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 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 15, 2021

Federations spend $54M on security

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a campaign to expand its security program to every federation in the country, an initiative that will cost $54 million. JFNA CEO Eric Fingerhut announced the initiative on...

 
 By Jake Kaufman    News    October 15, 2021

Ohio Jewish teen gets beer bottle thrown at her, is target of antisemitic rhetoric

(Cleveland Jewish News via JNS) — Someone in a vehicle reportedly threw a beer bottle at a 13-year-old Fuchs Mizrachi School student in an Orthodox neighborhood in University Heights, Ohio, and screamed, “F******g Jews, you’re f*****g idiots,...

 

Online portal for students to report antisemitic incidents

(JNS) — Hillel International has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League and the Secure Community Network to launch an online portal where college students can report anti-Semitic incidents on their campus and receive immediate support. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 15, 2021

Rand Paul obstructs quick vote on Iron Dome funding

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul blocked an expedited vote to approve $1 billion in funding to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system and received swift criticism from an array of pro-Israel groups. Sen. Robert Menendez, the...

 
 By Adam Reinherz    News    October 15, 2021

After tweaking rituals during the pandemic, a Jewish burial society in Pittsburgh has made amends

PITTSBURGH (Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle via JTA) - Tahara, the act of washing and purifying the deceased, is paramount to Jewish burial. So when the pandemic descended on the United States in March...

 

These Jewish NYC schoolteachers want a religious exemption from the city's vaccine mandate

(JTA) — When Rivka Taub Rivera decided to apply for a religious exemption to New York City’s vaccine mandate for teachers, she didn’t turn to the rabbis of Borough Park, the Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn where she lives. Instead, she asked...

 
 By Howard Blas    News    October 15, 2021

For NBA's Deni Avdija, year two means easing back from injuries and into game mode

(JNS) Basketball player Deni Avdija was the talk of the town in Israeli and Jewish circles last season. The 19-year-old Israeli was drafted No. 9 in the first round of the NBA draft by the Washington...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 8, 2021

SCN tracks threats to Jews

(JNS) - A state-of-the-art security command center was unveiled this week by the Secure Community Network to ensure that the Jewish community is prepared in the event of any violence or threats....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Kamala Harris 'strongly disagrees' with student who said Israel was carrying out ethnic genocide

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Vice President Kamala Harris "strongly disagrees" with a university student who told her that Israel was carrying out "ethnic genocide," her office said, pushing back against...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

GOP flier in Virginia House race shows Jewish Democrat and a pile of gold coins

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A GOP flier distributed to homes in the Virginia suburbs of Washington depicts the Jewish Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates at a table stacked high with gold coins, a pairing of images of Jewish candidates with...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Ocasio-Cortez: 'Yes, I wept'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive congresswoman from New York, said she changed her vote from “no” to “present” on a bill for special funding for Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome defense system because of the ...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Seattle City Council won't bar police from training with Israeli forces

(JTA) — In a contentious meeting last week, the Seattle City Council narrowly voted down legislation that would have prohibited the city’s police department from conducting training with Israeli forces. The bill, which was defeated by a vote of...

 

Jewish groups urge public funding for private schools ahead of Supreme Court case

(JNS) — Several Jewish groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a case that could determine whether public funding could be given to parochial schools for secular education. In Carson V. Makin, parents of parochial-school...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 1, 2021

House approves Iron Dome funding

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved an extra $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system, following a pushback effort from Israel-critical progressives that had limited reach. The...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Los Angeles teachers union votes to postpone Israel boycott motion indefinitely

(JTA) — Los Angeles’ main teachers union voted Thursday to indefinitely postpone a motion in favor of boycotting Israel. For months, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, which has approximately 30,000 members, has been debating a motion to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Survey of Jewish fraternity and sorority finds most respondents experienced antisemitism on campus

(JTA) — A survey of members of AEPi and AEPhi, the most prominent national Jewish fraternity and sorority, found that large numbers of respondents have experienced antisemitism on campus. The survey also found that about half of respondents have...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Poway shooter pleads guilty to 113 hate crimes charges

(JTA) — The man who opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, California in 2019, killing one and injuring three, has pleaded guilty to a 113-count federal hate crime indictment. The guilty plea comes with a recommended sentence of life in prison plus...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    October 1, 2021

BDS resolution to be withdrawn as sponsor cites concerns about antisemitism

(JTA) — The sponsor of a bill that would have made Burlington, Vermont, the first city in America to divest from Israel is withdrawing his legislation, citing concerns that it would promote antisemitism.  Councilmember Ali Dieng, who sponsored the...

 
 By Gabe Stutman    News    October 1, 2021

California lawmakers require ethnic studies

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The California Legislature last week passed a bill requiring ethnic studies for all California public school students, as Jewish lawmakers and activists continued to disagree on the merits...

 
 By Nathan Lewin    News    October 1, 2021

The court decision that is a clear and present danger to America's Jews

(JNS) — Try painting a swastika on the wall of a synagogue, and you’ll be arrested and charged with vandalism and probably serve jail time for a hate crime. But a federal appellate court has just gone out of its way to grant constitutional...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

Muslims and Jews join in Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional letter backed by Muslim and Jewish groups is urging the federal government to make kosher and halal meat available to observant Jews and Muslims through an emergency food program. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y.,...

 

Kosher restaurants fear losing customers over NYC vaccine mandate

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that beginning Sept. 13, restaurants would have to ask customers for proof that they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order for them to...

 

Meet, greet & eat (and shop!)

Meet Greet & Eat...Dillard's Altamonte Springs is partnering with the Jewish Pavilion (a non-profit that enhances the lives of our elders) by offering a networking breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 14...

 

Effort to recall California's governor fails, but scrutiny on Dianne Feinstein could be lasting effect

(JTA) — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom easily survived a recall election last Tuesday, putting to end the possibility that a right-wing Republican could take over as the state’s top executive. But one effect of the bruising political fig...

 

At least 150 sex abuse lawsuits filed against NY Jewish institutions under Child Victims Act

(JTA) - At least 150 child sex abuse lawsuits were filed against Jewish institutions in New York over the past two years under a special law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations barring...

 

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