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  • Jewish Trump voters are ready for their party to get started

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Everyone said their guy was going to lose. Three-quarters of their fellow American Jews voted for the other candidate. But now, Jewish Trump voters are triumphant. “I was elated,” said Jeff Bookman, 65, a jewelry seller from the heavily Jewish Cleveland suburb of Beachwood. Less than a month ago, Bookman told…

  • From ADL to ZOA: Two events showcase diverging Jewish rhetoric under Trump

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Thirty years ago, it would have been safe to say the American Jewish community agreed on the need to fight for Israel and against anti-Semitism. It may still be true that most American Jews support those causes. But now, apparently, some people aren’t so sure what either of those things mean….

  • Stephen Bannon a no-show at Zionist Organization of America dinner

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Stephen Bannon, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, did not attend a dinner hosted by the Zionist Organization of America, which had publicized his intention to attend. The ZOA had publicized that Bannon would attend the Sunday evening dinner in New York, which was attended by politicians from Israel and the United…

  • Liberal Jewish groups to Trump: Condemn anti-Semitism, back two-state solution, dump Bannon

    (JTA) — A dozen liberal Jewish organizations signed a letter criticizing key policy proposals of President-elect Donald Trump, and demanding that he rescind the appointment of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. The letter, published Friday, calls on Trump to disavow campaign pledges regarding the expulsion of undocumented immigrants and a ban on Muslim immigration, and…

  • Modern Orthodox rabbis’ letter to Trump focuses on Israel

    (JTA) – The Rabbinical Council of America called on the incoming president to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and not to impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the United Nations. In a message appearing Wednesday as a full-page advertisement in The New York Times, the centrist Orthodox rabbinical organization congratulated President-elect Donald Trump on his victory…

  • Abraham Foxman withdraws from ZOA dinner, calling it ‘politicized’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Abraham Foxman, the former longtime national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he will not be attending a Zionist Organization of America dinner because the event has been “politicized.” Foxman had planned to attend Sunday’s dinner, which will feature a speech by Stephen Bannon, a senior adviser to Donald Trump whose…

  • ADL leader: US anti-Semitic public discourse worse than at any time since 1930s

    (JTA) — At the opening to the Anti-Defamation League’s conference on anti-Semitism, the organization’s national director said anti-Jewish public and political discourse in America is worse than at any point since the 1930s. Jonathan Greenblatt, speaking Thursday at the opening of the ADL’s “Never Is Now” summit in New York, said currents on both the far…

  • Jewish Federations on Bannon: ‘Trump needs to be given an opportunity to lead’

      UPDATE: Federation movement says it erred in sharing comment on Bannon petition (JTA) — Responding to a petition calling on it to denounce Stephen Bannon, the Jewish Federations of North America told JTA “Trump needs to be given an opportunity to lead.” JFNA’s statement Thursday morning did not mention Bannon by name. But it was…

  • 169 House lawmakers sign on to Jewish rep’s letter seeking Bannon dismissal

    (JTA) — A Jewish lawmaker’s letter asking that the White House appointment of Stephen Bannon be rescinded has received nearly unanimous support from his Jewish colleagues in the House of Representatives. Some 169 House members, all Democrats, have signed on to the letter launched Wednesday in the House by Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., with all…

  • Twitter suspends some alt-right accounts

    (JTA) — Twitter has suspended the accounts of several members of the alt-right, a loose movement of the far right with some followers who traffic variously in white nationalism, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Semitism and a disdain for “political correctness.” A few of the accounts were associated with Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who runs a Washington…