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  • Obama defends UN abstention, Iran deal and peace push in Israeli TV interview

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama defended his record on Israel in a wide-ranging interview on Israeli TV, and said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he has clashed, “had a good friend” in the White House. Speaking with Channel 2’s Ilana Dayan in an interview aired Tuesday, Obama defended the Iran nuclear agreement,…

  • After day of 16 bomb threats, FBI to coordinate with Jewish community in ‘new reality’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will be assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day. On Wednesday, officials from the FBI and Homeland Security will conduct a conference call with U.S. Jewish communal leaders to discuss Monday’s incidents, what…

  • For black Jews, Obama represented an America of multiple identities

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On Election Day 2008, Marcella White Campbell remembers her 4-year-old son playing in front of the TV, repeating the name of the man who would soon become the first African-American president of the United States. “He was running around and rolling the name Barack Obama on his tongue,” said Campbell, managing…

  • 6 Israeli startups that want to change your everyday life

    (JTA) — As any pro-Israel activist will tell you, innovators from the Jewish state have invented products and technologies you use all the time, from instant-messaging technology to Waze, the crowdsourced traffic app. Israel’s tech scene is famously thriving, with about 5,000 startups across the country. Nearly 1,500 of those are in Tel Aviv alone — that’s one startup for…

  • Campaign rhetoric and post-election hate crimes draw Jewish historians into the fray

    NEW YORK (JTA) – In the two months since the presidential election, American scholars and curators of Jewish history have sent a consistent message: Watch out. “Our history reminds us of the dangers of racism and bigotry,” The Center for Jewish History warned last week. On the same day, the National Museum of American Jewish…

  • Jewish Museum poster defaced with swastikas in New York subway station

    (JTA) — Swastikas were scrawled on a poster in a Manhattan subway station advertising an exhibit at New York’s Jewish Museum. The poster, hanging in the Dyckman Street station on the A train line, was found to be defaced with four swastikas, drawn in black marker, on Monday night and “Jewish Museum” crossed out. In addition,…

  • American wins International Adult Bible Contest in Jerusalem

    (JTA) — Yair Shahak of New York City was one of two winners of the International Adult Bible Contest in Jerusalem. Shahak, 28, representing the U.S., shared the honor with Israeli Yafit Silman, according to Ynet News. Shahak’s wife, Yaelle Frohlich, was also a finalist in the competition, representing Canada. The contest ended on Dec. 28….

  • 2 menorahs vandalized in Brooklyn

    (JTA) — Two menorahs have been vandalized on Brooklyn playgrounds during Hanukkah. One in the Prospect Heights neighborhood was twisted and knocked off its base, according to the news website DNAinfo. In adjoining Park Slope, a menorah had a branch torn off and its wiring ripped out and cut. Rabbi Mendy Hecht of the Chabad…

  • Jewish groups split on Kerry’s settlements speech

    (JTA) — Jewish organizations split along ideological lines in their reactions to Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech criticizing Israeli settlement growth and laying out principles to achieve a two-state solution. Centrist groups were measured in their reactions, criticizing the American decision to abstain last week on a U.N. vote rebuking the settlements while praising Kerry’s commitment…

  • Kerry and Netanyahu fight it out one more time over Israeli settlements

    NEW YORK (JTA) –There was little new in the dueling speeches of John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu. In remarks from the State Department on Wednesday, the secretary of state reiterated the vehement opposition of the United States to Israeli settlement construction and its belief that the chances for Israeli-Palestinian peace are dying. The Israeli prime minister countered shortly after…