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 By Philissa Cramer    News    August 5, 2022 

AIPAC giving major force in Michigan House primary that could end Jewish Democratic political dynasty

(JTA) — The Democratic primary next week in Michigan’s 11th District could end a four-decade Jewish political dynasty — and spending by the country’s biggest pro-Israel lobby is playing a significant role. Because of redistricting, the race...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 5, 2022 

Kentucky GOP group blames hacker for calling new US firearms regulator part of a 'Jewish junta'

(JTA) - When Steve Dettelbach was confirmed last week as the director of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he became the beleaguered bureau's first head to pass a...

 
 By Jackie Hajdenberg    News    August 5, 2022 

BA.5 is pummeling Jewish summer camps, sickening campers and canceling visiting days

(JTA) - So many campers were sick with COVID-19 last week at Ramah New England that its director, Rabbi Ed Gelb, put out a call to families: Would any nurses be willing to come to camp for a few days...

 

A California university renames library previously named after a Nazi sympathizer

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to remove the name of an unrepentant antisemite and Nazi sympathizer from the main library on its Fresno campus, putting an...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    August 5, 2022 

Jewish pitcher Eric Reyzelman drafted by the New York Yankees

(JTA) — Eric Reyzelman is in a New York state of mind. The New York Yankees selected the Jewish Louisiana State University pitcher 160th overall in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball...

 

BA.5 is pummeling Jewish summer camps, sickening campers and canceling visiting days

(JTA) — So many campers were sick with COVID-19 last week at Ramah New England that its director, Rabbi Ed Gelb, put out a call to families: Would any nurses be willing to come to camp for a few days to help? “We have a large and capable nursing...

 
 By Batya Jerenberg    News    July 15, 2022

In Highland Park shooting, Jewish toddler saved by former Orlando resident

Kevin and Irina McCarthy were at an Independence Day parade in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Highland Park with their two-year-old son Aiden when a gunman opened fire on the crowd. Kevin died as...

 

Anti-Israel lawmaker loudly booed by her own community

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has made demonizing Israel a central component of her platform since emerging on the scene in 2012, when she tweeted that the Jewish state “hypnotized the world” with its “evil doings.” Understandably, the...

 

Jewish Harvard student slams student newspaper's endorsement of BDS

Says Jewish students are ‘targets’ and ‘dismissed’ when they see ‘the writing on the wall.’ (JNS) — Two months after The Harvard Crimson’s editorial staff endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a Jewish Harvard...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    July 15, 2022

New York jeweler reports precious Torah stolen at Venetian hotel in Las Vegas

(New York Jewish Week) - A family Torah belonging to a New York City jeweler was reported stolen at the Venetian Resort hotel in Las Vegas last month.  Jack Abraham, who has run a jewelry business...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

'After Shabbat, we will act': American Jews gear up for wave of post-Roe activism

WASHINGTON (JTA) - An array of Jewish groups across the country are kickstarting into action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    July 8, 2022

Vladimir Zelenko, Orthodox doctor who promoted COVID-19 treatment, dies at 48

(JTA) - Vladimir Zelenko, the doctor from an Orthodox enclave near New York City who rose to fame early in the COVID-19 pandemic for promoting a drug cocktail, has died of cancer at 48. The...

 

Group to fight anti-Zionism

(JNS) — More than 80 scholars of Jewish and Israel studies have joined together to form an initiative to combat on-campus anti-Zionism: The Jewish Studies Zionist Network. The organization is the brainchild of Jarrod Tanny, an associate professor...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

Supreme Court decision on coach's prayer throws doubt on a 30-year-old victory for a Jewish family

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Seattle-area football coach who lost his job after leading prayers on the field following his team’s victories, in a decision that could have ramifications for Jews in public schools and th...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

Leading Orthodox groups cheered the end of Roe v. Wade - Orthodox women not so much

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pam Scheininger and J. David Bleich have this much in common: They are Orthodox Jews who are preoccupied with Jewish ethics and teach at New York City law schools. But when Scheininger looks at an American map, she sees 16...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Nick Fuentes, white nationalist with GOP ties, says 'Jews stood in the way' of Roe v. Wade's end

(JTA) — In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist leader and influential figure among the rightmost flank of the Republican Party, told his followers that “Jews stood in the way” of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 1, 2022

Supreme Court ruling in Maine school case could lead to broad public funding of religious schools

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Maine parents seeking funding to send their children to religious schools, a development that a dissenting Jewish justice, Stephen Breyer, suggested could open the door to broad public...

 

The Supreme Court just made sure religious institutions won't be left out of government funding

(JTA) — On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision prohibiting government from excluding religion and religious institutions from government funding programs.  This decision in Carson v. Makin follows on the heels of two other high...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    July 1, 2022

Bill de Blasio seeks forgiveness in bid for Orthodox votes in Borough Park

(New York Jewish Week) — Seeking the endorsement of Borough Park Orthodox leaders in his run for Congress, former mayor Bill de Blasio apologized for a 2020 tweet berating Jews for large gatherings held during the pandemic.  In a video of...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 1, 2022

Julie Platt takes reigns of JFNA Board of Trustees

(JNS) — There was little time for a period of transition for Julie Platt. But with her experience, there was little need for one. Announced in February as the incoming chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees, Platt was...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    June 24, 2022

NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom brings Holocaust education to Muslim school

(New York Jewish Week) - At the Brooklyn Amity School, a majority-Muslim private school in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, high school students are taking part in a new Holocaust education initiative with...

 

Yeshiva University acquires Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive

(JNS) — Yeshiva University in New York is the latest academic institution to acquire the unabridged version of the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, a collection of audiovisual interviews comprising 54,000 eyewitness testimonies of...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 24, 2022

Head of campus pro-Israel group loses primary in Nevada

(JTA) – David Brog has overseen pro-Israel organizations with significant Republican backing for more than two decades, but his own attempt to make inroads for himself as a GOP candidate fell short Tuesday in Nevada. Brog lost his Republican...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    June 24, 2022

Doug Emhoff spoke to a Holocaust survivor - and his AI 'twin'

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - When Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff sat down for a Zoom conversation with Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter on Wednesday, he opened by saying, "I feel like I already know you!"...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 17, 2022

Map is a guide to antisemitism

(JTA) - A Jewish arts group. A Jewish high school. A Jewish newspaper. A synagogue network. A major Jewish philanthropy that directs funds to mental health, homelessness prevention and refugee...

 

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