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 By Ben Sales    News    July 12, 2019 

Shooter drills during services

(JTA)-When the ushers locked the door to the sanctuary, and the congregants prepared to flee the synagogue in preparation for a mass shooting, Rabbi Neil Cooper made sure it all happened before they...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 12, 2019 

FBI says: Run, hide, fight

(JNS)—Representatives of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other religious groups gathered together recently at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on security issues facing faith communities. The timing couldn’t be more apt, as...

 
 News    July 12, 2019 

Walmart, Amazon selling 'Mein Kampf' with neo-Nazi blurb

(JNS)—Walmart, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are among retailers selling an edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” featuring a neo-Nazi blurb and a price tag with numbers that reference white power. “This book has set a path toward a much...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    July 12, 2019 

Jewish activists bring downtown Boston to standstill over immigrant detention

BOSTON (JTA)-A group of some 1,000 Jewish activists and others brought rush hour traffic to a halt in downtown Boston to protest immigrant detention in the city and across the country. Tuesday's...

 

Israeli company wins US bid

(JNS)-Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced on Wednesday that its U.S. subsidiary has been awarded a $26 million contract by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to install a...

 

Ocasio-Cortez rejects Auschwitz tour with Holocaust survivor

(JNS)—U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) rejected an invitation on Sunday to tour Auschwitz with a Holocaust survivor. The organization From the Depths, whose president, 93-year-old Edward Mosberg, is a Holocaust survivor, invited her to s...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Gary Rosenblatt stepping down as editor and publisher

(JTA)-Gary Rosenblatt, the editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week for 26 years, is stepping down. Under his stewardship, the newspaper started Write On For Israel, an educational/advocacy pr...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    July 5, 2019

Rabbi suggests congregants bring guns to synagogue for protection

BOSTON (JTA)—A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the country. Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, a Boston...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 5, 2019

Arming synagogues? Jewish leaders grapple with balancing safety and accessibility

(JNS)-In the aftermath of two synagogue shootings exactly six months apart, in addition to arson incidents at Chabad Houses in Massachusetts and an attempted arson attempt at a Chicago synagogue last...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

US Holocaust Museum rejects all 'analogies between the Holocaust and other events'

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum reiterated a strong rejection of analogies to the Holocaust in the wake of the debate surrounding the term “concentration camps” sparked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The museum ...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez

(JNS)—Outrage from pro-Israel and Jewish groups is growing at U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her remarks on Monday on her Instagram account that the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” in...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    June 28, 2019

Boston museum pays $500K for rare Torah ornaments

BOSTON (JTA)-The Museum of Fine Arts bought two pairs of rare Torah finials, bidding $500,000 for the 17th-century German silver set. The set is considered among the earliest surviving examples of the ritual Torah ornaments. The final sale price...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

US to send additional 1,000 troops to Mideast in reaction to Iranian threats

(JNS)—The United States will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran, the Pentagon announced on Monday evening. “In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command for additional...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Department of Education to probe anti-Israel bias at North Carolina conference on Gaza

(JTA)—The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference on Gaza co-sponsored by two North Carolina universities over allegations that it had an anti-Israel bias. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., called on the department to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 28, 2019

Here's what Trump officials and supporters are saying to critics of his Iran policy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump says he is "very prepared" for Iran. "We're looking at Iran," he said Tuesday when a reporter asked him what he had planned beyond sending another 1,000 U.S. tr...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 21, 2019

Security has become a top priority at Jewish summer camps

(JNS)—In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

NYC closes tenth Jewish school

NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order. The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a hasidic school in the Williamsburg...

 
 By Lior Zaltzman    News    June 21, 2019

Yiddish word kicked off Scripps Spelling Bee finals

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit” nearly stumped contestant No....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

An Orthodox rally in Brooklyn sees vaccines as a conspiracy

NEW YORK (JTA)—The weirdest part of an Orthodox anti-vaccine conference here was probably when the emcee, a rabbi wearing a black hat and white beard, quoted the Gospel of Luke. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” he cried,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta breaks from national Young Israel movement after political spat

(JTA) — A large Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta is breaking away from the Young Israel synagogue movement. The exit comes months after its rabbi protested the movement’s right-wing political positions. In a statement provided Wednesday afternoon to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

This Chicago synagogue is a home for non-Zionist Jews

CHICAGO (JTA)-If a pro-Israel activist were to conjure an image of an anti-Zionist synagogue, they'd probably come up with something like Tzedek Chicago. A congregation of 180 people that meets in a...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    June 14, 2019

Massachusetts pro-Israel groups condemn state Democratic lawmakers for joint CAIR event

(JNS)—A number of Massachusetts Jewish and pro-Israel groups are condemning several Democratic state lawmakers for participating in an Eid al-Fitr event at the Massachusetts State House that was co-hosted by the Massachusetts branch of the Council...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 14, 2019

13 Democratic candidates delivered videos to this Jewish conference-the different messages hint at what's to come

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee, naturally enough. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic candidates...

 

US Ambassador to Israel slams Obama Mideast policies

(JNS)—In a commencement speech on Thursday to Yeshiva University graduating students, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman slammed the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel compared to that of the current one. “Should Israel still nego...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 14, 2019

Illinois high school district in the spotlight for 'Teaching Palestine' course

(JNS)—An Illinois school district is under fire for a course offered to teachers titled “Teaching Palestine.” The Niles Township High School District 219 serves Lincolnwood and parts of Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie in Cook County, home to Chi...

 

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