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  • Jewish security group forms national law enforcement advisory council

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Following repeated waves of anti-Semitic attacks, the group tasked with advising Jewish institutions on security has formed a national advisory council composed of former law enforcement officers. The Secure Community Network, which has led the effort to respond to five waves of bomb threats to Jewish community centers nationwide, formed the…

  • What exactly is a Jewish community center?

    (JTA) — Nearly 100 bomb threats have been made against Jewish community centers across the United States since January. The threats — in five waves and all hoaxes — have unsettled Jewish communities and shined a spotlight on American anti-Semitism. After weeks of demurring, President Donald Trump recently condemned the threats, including on Tuesday at the…

  • These JCCs each received 3 bomb threats. Here’s how they’re dealing.

    (JTA) — Growing up in a small town in Georgia, Harriet Shirley may have had more exposure to Jews and anti-Semitism than the rest of her fellow Christians. She had Jewish acquaintances, read Holocaust nonfiction as a teen and later visited concentration camps on a trip to Europe. But she was still dumbfounded when the…

  • Jon Stewart takes down Donald Trump on anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Jon Stewart isn’t so sure that Donald Trump loves the Jews. Visiting Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” Monday from his “farm,” the former “Daily Show” host launched into one of his signature monologues, slamming the president for his repeated falsehoods. Stewart called Trump out for lying about the murder rate and the size of…

  • With few safeguards, Jewish cemeteries make easy targets for vandals

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Sometime between the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 17, and the following Monday morning, vandals damaged 170 gravestones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Jewish cemetery outside St. Louis. Beyond that, cemetery staffers aren’t sure when the attack happened. Groundskeepers leave at 4 p.m. Fridays, and the cemetery is open to the public,…

  • Did Donald Trump and the Jews have a good week?

    (JTA) — Was this, at last, a good week for the Jews and President Donald Trump? Compared to the Trump administration’s initial few weeks, maybe. The president’s first month saw the White House omit Jews from a statement commemorating the Holocaust, then rebuke Jewish groups that criticized the statement and stay silent as waves of…

  • Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catholic and Presbyterian parents, while Jason grew up culturally Jewish. At first, it was simple to mark their different backgrounds. In December, the…

  • Reform movement’s challenge: Protesting Trump and remaining inclusive

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. They’ve protested at airports. And this week, some were arrested in front of a Trump hotel here. “If there are areas where…

  • With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible

    NEW YORK (JTA) — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or vowels, let alone translation. Its premier explanatory commentary, composed by the medieval sage Rashi, is usually printed in…

  • 19 rabbis arrested during protest at Trump hotel

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Nineteen rabbis were arrested at a protest of President Donald Trump’s refugee ban in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City. The rabbis, who had gathered as part of a conference hosted by T’ruah, a rabbinical human rights group, were arrested for obstructing traffic in front of the…