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  • Anti-Semitic city council candidate says more anti-Semitic things

    (JTA) — Thomas Lopez-Pierre says he’s not an anti-Semite. He just believes a cabal of “greedy Jewish landlords” is conspiring, funded by money from Israel, to conduct “ethnic cleansing” of black and Latino residents from Harlem. He believes the Jewish media are covering it up. And if his rhetoric makes Jews upset? “Too bad,” he…

  • Jewish refugee aid group criticizes Trump’s hotline on undocumented criminals

    (JTA) — A new government program to aid victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants unfairly singles out minorities, says a Jewish refugee aid group. HIAS, which runs refugee resettlement programs, criticized the new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, or VOICE, which was created Wednesday. VOICE, which will be run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will…

  • This Sunday school teaches Jewish kids Yiddish — and socialism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish Sunday school teacher, a black accordion strapped to her shoulders, stands before a photo of a 1927 Jewish protest in Warsaw and introduces her students to an important holiday observed by their ancestors. It isn’t Passover, which has just ended, but another that is approaching in a couple weeks:…

  • Jews with most education are least religious, study finds

    NEW YORK (JTA) — American Jews with the highest level of education are the least religious, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center study on religiosity and education in the United States published Wednesday found that the more years of schooling American Jews have, the less religious they are. Most Jews who have…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents in US surging in ’17, rose by a third in ’16

    (JTA) – Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. There has been a massive increase in harassment of American Jews, largely since November, and at least 34 incidents linked to the presidential election…

  • UN secretary-general: Denial of Israel’s right to exist is ‘modern form of anti-Semitism’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism and called the denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. Speaking Sunday night at the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary Assembly in New York, Guterres said he could not control all expressions of bias against Israel…

  • Trump mourns Jewish Holocaust victims, vows to fight anti-Semitism in speech to Jewish group

    NEW YORK (JTA) – President Donald Trump paid extended tribute to the memory of the Holocaust and to Israel in a speech to the World Jewish Congress. Speaking via prerecorded video at the opening dinner of the WJC’s Plenary Assembly in New York City on Sunday night, Trump’s remarks honed close to Jewish communal talking points….

  • This young chef is trying to make Ashkenazi food cool

    CHICAGO (JTA) — The platter, served during Passover, contained a green, a bitter herb, an egg and matzah. But it was no seder plate. Instead, it was the appetizer served during a six-course prix fixe meal at Aviv, a pop-up, kosher-for-Passover restaurant housed for one night at Rodfei Zedek, a Conservative synagogue in the Hyde…

  • Trump adviser with alleged far-right Hungarian ties to speak at Jerusalem Post conference

    (JTA) — Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to President Donald Trump accused of belonging to a far-right Hungarian nationalist group, will speak at a conference organized by The Jerusalem Post. On Thursday, The Jerusalem Post announced that Gorka, a former right-wing nationalist politician in Hungary, would be speaking at its annual conference on May 7 in New…

  • 4 things to know about Bret Stephens, the latest Jewish New York Times columnist

    NEW YORK (JTA) — At first glance, The New York Times’ hiring of another white, Jewish male opinion-page columnist is anything but news. But the arrival of Bret Stephens, formerly the foreign affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, may be especially resonant for American Jews. Stephens, 43, is the former editor of The Jerusalem…