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'Day of Rage' held across US

On Wednesday, July 1, the day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought to a cabinet vote the extension of Israeli sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, demonstrations by Pro-Palestinian and BDS groups against the “annexation,” as they call...

 
 By Gabriel Greschler    News    July 3, 2020

Jewish teens help successful effort to abolish Oakland's school police force

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The school board in Oakland, California, has unanimously voted to abolish the district’s police force in the wake of the nationwide protests against police brutality — with some urging by...

 

Republican Jewish Coalition launches $50,000 ad buy

(JNS) — The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $50,000 ad buy in battleground states on Sunday, pushing out a video celebrating how the U.S.-Israel relationship has strengthened under U.S. President Donald Trump. The eight-minute documentary,...

 
 By Gabe Stutman    News    July 3, 2020

More Bay Area JCCs slash budgets and lay off staff

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The bad news for Jewish community centers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis continues: One in Palo Alto has laid off about 20 percent of its staff and cut its budget by a third, while one...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 3, 2020

Department of Justice letter argues that Bill de Blasio is being unfairly strict with social distancing for Orthodox Jews

(JTA) - A top Justice Department official sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week that claims the mayor has enforced uneven social distancing rules that "favor certain secular...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 3, 2020

As his feud with Trump erupts, John Bolton goes from pro-Israel hero to 'John who?'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In 2015, the Zionist Organization of America gave John Bolton a standing ovation when he said he wanted to be U.S. president. In 2018, the ZOA gave him its Defender of Israel Award. This week, Bolton is about as far away from...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 26, 2020

House Dems push new letter aimed at unifying the party behind a message to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) - House Democrats have put together a letter that they hope will unite their entire caucus in warning Israel against annexation of part of the West Bank. The letter, now circulating...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 26, 2020

Jewish Democratic Council says it won't back Ilhan Omar, mum on endorsing her primary opponent

(JNS) - The Jewish Democratic Council of America has affirmed that it will not support Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in her upcoming primary, but did not provide a endorsement to her chief primary opponen...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 26, 2020

ADL and NAACP call on companies to stop running Facebook ads in July

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League, along with the NAACP and other civil rights groups, is calling on corporations not to advertise on Facebook in July because of the social media platform’s unwillingness to police hate speech.  The campaign,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    June 26, 2020

Orthodox lawmakers escalate battle against COVID-19 closures

(JTA) — They protested the mayor’s decision to keep the parks closed on Sunday. By Monday, they vowed to cut the chains of the park gates themselves if Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t accede to their requests. In a tweet Monday evening, New York St...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 26, 2020

RJC not backing GOP candidate in gun ad

(JNS) — The Republican Jewish Coalition announced on Tuesday that it will not endorse or support a candidate in a safely Republican district in Georgia who is leading in fundraising, as she has trafficked in conspiracy theories and posed for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 26, 2020

Full text of the letter from House Democrats warning Israel about annexation of the West Bank

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Four Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives — Jan Schakowsky, Ted Deutch, David E. Price, and Bradley S. Schneider — are circulating a letter among their colleagues that would warn Israel of the perils of annexation....

 

BLM: Renounce anti-Semitism

A leading Evangelical Christian leader has spoken out publicly against the Black Lives Matter movement’s anti-Semitic manifesto and silence after synagogues and churches were attacked and defaced during their protests last week. “All true...

 

ZOA Repeats: We Condemn the Horrific Killing of George Floyd

The Zionist Organization of America reiterates that, as ZOA President Morton Klein previously tweeted, we condemn and deeply mourn the despicable, horrific murder of George Floyd. ZOA moreover reiterates Klein’s call strongly urging that the...

 

Federal judge denies Madoff compassionate release

(JNS) — A federal judge has denied Bernie Madoff’s request for compassionate release from prison in which the disgraced financier claimed to be terminally ill and likely to die in the next 18 months. Madoff, 82, has served 10 years of a 150-year...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 19, 2020

800 rabbis and cantors support peaceful protest against racism

(JTA) — More than 800 rabbis and cantors, including the leaders of three major denominations, signed a statement in support of peaceful protest against racism and in memory of George Floyd. The statement invoked Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, an...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2020

At a time of racial strife, liberal groups file complaints about ZOA

WASHINGTON (JTA) - As many Jewish organizations across the United States sent out statements decrying racism over the past week, the head of the Zionist Organization of America took a different...

 

Bright Futures Scholarship for key high-tech industries

The Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University has created the Bright Futures Scholarship Initiative for students seeking master’s degrees in science and technology in industries that are redefining the modern economy and high...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 12, 2020

Grassroots effort to make 'Never Again' resound in classrooms across America

(JNS) - Amid the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Never Again Education Act into law as part of Jewish American Heritage Month, one month a...

 

AIPAC cancels 2021 policy conference

(JNS) — The annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., has been canceled for 2021 due to issues concerning the coronavirus, announced the pro-Israel lobby’s president, Betsy Berns Korn, in a mass email on Sunday. “On behalf of the...

 

A spectacular JNF fundraiser - answer the call

ORLANDO, FL — As Jewish National Fund-USA continues to support Israel’s immediate needs in response to the global health pandemic, the organization is preparing to phone thousands of supporters in Northern Florida as part of its June 14...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 12, 2020

Jewish, pro-Israel groups express outrage over death of George Floyd, concern about rioting

(JNS) — Jewish and pro-Israel organizations have expressed outrage over the death of African-American George Floyd, 46, who died on May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis police. Police officer Derek Chauvin put his left knee on Floyd’s neck for...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 12, 2020

Is George Soros funding George Floyd protests?

(JTA) — Right-wing conspiracy theorists are increasingly claiming that George Soros is funding recent protests and riots across the United States in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. According to the Anti-Defamation League, “aggressive l...

 

Tending wounds and distributing supplies: Minneapolis Jews care for a city in turmoil

(JTA) - Dr. Vivian Fischer spent five hours Saturday walking toward Minneapolis's devastation from her home in a suburb immediately outside the city. The family physician put on gray scrubs, her...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 5, 2020

Trump signs into law the Never Again Education Act

(JNS) — U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Never Again Education Act, which seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States, into law on Thursday. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation in January, while the U.S....

 

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