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  • University of Maryland professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

    (JTA) — Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance. Landa didn’t know that her mentor, John O’Flahavan, would then stop taking her calls. Or that O’Flahavan would soon dismiss her from…

  • This US preschool is so Israeli it may as well be Tel Aviv

    (JTA) – It’s the most picturesque of American scenes: a single-family home on a cul de sac in a suburb of the nation’s capital, a small American flag stuck in a wooden gate that leads to a backyard with a deck. An orange SUV is parked in the driveway. But walk through the door and…

  • US campuses are becoming more Israel friendly

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Anti-Israel activism on college campuses across the country has declined, according to a new report by a campus pro-Israel organization. The report by the Israel on Campus Coalition published Monday shows that there were nearly three times as many total pro-Israel events on campus as anti-Israel events during the past school…

  • How Houston’s synagogues are handling the High Holidays after Harvey

    (JTA) — A few weeks ago, Holly Davies was getting ready to homeschool her kids and preparing the family for the High Holidays. When Hurricane Harvey hit, she helped evacuate 150 people from her neighborhood by airboat and shelter nearly 100 people in a local church. Then came the hard part. For the past three…

  • Israeli Consulate in NY evacuated after death threat against Netanyahu

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Israeli Consulate in New York City was evacuated after receiving a threatening letter. The consulate’s spokeswoman, Almog Elijis, confirmed that the building was evacuated Friday due to a threatening package and that the situation was under control, but did not provide further details. The Jerusalem Post reported, based on a…

  • Mayim Bialik, Michael Douglas join Jewish leaders’ call for religious freedom in Israel

    (JTA) — Dozens of rabbis and community leaders across Judaism’s religious spectrum signed a statement calling for sweeping reforms to Israel’s official religious establishment and its policies. The statement, which was published Friday morning, was written by Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, founder of the Israeli religious pluralism nonprofit Hiddush, and Orthodox Rabbi Marc Angel, the…

  • There are now Christian mezuzahs

    (JTA) — It’s affixed upon the doorpost. It’s wooden, thin and rectangular, but with rounded corners. It’s meant to fulfill a biblical commandment. And it bears a verse from the Gospel of John about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’s right: It’s a Christian mezuzah. Karen Goode calls her creation the Doorpost Blessing, and it…

  • This isn’t just a retirement home — it’s a place for St. Louis Jewish seniors to gather

    (JTA) — A doctor, a lawyer, a banker and a therapist set up an office together. It sounds like something out of “Old Jews Telling Jokes.” More like a Pioneering Option for Aging Jews. The shared premises are at the heart of the plan for Covenant Place, a renovated Jewish independent living community for senior…

  • White supremacist group launches campus recruitment effort, says ADL

    (JTA) — A group that took part in the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is embarking on a yearlong recruitment campaign on college campuses, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Identity Evropa, a group founded last year that seeks to promote “white American culture,” is engaging in a campaign called “Project Siege,” which involves…

  • Hug a chicken and 4 other twists on traditional High Holidays rituals

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Picture services for the High Holidays: What likely comes to mind is a roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant. Baking pizza? Embracing a chicken under a tree? Not so much. But those are some of the things that…