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  • At Jewish schools hit by bomb threats, trying to teach students just enough to cope

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On the morning of March 7, Rabbi Beth Naditch found out that two of her three children’s schools had received bomb threats. The anonymous calls placed to the MetroWest Jewish Day School and the Solomon Schechter Day School in suburban Boston turned out to be hoaxes, like the rest of the…

  • Association for Israel Studies slams Israel’s BDS travel ban

    (JTA) — The Association for Israel Studies harshly criticized Israel’s new ban on entry to supporters of boycotts, calling the law anti-democratic and warning that it would prevent academic exchange with the Jewish state. The association, a professional grouping of academics who focus on Israel, said in a statement Friday that the law could turn Israel into an “isolated…

  • 2 more bomb threats hit centers in Silicon Valley, Brooklyn

    (JTA) — A Jewish Community Center in Silicon Valley and a Brooklyn Jewish senior center both received bomb threats. The Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, California, was evacuated Thursday after receiving a bomb threat at 11:45 a.m. The building also includes a day school and the local offices of the Jewish federation and Jewish Family Services,…

  • Not just prayers: Synagogues are organizing to fight Trump’s agenda

    NEW YORK (JTA) – The day after the presidential election, as congregants gathered in her Brooklyn synagogue to air their feelings, Rabbi Rachel Timoner was already starting to organize against the incoming administration. She called her local city councilman, Democrat Brad Lander, and together they organized an activists’ panel at her congregation, Beth Elohim, to…

  • JCCs to Sessions: We’re ‘frustrated’ with progress on bomb threats

    (JTA) — Executives from 141 Jewish community centers signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing frustration with efforts combating a rash of bomb threats. The letter, sent Wednesday by the JCC Association of North America, the national organization of Jewish community centers, requested a meeting with Sessions and urged the Justice Department to do more to…

  • 5 more JCCS receive bomb threats

    (JTA) — Five Jewish community centers received bomb threats following a wave of threats that targeted 16 Jewish institutions on Tuesday. JCCs in Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut and Vancouver, Canada, received bomb threats via email either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to local reports and Paul Goldenberg, director of the Secure Community Network, which coordinates security across Jewish…

  • While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

    (JTA) — When Cincinnati’s Mayerson Jewish Community Center was hit with a bomb threat on Jan. 18, Adam Bellows was satisfied with how the staff handled the preschool kids, including his two-year-old son. The kids, said Bellows, had no idea the threat had happened. They were evacuated and taken to a secure location where they watched…

  • ADL: Juan Thompson’s arrest alone won’t stop ‘unprecedented’ wave of anti-Semitism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Thanking the FBI and police for the arrest of Juan Thompson, who allegedly made eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League called the current wave of anti-Semitic acts “unprecedented.” “Law enforcement at all levels is a close friend to the Jewish people in America,” Evan Bernstein, ADL’s New York regional…

  • At 10, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over the book of Exodus. The students spend all day, every weekday in the building, studying Jewish text and observing strict…

  • Israel’s opposition leader praises Trump stances on anti-Semitism, Israel

    (JTA) — The opposition leader in Israel, Isaac Herzog, praised President Donald Trump’s recent condemnation of anti-Semitism in a speech to Congress, and said he was confident the president would halt the recent attacks on Jews. But Herzog, who heads the Labor Party, reiterated his recent comments that U.S. anti-Semitism would lead to more American…