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  • Donald Trump, taking office, pledges to put ‘America first’

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump promised to put “America first” in his inaugural address, pledging to prevent other countries from taking advantage of the United States and to return control of the country to its people. Taking office at noon Friday following a tumultuous and divisive presidential campaign, Trump said his term would herald a…

  • All the Jewish stuff happening around the Women’s March

    (JTA) — Prayer. Singing. Food. Walking long distances across a city. For Shabbat-observant Jews, that sounds like just another Saturday itinerary. But tomorrow, Jews and non-Jews of all religious stripes will be doing those things as part of the Women’s March on Washington. The event, planned as a response to the inauguration of Donald Trump…

  • Fordham denies students permission to form pro-Palestinian group

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Fordham University will not allow students to form a Students for Justice in Palestine chapter because it does not allow groups that solely promote the interests of one country. According to a statement Tuesday from Fordham, a Jesuit school in New York City, an SJP chapter would act more like a…

  • Facing inauguration and women’s march, DC synagogues split on entering the fray

    (JTA) — On Friday, the United States will inaugurate a new president and usher in an era of new policies and rhetoric. But at the Sixth and I synagogue in Washington, D.C., eyes are on the day after, when some 200,000 marchers will gather to reassert support for policies they think will be threatened under…

  • Obamacare repeal effort sends jitters through Jewish service groups

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Before the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit organized local doctors to provide free care to Jews who lacked health insurance. The Detroit agency closed the doctors’ program after enactment of the health care law, also known as Obamacare, and instead worked to enroll people…

  • After cancellation, Whitefish official says neo-Nazi marchers ‘likely can assemble’ later

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The city manager of Whitefish, Montana, says that although a neo-Nazi march scheduled for next week has been canceled, the marchers can likely receive a permit to march at a later date. In an email to residents of the 6,000-person town Wednesday, City Manager Chuck Stearns confirmed that the march, scheduled…

  • This 27-year-old became the first American Jew to hold elected office — 242 years ago

    (JTA) — Long before 30-somethings Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump had the ear of President-elect Donald Trump, a 27-year-old became the first Jew to ever hold elected office in what would become the United States. Francis Salvador, who became a member of the South Carolina Provincial Congress on Jan. 11 in 1775, wouldn’t fit the…

  • Trump doubles down on ‘Nazi’ tweet at news conference

    (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump defended a tweet he posted comparing the leak of a dossier containing allegations about him to the actions of Nazi Germany. At a news conference Wednesday, Trump said leaking such intelligence “is something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.” Reports came out Tuesday claiming Russia has a…

  • In farewell address urging unity, Obama lists Iran deal among signature accomplishments

    (JTA) — In his farewell address, President Barack Obama urged Americans to unite despite their differences and defended the accomplishments of his administration. Among the successes Obama listed in the speech Tuesday night in Chicago was the 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The agreement, negotiated between Iran and six world powers led by the U.S.,…

  • 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,…