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(JTA) — Ari Teman, a Jewish standup comic who once won a national contest seeking a “Jewish community hero” has united an array of Orthodox rabbis with leading standup comics in an appeal to President Trump to pardon him for bank fraud.
They warn that short-, medium- and long-range ballistic missiles could reach Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Sea, “Florida and parts of Georgia, Alabama and U.S. oil rigs” in the Gulf of Mexico.
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(JTA) — After weeks of closures, schools in parts of New York with relatively high COVID-19 rates, including several that are home to large Orthodox Jewish communities, will be allowed to reopen as part of a new testing plan announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday afternoon.
(JTA) — In the high-tech industry, Russian-speaking Jews have had a vastly outsized footprint.
(JTA) — Sen. David Perdue, the Georgia Republican, canceled a final debate with his rival, Jon Ossoff, after moments from the last debate went viral, including one in which Ossoff accused Perdue of “lengthening my nose in attack ads to remind everybody that I’m Jewish.”
(JTA) — An episode in which three visibly Jewish men were harassed with slurs during the aftermath of a racial justice protest in Philadelphia this week was instigated by an adherent of a fringe extremist movement connected to an anti-Semitic shooting last year.
In recent weeks, Facebook had moved to ban several pro-Trump groups that were mainly comprised of Russian American Jews. This raises questions over the role that social media companies play in the free exchange of ideas in the 21st-century.
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(JTA) — Before I met him, I saw Benjamin McDowell’s name in the news. Inspired by Dylan Roof, the notorious shooter responsible for the Charleston church massacre, he planned an attack on a synagogue that was thwarted by FBI agents.
More than 700 delegates and thousands of people from 35 countries, including Russia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom and France, participated in the online congress necessitated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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(JTA) — Ivanka Trump said in an interview that she is “unapologetically” pro-life, taking a side for the first time in the culture wars over abortion, an issue that Jewish law does not take a definite stand on.
Gathering in central Tel Aviv to honor the memory of the late prime minister and longtime statesman.
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(JTA) — The boy whose name came to denote a Supreme Court decision codifying executive control of foreign policy finally got his wish: a passport listing his birthplace as “Jerusalem, Israel.”
(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League slammed a conservative political action committee for calling prominent New York Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum an “anti-Semite.”
Demonstrations come after French President Emmanuel Macron said Islam is “a religion in crisis” and that there was a need for an “Islam of Enlightenment.”
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(JTA) — The leader of a white supremacist group has been arrested after trying to harass a podcaster — but accidentally targeting someone else instead.
It represents the government’s largest-ever such actions for fuel and weapons shipments from Iran, according to the Department of Justice.
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“We will continue to monitor whether this is an unusual incident or a new phenomenon,” said Aviad Scheinin at the University of Haifa.
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The Global Imams Council adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism, which includes demonization of Israel.
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AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch Jewish leader said it sends “the wrong message” to tell leading Protestant churches that their recent acknowledgement of Holocaust guilt is “unnecessary.”
“Yes, people have been expelled from the Labour party,” Keir Starmer said when asked about the possibility that his predecessor may be kicked out.
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A “propensity to conspiracy theory" makes opponents of vaccination more vulnerable to anti-Semitic ideas, the document states.
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"We're all feeling threatened,” the French city's chief rabbi said after three people were killed by a Tunisian man at an iconic church.
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The campus resolution also notes that Jews and Jewish institutions are the most targeted for religious-based hate crimes in the United States.
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The Islamic Republic is fearful of an Israeli presence on its northwest border, in addition to the presence of Turkish-backed Sunni operatives sent to help the Azeris, a former National Security Council member tells JNS.
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(JTA) — As executives at a foundation that celebrates Jewish achievement and contribution to the world, we have been privileged to meet some truly remarkable Jewish people of our time.
(JTA) — Over the last week, we’ve rolled out four stories about the 48 Jewish candidates running in congressional races: four Democrats running as challengers for Senate seats; 10 Republicans, including two incumbents and eight challengers; 23 Jewish Democratic incumbents [link] and 11 Jewis…
(JTA) — Most Jews disapprove of President Donald Trump and plan to vote against him. But for a segment of American Jewry, Trump has granted a growing list of long-held wishes.
(JTA) — Two Jewish Democrats are retiring from Congress this year, and one is being forced out after he lost his primary. But that leaves 23 incumbent Jewish Democrats seeking to hold onto their seats in next week’s election.
(JTA) — Stephen Miller, the senior adviser to Donald Trump, is reportedly preparing for a possible second Trump term by readying executive orders that would further curb immigration to the United States.
Binyomin Jacobs said he appreciates the "positive" gesture, but that it's unnecessary as children are not responsible for their parents' guilt.
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Former construction consulting executive David Richter is the Republican nominee who will face incumbent Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) on Nov. 3 in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
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Esshaki, whose father is a Chaldean Christian from Iraq, is facing off against Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Mich.) on Nov. 3 in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District.
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Businesswoman and Republican Genevieve Collins is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. Colin Allred in the U.S. House of Representatives race on Nov. 3 in Texas’s 32nd Congressional District.
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Hillel International and the Academic Engagement Network will partner to improve the climate for Jewish, Zionist and all students.
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It came after another tweet by Iran’s Supreme Leader in which he criticized France for allowing free speech that permits insulting the prophet Muhammad.
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(JTA) — A Dutch human resources firm has determined that a Palestinian man who twice vandalized a kosher restaurant and tried to set it ablaze had terrorist motives.
The council’s membership consists of more than 1,000 imams from all Islamic denominations and schools of thought, according to its website.
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