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  • Jewish family faces backlash after being blamed for Christmas play cancellation

    (JTA) — A Jewish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has faced backlash after being blamed for causing a local elementary school to cancel its annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” The family has declined to have its name published. But Rabbi Jack Paskoff of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, who has spoken with the family, confirmed to JTA…

  • Police, FBI on alert after threats to Montana Jewish residents

    (JTA) — Police in Whitefish, Montana, are conducting extra patrols after a white supremacist website called on readers to “take action” against Jewish residents there. Police are reviewing emails and social media posts sent to the Jewish people mentioned in the post, which appeared on the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, last week, according to…

  • 5 things we just learned about Donald Trump’s Jewish doctor

    (JTA) — We already knew that Harold Bornstein, M.D., personal physician to President-elect Donald Trump, was a bit unconventional. To recap: His public letter about Trump’s health, released a year ago, included a typo and was swimming with hyperbole, assuring readers that Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” We also learned…

  • Married couple to face off in major Bible contest in Jerusalem

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Some couples argue over movies, others disagree about how to squeeze the toothpaste. But one of the earliest debates Yaelle Frohlich and Yair Shahak had was over which biblical figure was the most tragic. Shahak chose Jeremiah, the ridiculed and ignored prophet of doom. Frohlich picked Leah, Jacob’s neglected wife. Nine…

  • Left-wing author A.B. Yehoshua agrees with Naftali Bennett’s West Bank plan

    (JTA) — For years, left-wing Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua has been fighting for a Palestinian state. For years, right-wing Israeli politician Naftali Bennett has been fighting against one. But now they agree. Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio on Monday, Yehoshua made a shocking shift after nearly 50 years of peace activism: “It doesn’t make sense to…

  • 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….