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 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 17, 2022

Massachusetts Democrats condemn pro-Palestinian project mapping Boston Jewish groups

(JTA) — Massachusetts’ two Democratic Senators have joined at least four Democrats in Congress, including one vocal critic of Israel, in speaking out against a Boston pro-Palestinian activist group’s initiative mapping “local institutional su...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 17, 2022

Lawmakers launch bipartisan push for defense arrangement

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan slate of lawmakers launched a bill that would establish an “integrated air and missile defense capability” joining the United States, Israel and Arab countries in a bid to deter Iran. Senate and House members of...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    June 10, 2022

SF Giants' Jewish manager is skipping national anthem

(JTA) — In the summer of 2020, Gabe Kapler, then in his first season as manager of the San Francisco Giants, joined figures across sports in taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Now, two years later, Kapler has...

 

New super PAC aims at electing pro-Israel Black Democrats

(JTA) - A new super PAC led by "Black and Jewish" leaders has endorsed five Black Democrats who have positions that are friendly to AIPAC, the latest sign that pro-Israel donors are determined to...

 

An interfaith coalition erased medical debts for over 2,000 people in the Chicago area, inspired by an ancient Jewish custom

(JTA) — More than half of bankruptcies in the United States are connected to medical debt. For some families in the Chicago area, however, that debt is being erased in accordance with the Jewish law of shmita, the sabbatical year. The Torah’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2022

Minnesota GOP apologizes for Soros video

(JTA) — The Minnesota Republican Party apologized for screening a video that depicted liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros as a puppet master controlling two Jewish Democrats, saying that those responsible were not aware that the imagery had...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 3, 2022

Jewish groups have failed to stop Arizona from offering a gas chamber as an execution method

(JTA) – An unusual scenario played out in Arizona recently: The son of a Jewish woman who fled the Nazis was asked if he wanted to be executed by the same gas the Nazis once used. Frank Atwood, who was convicted of murdering an 8-year-old girl in...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 20, 2022

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to appointment of new press secretary

(JNS) - American Jewish organizations are divided in their reception of the new White House press secretary who has a history of taking anti-Israel positions. U.S. President Joe Biden nominated...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 20, 2022

Take antisemitism seriously

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Antisemitism is often not taken seriously until it becomes deadly, said Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar whose nomination to be the State Department's antisemitism monitor...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 20, 2022

Larry Summers, Alan Dershowitz and over 100 Harvard faculty and alumni denounce student paper's Israel boycott endorsement

(JTA) – The Harvard Crimson’s recent endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has attracted far more wide-ranging attention than a typical student paper’s editorial page, as faculty and alumni of the Ivy League institution...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    May 20, 2022

Fallout from Holocaust museum snub of Florida's governor results in some funds removed

(JNS) — Two leading Jewish conservatives blasted New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on May 6, claiming that museum staff told them they could not hold an event there if Fl...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    May 13, 2022

What do Jews say about abortion?

(JTA) — The Jewish Telegraphic Agency and our partner sites at 70 Faces Media have answered the question many times over the years, a testament to its persistence in political life and its significance to American Jews: What do Jews believe about...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 13, 2022

Antisemitic harassment reported at Rutgers Jewish fraternity

(JTA) — A historically Jewish fraternity at Rutgers University has been the target of multiple cases of antisemitic harassment this week, prompting the school to announce it would be increasing security on campus. Authorities said the...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 13, 2022

Larry Summers, Alan Dershowitz and over 100 Harvard faculty and alumni denounce student paper's Israel boycott endorsement

(JTA) – The Harvard Crimson’s recent endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has attracted far more wide-ranging attention than a typical student paper’s editorial page, as faculty and alumni of the Ivy League institution...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 13, 2022

Karine Jean-Pierre to be next White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden named as his next press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, a former official of the activist MoveOn group who endorsed its call on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the annual AIPAC conference....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 6, 2022

Reading names of the murdered

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Several dozen members of Congress joined Holocaust survivors to mark Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust remembrance day marked by Jewish communities worldwide, by reading out the names of the dead and hearing testimony in the Capitol...

 

Birthright prepares for wave of college students

(JNS) — About 14,000 Birthright Israel participants from nearly 900 universities and colleges in North America are expected to land in Israel in the coming months as part of Birthright’s summer season. The flights, which begin on May 1, mark...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 29, 2022

Jewish approval of Biden drops from 80 to 63 percent

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The good news for Joe Biden is that a majority of U.S. Jews approve of the job he is doing. The bad news is that the number in a new poll, 63 percent, is a sharp double-digit drop from where he was last year. A poll released...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 29, 2022

Wine from a West Bank settlement was served at this year's White House seder

(JTA) - Wine from a West Bank settlement was on the menu at this year's White House Passover seder on Friday hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Dough Emhoff. But a...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    April 22, 2022

Boston is getting a Holocaust museum

(JTA) - A new Boston-based foundation dedicated to Holocaust memory plans to build the city's first Holocaust museum. The Holocaust Legacy Foundation, which couple Jody Kipnis and Todd Ruderman founde...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 22, 2022

US Postal Service honors Jewish poet Shel Silverstein with 'The Giving Tree' stamps

(JTA) - The United States Postal Service released a new series of Forever stamps Friday in honor of Shel Silverstein, the Jewish author and illustrator who died in 1999. The stamps commemorate what...

 
 By Rachel Jager    News    April 22, 2022

Uncovering the hidden story of the liberator and liberated

It has been 77 years since World War II ended, yet the world will never forget the six million Jews and countless other victims who were murdered during the Holocaust.  While Jan. 27, the...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    April 15, 2022

New Mexico's Jewish community fears 'implosion' as lawsuits allege harassment and mismanagement

(JTA) – With his livelihood on the line, Rob Lennick texted the wrong Deborah. The CEO of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, Lennick sent a message asking for support of an extension to his contract. He was also asking for a $30,000 forgivable...

 
 By Julia Gergely    News    April 15, 2022

This Yiddish book center in Queens lives on, just like the language it celebrates

(New York Jewish Week) - In a rickety warehouse in Long Island City, reached only by a footbridge that crosses underneath the Long Island Expressway, some 80,000 Yiddish books are stacked on shelves...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 8, 2022

Senate unanimously confirms Lipstadt

WASHINGTON (JTA) - The Senate in a voice vote unanimously confirmed Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar who endured delays and a contentious hearing in her nomination to be antisemitism monitor....

 

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