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 By Ben Sales    News    May 21, 2021

Here's what American Jews think about Israel

(JTA) — On Tuesday, Israel found itself fighting what may be another war in Gaza. And American Jews are watching.  Israel and Hamas, the militant group that governs the Gaza Strip, have already traded hundreds of airstrikes and missiles since...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 21, 2021

Young American Jews are increasingly Orthodox or unaffiliated

(JNS) Young American Jews are moving in two very distinct directions—towards Orthodox or little Jewish engagement. That was one of the major findings from “Jewish Americans in 2020,” a new study by the Pew Research Center. This is the second...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 21, 2021

In a sign of greater willingness to criticize Israel, Democrats blame both Israel and Hamas for current conflict

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Last year, when AIPAC wanted a Democrat to sponsor the pro-Israel lobby’s signature legislative effort, it turned to one of its most reliable partners in the Senate, Chris Coons of Delaware. Coons contributed to a result the...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 21, 2021

If current Mideast violence a test, some experts say Biden is failing

(JNS) — The Biden administration has come under withering criticism in the United States and Israel for its poor handling of the current situation in the Middle East. On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price failed to mention Hama...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 14, 2021

A Democratic pro-Israel group calls Jewish leader an enabler

(JTA) — Tensions among Jewish groups allied with the Biden administration blew into the open this week when a Democratic pro-Israel group briefly called a longtime Jewish leader an enabler of antisemitism — a sign of how potent a debate over a...

 

In Seattle, a Jewish school turned mosque is bringing Jews and Muslims together

By Emily Alhadeff (The Cholent via JTA) - Nearly 100 years after Seattle's first Jewish school opened, an effort is underway to restore its crumbling building - as a multi-faith center that can unite...

 

AJC releases latest edition of most common antisemitic terms and expressions

(JNS) — The American Jewish Committee released on Tuesday an updated and expanded edition of Translate Hate, the group’s widely used glossary of common antisemitic terms and tropes. According to AJC, the date of the 2021 edition’s release...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 14, 2021

Despite COVID restrictions, antisemitism barely decreased in US in 2020

(JTA) — Despite COVID-related restrictions that kept Americans inside for significant portions of last year, the number of reported antisemitic incidents barely decreased in the United States in 2020, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The nu...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

GOP senators to Blinken: UNRWA has outlived its mandate

(JNS) — Saying that the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees has outlived its mandate, a group of Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent a letter last week to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 7, 2021

Jewish groups welcomed Biden's designation of an Armenian genocide

WASHINGTON (JTA) — One Wednesday in October 2007, seven Jewish lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee did something extraordinary: They ignored the pleas of the Jewish establishment. Jewish politicos were often happy to advance the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

ADL calls on Oregon university president to resign over firing of Jewish professor who alleged antisemitism

(JTA) — Criticism is mounting over the firing of a Jewish professor who accused his Oregon university’s leadership of making antisemitic comments, with the local branch of the Anti-Defamation League joining calls for the president of the school...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

California Department of Ed official linked to antisemitic beliefs gets reinstated

(JNS) — An official in California’s Department of Education accused of promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories about the Holocaust and the Sept. 11 terror attacks has recently been reinstated, reported The Sacramento Bee. California state...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 7, 2021

Elie Wiesel's bust will be in the National Cathedral

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Washington's National Cathedral, known for its role during presidential inaugurations and other days of national import, is honoring Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Laureate and Holocaust memoirist with a bust, making him the first...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

Baptist-affiliated Oregon university fires Jewish tenured professor who alleged antisemitism

(JTA) — Linfield University, a small school in Oregon, has fired a Jewish professor who accused the university president of making antisemitic remarks. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a tenured professor who taught English literature, has accused Linfield...

 

Jewish groups react to guilty verdict for Chauvin, saying 'justice has been served'

(JNS) — Jewish groups reacted to the verdict on Tuesday of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, touched off massive...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 23, 2021

Why did Tucker Carlson talk about Israeli immigration policy?

(JTA) — In Tucker Carlson’s response to accusations that he endorsed one white supremacist talking point, the Fox News anchor appeared to echo another — this time about Israel.   Last week, the popular right-wing talk show host said there...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 23, 2021

Antony Blinken in Holocaust Day speech recalls past State Department obstruction of bids to save Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations are by their nature calls for accountability for atrocities past and present. Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, used the occasion to take his own department to task for its negl...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    April 23, 2021

NY Times' Bret Stephens is editing a new Jewish journal, starting with an issue on 'Jews and social justice'

(JTA) - New York Times opinion columnist Bret Stephens has taken on a side gig as the editor of a new limited-run journal of essays about Jewish issues. The journal, titled Sapir, is an initiative of...

 

20th annual CIE Israel Educator (Virtual) Workshop set for June 13-17

The Center for Israel Education and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel will be presenting their 20th annual Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel from June 13 to 17. Topics to be...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 16, 2021

Biden removes Trump-era sanctions on Court

(JTA) — The Biden administration removed sanctions that President Donald Trump had imposed on International Criminal Court officials while continuing to decry the ICC’s work targeting U.S. and Israeli personnel. “These decisions reflect our...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 16, 2021

Names being talked about to be the US anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nancy Kaufman, the former CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, said this week that she had been in touch with the Biden administration about becoming this country’s newly empowered anti-Semitism monitor. Kaufman...

 

AOC meets with top NYC Jewish group for first time

(JTA) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sat down for a public interview with a top New York City Jewish group, ending what some had considered a snub of Jewish leadership since the progressive New York Democrat’s election in 2019. In her April 1...

 

'Field of Flags' memorial at University of Rhode Island

(JNS) - Hillel at the University of Rhode Island has created its annual "Field of Flags" memorial in honor of  Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins on Wednesday night. The...

 

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...

 

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