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 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 14, 2020 

Elizabeth Warren says she will skip the AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Elizabeth Warren indicated she would skip the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC's conference next month and did not push back against questionable assertions about the lobby from a...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    February 14, 2020 

Amid chaos, UC Berkeley student government delays vote against terrorist display

(JNS)-The student government at the University of California, Berkeley, erupted into chaos on Monday, delaying a vote on a measure to censure a display by a pro-Palestinian student group. The Associat...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 7, 2020

A.G. Barr meets with Jewish leaders

NEW YORK (JTA)—In a meeting Tuesday with Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, U.S. Attorney General William Barr pledged to track and prosecute hate crimes more aggressively on the federal level while also blaming the rise of anti-Semitism on what...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 7, 2020

What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about Trump's Middle East peace plan

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Democrats running for president have hewed to the party line in criticizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan rolled out by President Donald Trump: Unilateral annexation of settlements is the wrong way to go. The tone was...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 7, 2020

Obama's team has a new home with Warren

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Much of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign narrative subtly casts her as the anti-Obama, the potential president who will not broker sweetheart deals for big business. That was the subtext—actually it was the overt...

 

Jewish security group issues guidelines for synagogues on arms, hired guards

(JNS)—As synagogues nationwide debate whether to have armed individuals in their building to prevent possible terror attacks, the Secure Community Network has issued new research and scenarios on who might carry arms in a congregation—from...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 31, 2020

Bloomberg: I opposed the Iran deal, but the way Trump left it was wrong

WASHINGTON (JTA)—We ran a story last week on where the top seven Democrats running for president stood on Iran policy. Try as we could, we could not pin down a position for Mike Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was not included in the last...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 31, 2020

Survey: most American adults don't know 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust

(JTA)—Half of American adults are unaware of basic facts regarding Nazism and the Holocaust, including the number of Jews who were killed and how Nazis came to power. Those are some of the findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center released...

 

Bipartisan resolution to be introduced marking 75th year of liberation of Auschwitz

(JNS)—A bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives will be introduced on Monday, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. It will be introduced by Reps. Lee Zeldin...

 

In final debate before Iowa Caucus, Democratic candidates slam Trump's policy on Iran

(JNS)-In the seventh and final Democratic debate before the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 3, hosted on Tuesday by CNN and The Des Moines Register at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the six candidates on...

 

Candidate Dalia al-Aqidi wants to unseat Omar

A Republican Muslim candidate is looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar in the upcoming U.S. elections. Dalia al-Aqidi, an award-winning international journalist and Muslim refugee, announced he...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 24, 2020

South Dakota governor signs executive order prohibiting Israel boycotts

(JTA)—South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. South Dakota is the 28th state to have enacted an anti-Israel boycott executive order or...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 24, 2020

NAACP suspends official

NEW YORK (JTA)-A local NAACP official in New Jersey has been suspended from his position for six months after giving a speech castigating Orthodox Jews in Jersey City and the largely Jewish city of...

 

Pro-Israel students at conference gain knowledge, confidence in combating hate on campus

(JNS)-Pro-Israel students from 30 university campuses across the United States and Canada gathered last week in New York City for a three-day conference to learn about defending Israel effectively,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 24, 2020

The Tell: Where the top 7 Democratic candidates stand on Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The post-debate analysis this week focused largely on the ongoing spat between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. While we hope they can sort that out soon, the debate featured something else more relevant to JTA readers:...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 17, 2020

More than 25,000 march against anti-Semitism in New York City

NEW YORK (JTA)-An estimated 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and held a rally on Sunday to protest rising anti-Semitism in and around New York City. The rally comes following a spate o...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 17, 2020

Monsey rabbi who survived stabbing attack gives invocation at New York State of the State address

NEW YORK (JTA)-Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, whose home was the site of a stabbing last month on the holiday of Chanukah, delivered an invocation at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 17, 2020

Bret Stephens under fire for NY Times column on Jewish intelligence

(JTA)—New York Times columnist Bret Stephens came under fire on social media for an op-ed in which he wrote that Ashkenazi Jews are more intelligent than other people and cited a paper by a researcher who promoted eugenics. The reference to the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 10, 2020

Bernie Sanders picks former Obama official as liaison to Jewish community

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Bernie Sanders campaign has named an insider in both the Jewish and Democratic establishments-entities that the presidential candidate has previously kept at a distance-as its...

 
 By Adi Eshman    News    January 10, 2020

NYC to combat anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-New York City will launch three initiatives aimed at combating anti-Semitic hate crimes. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement at a dramatic news conference Sunday afternoon at...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 10, 2020

Jewish groups and lawmakers laud legacy of John Lewis after he announces pancreatic cancer diagnosis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The black-Jewish coalition that has fought for civil rights since the 1960s has the city of Atlanta as its nexus. Folks there cite three reasons for this: a substantial...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 10, 2020

Schumer calls to quadruple funding for security grants

(JTA)—Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to fight for a quadrupling of funding for federal security grants for nonprofit organizations. It would raise the amount provided by the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $360 million annually...

 

New York Democrats condemn anti-Semitic attacks, but admit they're not sure why they are happening

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the wake of several attacks on Jews in the New York area in recent months, seven House Democrats representing districts of New York City held a news conference to emphasize that...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    January 10, 2020

Following anti-Semitic attack, Monsey's Jewish community will not be 'cowed' to change

(JNS)-Less than 24 hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi's home on Forshay Road in Monsey, N.Y., Jews gathered on the lawn to sing and dance as a Torah scroll was dedicated at a nearby...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    January 10, 2020

10 ways American Jewish life changed in the 2010s

NEW YORK (JTA)-All of the gloom and doom that many in the Jewish community have felt toward the end of this decade should not obscure the fact that the 2010s were full of innovation. Yes, there was...

 

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