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  • Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly, the movement’s rabbis’ association, for performing interfaith weddings. An ordained Conservative rabbi for 44 years, Rosenbloom was expelled last month by unanimous vote, with abstentions, after a hearing of the R.A.’s Executive Council. Since 1972, the Conservative movement has prohibited…

  • Website targets Jewish community in white supremacist’s home town

    (JTA) — A white supremacist website has called on its readers to “troll” Jewish residents of Whitefish, Mont., home to white supremacist leader Richard Spencer. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist publication, published a call Friday to “take action” against Jews in Whitefish by writing and calling them with anti-Semitic messages. The post included the names,…

  • Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish: Aleppo attack is ‘a Holocaust’

    As bombs continue to fall on Aleppo, Syria’s ravaged metropolis, Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish switched from Hebrew to English to direct a damning message at viewers around the world. “Right now, in Halab, Syria, just an eight-hour drive from Tel Aviv, a genocide is taking place,” said Aharish, Israel’s first Arab news presenter, using the Arabic…

  • A Syrian Jew’s message to Aleppo: Keep tradition and don’t lose hope

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Although Poopa Dweck has never been to Aleppo, her New Jersey home evokes the smells of a kitchen in the now-ravaged Syrian city. Dweck was born after her parents left the once-bustling metropolis in 1947, but she still calls it her “homeland.” She has dedicated herself to maintaining and teaching the recipes…

  • Major groups skip Presidents Conference Hanukkah party at Trump hotel

    (JTA) — A mix of centrist and liberal Jewish groups did not attend a Hanukkah party hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a Donald Trump-owned hotel in Washington, D.C. The event Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel, which was co-hosted by the Embassy of Azerbaijan, sparked controversy due to its venue….

  • Israeli envoy slams US civil rights group for attacking anti-Islamist activists

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Accepting an award from a conservative think tank, Israel’s U.S. ambassador attacked the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that has called several controversial right-wing activists “anti-Muslim extremists.” On Tuesday, Ron Dermer accepted the Freedom Flame Award  from the Center for Security Policy, whose president, Frank Gaffney, appears on SPLC’s…

  • 4 major Jewish groups to skip Presidents Conference Hanukkah party at Trump hotel

    (JTA) — Four major Jewish organizations will not attend a Hanukkah party co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a Washington, D.C., hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump. The Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America will…

  • These millennial Jews are protesting Trump — and Jewish groups

    NEW YORK (JTA) — “This Jew says no to white nationalism,” one sign read. “Silence is akin to consent,” another said, quoting the Talmud. A third displayed a lyric from a Yiddish song: “We will outlive them.” The signs, along with chants like “Donald Trump, it’s your fault; Stephen Bannon, oy gevalt!” were not only…

  • Jews are world’s most educated religious group, study finds

    (JTA) — Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group, with an average of more than 13 years of formal schooling, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center study published Tuesday found that Jews worldwide have four years more of schooling on average than the next-most educated group, Christians, who average about nine years of…

  • As BDS resolutions stall, pro-Palestinian students shift tactics

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When  Northwestern University’s student Senate passed a resolution in February 2015 asking the university to divest from six corporations they said contributed to the violation of Palestinians’ human rights, freshman Ross Krasner was hurt and surprised. The rhetoric of the measure, portraying Israel as an oppressor, was more extreme than what he had…