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 News    March 27, 2020 

BBYO introduces 'Jewish Netflix'

(WASHINGTON, DC & WORLDWIDE)—BBYO has introduced a brand-new, first-of-its-kind virtual experience for Jewish youth, akin to an interactive “Jewish Netflix” for teens to access unique online experiences and programs. As “social distancing...

 
 By Simone Somekh    News    March 27, 2020 

What American Jews can learn from my Italian Jewish community's response to the coronavirus

By Simone Somekh NEW YORK (JTA)—The Italian people’s first reaction to the coronavirus was to have a good laugh. Not because they didn’t believe the virus was a real issue, but because that’s just how we like to process big changes in my home...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 27, 2020 

Trump and Netanyahu have handled the coronavirus outbreak in totally different ways

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have much in common when it comes to policy and style. They stand together in recommending tough action to contain Iran, and are comfortable dealing with autocracies (Saudi...

 
 News    March 27, 2020 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Work to secure Western Wall stones in egalitarian area completed By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—Work to secure stones in the egalitarian section of the Western Wall has been completed. The work came after a 400-pound stone dislodged from...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    March 20, 2020

US State Department changes name of eastern Jerusalem Palestinians in annual report

(JNS)—The U.S. State Department has changed its official description of Palestinians living in eastern Jerusalem from “Palestinian residents” to “Arab residents” or “non-Israeli citizens” in the department’s annual...

 

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Netanyahu plans to mobilize students to disinfect public areas By Ben Harris (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he plans to enlist schoolchildren to help disinfect public areas from the coronavirus. “This virus is...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    March 13, 2020

The latest Jewish coronavirus updates: El Al downsizes, services move online and more

NEW YORK (JTA)—The spread of COVID-19, a new coronavirus, is reshaping Jewish communities. We’re collecting the news flowing in from across the globe here. (If you want to skip the minute-by-minute updates and just understand the broad ways that...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 13, 2020

Syrian Muslim donated a tree in Israel for an Italian boy

(JTA)—Aboud Dandachi isn’t Jewish. Or Israeli. Or Italian. Or sick with coronavirus. He’s a Muslim from Syria living in Canada. But when he read the Jewish Telegraphic Agency story about an Italian boy whose bar mitzvah was curtailed because...

 

March of the Living 2020 postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak

(Tel Aviv)-March of the Living organization's leaders announced today, that owing to the spread of coronavirus, especially in Europe and the United States, this year's March of the Living in Poland...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 13, 2020

At another Spanish carnival, dancers equate Jews and Nazis alongside train and Auschwitz floats

(JTA)-A second carnival in Spain has referenced the Holocaust with Nazi and concentration camp prisoner uniform costumes. The theme was "the same." The Holocaust-themed display at the Feb. 23 event...

 

Adviser to Iranian leader Khamenei dies of coronavirus

(JNS)—A member of the advisory council for Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei died of coronavirus on Monday, reported Iranian state radio. Iranian Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi is the first top official in the Islamic Republic to...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

‘Judge Judy’ to end after 25th season, but Judy will be on a new bench By Marcy Oster (JTA)—“Judge Judy” will stop banging her gavel after 25 years on the TV bench—but she won’t stop meting out justice. Judy Sheindlin, the Jewish judge...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    March 13, 2020

Hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews gather in Vienna for unique festival despite anxiety

VIENNA-Few events feature both wiener schnitzel and kosher wine, songs from the classic Yiddish "Bey Mir Bist du Scheyn" to the bluesy "Georgia On My Mind," and uplifting Shabbat services and debates...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

The first ‘Harry Potter’ book is now available in Yiddish By Gabe Friedman (JTA)—As of today, the first book in the Harry Potter series is available in Yiddish. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”—or “Harry Potter and the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 6, 2020

US Jewish group sends delegation to Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK (JTA)—A delegation of members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations visited Saudi Arabia last week, a first for the umbrella body for U.S. Jews, and a move believed to be the first official visit to the...

 

Free large print Haggadahs available for the visually impaired

The Jewish Braille Institute Library provides individuals who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped or reading disabled with books, magazines and special publications of Jewish and general interest in audio, large print and Braille...

 

Israeli device to help coronavirus patients nears market in China

(ISRAEL21c)-A device developed in Israel that might significantly ease the treatment of coronavirus victims suffering from pneumonia and also reduce the danger of contagion to health care providers...

 

Yiddish Book Center shortlisted for The London Book Fair

AMHERST, MA—The Yiddish Book Center announced that it has been shortlisted for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2020 for The Literary Translation Initiative Award. The awards, held in partnership with the UK Publishers...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers taken in by Hamas social media scheme featuring fake young women By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—The cellphones of hundreds of Israeli soldiers have been compromised in a Hamas intelligence-gathering scheme that featured...

 

UN council issues blacklist of 112 companies tied to Israeli firms in Judea and Samaria

The United Nations Human Rights Council has released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. In a report issued on Wednesday, the council said that the activities of these companies “rais...

 

Report shows improvement in Saudi textbooks

(JNS)—The first full review of the Saudi curriculum in more than a decade shows that while improvements have been made, extremist content still exists. For example, Jews are blamed as assassins, described as monkeys, and will be fought and killed...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Independent Jewish day school in Connecticut to close, cites finances and enrollment By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Carmel Academy, an independent Jewish day school in Greenwich, Connecticut, will close at the end of this school term, citing the “current...

 

Lebanon poses acute threat to Israel with Hezbollah, Iran controlling its government

(JNS)-The last several months have not been good for Lebanon, as it's been wracked by economic and political instability. Protesters upset over years of government mismanagement, sectarianism and...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 14, 2020

Magen David Adom sends protective gear to Chabad in China

(JNS)-A shipment of medical supplies from Magen David Adom in Israel were delivered on Monday morning to Chabad in China to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. At the request of Chabad,...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    February 14, 2020

Chabad on Campus emissaries train at Yad Vashem to be Holocaust educators

(JNS)-Some 30 campus Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries concluded an eight-day training program at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, learning cutting-edge, relevant and effective tools that will allow them to teach...

 

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