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  • 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….

  • Israeli envoy slams US civil rights group for attacking anti-Islamist activists

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Accepting an award from a conservative think tank, Israel’s U.S. ambassador attacked the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group that has called several controversial right-wing activists “anti-Muslim extremists.” On Tuesday, Ron Dermer accepted the Freedom Flame Award  from the Center for Security Policy, whose president, Frank Gaffney, appears on SPLC’s…

  • 4 major Jewish groups to skip Presidents Conference Hanukkah party at Trump hotel

    (JTA) — Four major Jewish organizations will not attend a Hanukkah party co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a Washington, D.C., hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump. The Jewish Federations of North America, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America will…

  • These millennial Jews are protesting Trump — and Jewish groups

    NEW YORK (JTA) — “This Jew says no to white nationalism,” one sign read. “Silence is akin to consent,” another said, quoting the Talmud. A third displayed a lyric from a Yiddish song: “We will outlive them.” The signs, along with chants like “Donald Trump, it’s your fault; Stephen Bannon, oy gevalt!” were not only…

  • Jews are world’s most educated religious group, study finds

    (JTA) — Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group, with an average of more than 13 years of formal schooling, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center study published Tuesday found that Jews worldwide have four years more of schooling on average than the next-most educated group, Christians, who average about nine years of…

  • As BDS resolutions stall, pro-Palestinian students shift tactics

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When  Northwestern University’s student Senate passed a resolution in February 2015 asking the university to divest from six corporations they said contributed to the violation of Palestinians’ human rights, freshman Ross Krasner was hurt and surprised. The rhetoric of the measure, portraying Israel as an oppressor, was more extreme than what he had…

  • I celebrate Hanukkah — but here’s why I love Christmas

    (JTA) — All I want for Hanukkah is Christmas. I grew up in suburban Chicago surrounded by my fellow Jews — at school, at camp, on the weekends, at my parents’ friends’ houses, in the streets and parks of my neighborhood. Even then, I knew that Jews made up less than 2 percent of America’s population…

  • Jewish Pearl Harbor survivor recalls chaos and resilience on day of attack

    (JTA) — With Japanese planes buzzing overhead, Pvt. Aaron Chabin ran to his post at Pearl Harbor where his commander handed him a loaded gun — and told him to save the last bullet. “He handed me my weapon, and said ‘Don’t be taken prisoner,’” Chabin, now 94, recalled in a phone interview on Wednesday, the 75th…

  • Size matters: How a ‘largest menorah’ tiff landed two rabbis in Jewish court

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year in Brooklyn, Chabad Rabbi Shimon Hecht ascends 33 and a half feet to light the tallest menorah in the world. But he’s not allowed to call it that anymore. By decree of a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical court, Hecht must cede the title of “World’s Largest Menorah” to another candelabra, this…

  • Jewish Trump voters are ready for their party to get started

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Everyone said their guy was going to lose. Three-quarters of their fellow American Jews voted for the other candidate. But now, Jewish Trump voters are triumphant. “I was elated,” said Jeff Bookman, 65, a jewelry seller from the heavily Jewish Cleveland suburb of Beachwood. Less than a month ago, Bookman told…