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  • Muslims look to Jewish example in campaigning for school days off

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, New Jersey, to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. The daughter of a Sephardic Jewish mother and Catholic father, Abdelnabbi-Berrocal never had any trouble celebrating the holidays of both religions…

  • Rabbis, refugee agency deny report of Louisville synagogue resettling Syrian Jews

    (JTA) — A report of a Conservative synagogue in Louisville resettling Jewish refugees from Syria is false, say a local refugee resettlement agency and the rabbis of the Kentucky city’s two Conservative synagogues. On Friday, JTA received an anonymous report that an unnamed Conservative synagogue in the city had welcomed three Syrian Jewish families. The report…

  • Poll: Clinton crushing Trump among Florida Jews; Orthodox for Trump 2-1

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The vast majority of Florida Jews will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential election, according to a new poll. Orthodox Jews were the only Florida Jewish demographic to support Trump. The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found Clinton was beating Trump among Florida Jews, 66 percent to 23 percent….

  • Anti-Zionist Hasidic children pelt eggs at mock Netanyahu car in anti-Israel protest

    The Satmar Hasidic movement has long been famous for, among other things, its opposition to Zionism and the state of Israel. In the video below, published last week by the Yeshiva World News, children at two Satmar day camps can be seen being led in protests against Israel. In one of the protests, they hurl eggs…

  • Jewish groups mobilize in Baton Rouge to aid flood victims

    (JTA) — At midnight on Aug. 13, the floodwaters began to flow into Ellen Sager’s Baton Rouge home. Her husband grabbed some important family documents, then the couple gathered some snacks and headed to a room on the second floor with their two teenage children. Sager assumed the waters would recede and the family could…

  • A summer at camp exposes Ugandan Jews to America’s food and kids

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Growing up in Uganda, Sarah Nabaggala would often have to walk to a well to retrieve drinking water. Shoshana Nambi, from the same village, Mbale, remembers a childhood where they had little and wasted nothing. So Nabaggala was surprised when the kids at Camp Coleman, a Reform Jewish overnight camp in northeastern…

  • Meet the accent coach who taught Natalie Portman to sound like an Israeli for her new film

    NEW YORK (JTA) — While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel how the air hit her skin. If Portman felt her breath, it meant she was saying the words in an Israeli accent — or…

  • This year’s Hillary Clinton is last year’s Benjamin Netanyahu

    “I’m the most experienced one out there. Security credentials? Check. Economic credentials? Check. Executive experience? Check. I have spent years and years serving the country, longer than almost any other leader in our history. “And you know me. Am I the perfect candidate? No. But you’ve seen me before. You know that if you elect me, our country will be…

  • Christie signs NJ bill prohibiting state’s investment in pro-BDS companies

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill prohibiting the state’s pension and annuity funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. The measure, which was signed Tuesday, was passed in the state’s General Assembly in June by a vote of 69-3 with two abstentions. It had passed the state Senate…

  • Why did Donald Trump launch a Twitter feed in Hebrew?

    The Trump campaign has launched a Hebrew-language Twitter feed, aiming to boost support for the GOP presidential nominee in Israel and raising an interesting question: Just how many potential U.S. voters in Israel don’t speak English? The feed, launched Monday night, is named “Campaign Trump b’Yisrael,” and uses the generic handle @USAISRAEL2016, though a quick search shows that the campaign…