 

Jewish employees affected by the government shutdown are getting some help from this organization

(JTA)—Jewish federal employees who are struggling with expenses due to the government shutdown can now find some relief. The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington approved an emergency program last week to provide loans of up to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 18, 2019

Sanders lambasts introduction of anti-BDS bill as 'absurd'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Bernie Sanders said it was "absurd" for Republicans to introduce as the Senate's first bill of this Congress a measure that would protect states that penalize Israel boycotters....

 

New Jersey shul wins $2.5 million in landmark religious-discrimination case

(JNS)-It shouldn't take 10 years to get permission to build a synagogue, but it did in Clifton, N.J. Finally, after a mediation overseen by the state's former attorney general, a community in Clifton...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 11, 2019

Steelers donate $70,000

(JTA)-The Pittsburgh Steelers' Stronger Than Hate campaign inspired the city and the world to rally around the Jewish community in the wake of the shooting attack on a local synagogue building that...

 

Jewish groups criticize Georgia Democrat for comparing Trump to Hitler

(JNS)-Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compared U.S. President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler this week during a sermon he delivered at Atlanta's Friendship Baptist Church. "The Jewish people know a thing...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 11, 2019

Lawmakers reintroduce pro-Israel legislation

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., reintroduced pro-Israel legislation that did not get passed in the last Congress. Rubio, together with Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, on Thursday, the first day of the new Congress, combined a number of Middle...

 
 By Ron Kaplan    News    January 11, 2019

Jewish slugger Kevin Youkilis on Hall of Fame ballot

(JTA)-What is more difficult to fathom: that former Jewish Major Leaguer Kevin Youkilis has been retired for five years or that his name appears on the current Hall of Fame ballot? "Youk" made his...

 

Alfred Bader, Milwaukee philanthropist and art collector, dies at 94

(JTA)-Alfred Bader, a refugee who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna as a young teen in 1938, and later became a chemist, businessman, philanthropist for Jewish and other causes, and an influential art...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 4, 2019

Patriots star Julian Edelman wears cleats with Hebrew on them to honor Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

(JTA)—New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wore special cleats in honor of the victims of the shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 28, 2018

Mattis leaves, argument on the Middle East explodes into the open

WASHINGTON (JTA)—James Mattis is quitting as defense secretary and his extraordinary resignation letter has brought into the open an argument among conservatives on whether to cut and run in the Middle East or whether to stay with no clear...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    December 28, 2018

ACLU sues Texas over anti-boycott law meant to protect Israel

(JTA)—The American Civil Liberties Union announced that it is suing the state of Texas over a 2017 law prohibiting government contractors from engaging in boycotts of Israel, which is says is an unwarranted violation of Americans’ right to free...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 28, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is descended from Sephardic Jews

(JTA)—Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced at a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition. Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat, broke the news to a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 28, 2018

A lot of the bread in the US will no longer be kosher

By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)-The largest baking company in the United States will be removing kosher certification from nearly all of its bread and rolls. Bimbo Bakeries USA confirmed to JTA that it...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 21, 2018

Toledo man arrested for planning deadly attack on area synagogue

(JTA)—A Toledo, Ohio-area man was arrested for planning an attack on a local synagogue. Damon Joseph, of Holland, Ohio, was charged in federal court in Toledo on Monday with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He told an undercover FBI...

 

Facing anti-Semitism at her California school, this Jewish teen takes matters into her own hands

When Michaela Weinstein first encountered racist and anti-Semitic slurs at her California high school, she felt sick to her stomach.  Students at Albany High School, in the San Francisco Bay Area, we...

 

Newly elected progressive Democrat Angie Craig promises 'strong' support for Israel, denounces BDS

(JNS)-Angie Craig, 46, is a health-care executive who unseated incumbent Republican Rep. Jason Lewis on Nov. 6 and became the first LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Minnesota. JNS talked with...

 

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