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 By Larry Yudelson    News    June 22, 2018

A NJ college professor shares conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic tropes-Is that protected speech?

TEANECK, N.J. (The Jewish Standard via JTA)-A sociology professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey in Wayne has been recorded on video espousing a series of anti-Semitic beliefs about...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

Supreme Court's cake shop ruling is good for the Jews

(JTA)-Seven Supreme Court justices sided with a Colorado baker in his legal fight with a gay couple. And seven major Jewish groups weighed in on the decision. Six of the Jewish groups disagreed with t...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 15, 2018

The Chabon speech

(JNS)-Author Michael Chabon ignited controversy in the Jewish world following his May 14 commencement speech at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles with students...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    June 15, 2018

Banned from marrying interfaith couples, Conservative rabbis are finding other ways to celebrate them

NEW YORK (JTA)-Emily Schorr Lesnick and Jamila Humphrie always knew that Judaism would play a part in the life they wanted to build together. But experiences with Conservative Jewish institutions had...

 

Who is an anti-Semite? Republicans and Democrats grapple with the question

(JTA)-Two congressional races have been beset in recent days with charges of anti-Semitism, and each case-in California and in Virginia-uncovers challenges for Jews in the Republican and Democratic...

 

Vikings owner Mark Wilf named chair of JFNA

(JTA)—Mark Wilf, a real estate developer and owner of the Minnesota Vikings football team, is expected to be named the incoming chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. Wilf has held numerous leadership positions, both nationally and...

 

Experiencing Shabbat in Crown Heights

A few weeks ago a group of 13 Central Floridians went to Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York, with Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky of The Chabad of North Orlando to experience Shabbat in the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 18, 2018

Some rabbis say it isn't kosher to borrow from Quicken Loans because it's run by Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you’re an Orthodox Jew with a mortgage from Quicken Loans, you might be in trouble. Agudath Israel of America, a major haredi Orthodox organization, issued a Jewish legal ruling last month prohibiting Jews from taking out loans...

 
 News    May 4, 2018

House passes bill to help Holocaust survivors

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to help Holocaust survivors and the families of victims obtain restitution or the return of Holocaust-era assets. The measure approved Tuesday requires the State...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 4, 2018

What it's like to support Israel at NYU

NEW YORK (JTA)-Though it was raining, students still gathered to celebrate Israel's Independence Day at New York University's downtown Manhattan campus. Passers-by mostly rushed by as organizers...

 
 By Barry Gelman    News    May 4, 2018

Hurricane Harvey destroyed our synagogue-here's how we're moving on

HOUSTON (JTA)-Over a four-day period at the end of August, Hurricane Harvey drenched this city with over 50 inches of rain, inflicting $125 billion in damages. The result of the flooding was...

 

Christians United for Israel announces new leaders

(JNS)—Christians United For Israel, one of the nation’s largest pro-Israel organizations, announced new leadership team on Monday as the group seeks to build on its success in strengthening Christian support for Israel in the last decade....

 

Brooklyn synagogue pulls its money out of Chase bank

NEW YORK (JTA)—Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is removing its savings from JPMorgan Chase, making it the first U.S. synagogue to publicly divest from a bank or other corporation “to explicitly oppose the...

 

S.C. 1st to define anti-Semitism laws

(JNS)—South Carolina became the first state to pass legislation to protect students from anti-Semitic acts. The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation, H3643, in a 37-4 vote on Thursday as part of a larger spending package. The bill...

 

Urgent action needed to help remaining Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK—The Blue Card, the only organization in the United States with the sole mission of providing ongoing support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs to indigent Holocaust survivors, is urging that at the same time we...

 
 By Jeff Rum    News    April 20, 2018

Houston, we've got your back!

(JNS)-As a child, I remember hearing the story of Noah in Hebrew school. In a class of 5-year-olds, we drew pictures of animals walking into the ark two-by-two in an orderly fashion. And I remember a...

 

Calls on Supreme Court to uphold Trump travel ban

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Zionist Organization of America has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of President Donald Trump’s most recent ban on travel from a number of predominately Muslim countries. The group, which has been an...

 

Trump honors Lubavitcher Rebbe

(JNS)—The White House published a proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump honoring the memory of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, stating that March 27 is recognized as “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” An event was...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 6, 2018

'We march today because it's what we have to do to sleep tonight'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The organizers of the March for Our Lives, almost all of them under 20, had a gun control agenda packed with specifics. They were able to get 800,000 people on and off of this city's...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 6, 2018

National Geographic's first Jewish editor in chief opens up about racism in the magazine's past

(JTA)-The editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine made waves when she admitted that the magazine's past coverage was tinged with racism. "For decades, our coverage was racist. To rise above...

 

Study on Jewish Day School students

Cedarhurst, NY—The Digital Citizenship Project, a Cedarhurst based organization dedicated to teaching digital responsibility in the age of technology has released their 2-year-long study (2015—2017) on the digital life of Jewish Day School...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    April 6, 2018

Why did anti-BDS bill fail in Massachusetts when it succeeded in other states?

(JNS) Legislation to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel has been adopted in more than 20 states in recent years, but it was derailed last month in Massachusetts. Pro-Israel activists are divided over the reasons why....

 

Spending bill includes big boost for Jewish groups seeking security money

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—An omnibus spending bill approved by Congress more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The $1.3 trillion bill approved Thursday includes $60 million...

 

Trump picks John Bolton, 'true friend of Israel,' as national security adviser

Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump announced the ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, to be replaced by former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White...

 
 By Amanda Koehn    News    March 23, 2018

National spotlight shines on Jewish judge in Ohio for role in battling opioids

(Cleveland Jewish News via JNS)-Judge Dan Aaron Polster of the Northern District of Ohio is presiding over a case involving more than 400 federal lawsuits brought by communities around the country...

 

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