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  • Did Donald Trump and the Jews have a good week?

    (JTA) — Was this, at last, a good week for the Jews and President Donald Trump? Compared to the Trump administration’s initial few weeks, maybe. The president’s first month saw the White House omit Jews from a statement commemorating the Holocaust, then rebuke Jewish groups that criticized the statement and stay silent as waves of…

  • Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catholic and Presbyterian parents, while Jason grew up culturally Jewish. At first, it was simple to mark their different backgrounds. In December, the…

  • Reform movement’s challenge: Protesting Trump and remaining inclusive

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. They’ve protested at airports. And this week, some were arrested in front of a Trump hotel here. “If there are areas where…

  • With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible

    NEW YORK (JTA) — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or vowels, let alone translation. Its premier explanatory commentary, composed by the medieval sage Rashi, is usually printed in…

  • 19 rabbis arrested during protest at Trump hotel

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Nineteen rabbis were arrested at a protest of President Donald Trump’s refugee ban in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City. The rabbis, who had gathered as part of a conference hosted by T’ruah, a rabbinical human rights group, were arrested for obstructing traffic in front of the…

  • Did Expedia’s Super Bowl ad feature an Israeli West Bank roadblock?

    (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces may have made a brief appearance during Super Bowl LI. A 30-second ad by Expedia, the travel website, shows a montage of a woman traveling the world as she appears to age from a young girl to a middle-aged woman. At various stages of her life, she climbs a fence, traverses the Trans-Siberian railroad,…

  • Facing OU synagogue ban, Orthodox women clergy say they’ll keep working

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabba Ramie Smith of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, an Orthodox congregation, says she doesn’t have time to protest the Orthodox Union decision banning its synagogues from hiring women clergy like herself. This weekend, she’s busy organizing a Shabbat conference with Yachad, a group supporting Jews with disabilities. Then she has classes…

  • In defending Israel, new strategy calls for embracing critics and cheerleaders

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Oppose the settlements? You’re one of us. Believe Israel should control the West Bank indefinitely? Come right in. Criticize Israel’s Chief Rabbinate? Welcome home. Think Israel should privilege Orthodox Judaism? Sure, why not? That’s the approach advocated in a new strategic plan, released Thursday, to combat Israel’s delegitimization: Get more people…

  • JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came from inside the building. How do you catch the culprit? That’s the question the…

  • This is what a JCC bomb threat sounds like

    (JTA) — On Tuesday, for the third time this month, a string of Jewish community centers across the country received bomb threats. Many of the 17 JCCs that received the calls evacuated their facilities and contacted law enforcement, which is investigating the threats. JTA has obtained a recording of one of the bomb threats made…