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  • JCC bomb threat suspect, named Michael Kaydar, reportedly used Bitcoin, Google Voice

    (JTA) — The Israeli-American teenager suspected of perpetrating more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish institutions used technologies including Google Voice, a call forwarding service, and Bitcoin, a digital currency, to make the threats. According to an article in The Daily Beast, the 19-year-old suspect’s name is Michael Kaydar. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested Kaydar at his home…

  • Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen — an Israeli, no less — was behind most of the approximately 150…

  • 6 decades after synagogue bombing, Atlanta Jews feel threats again

    ATLANTA (JTA) — When Janice Rothschild Blumberg first heard that a bomb threat had hit an Atlanta Jewish center, she had only one thought: “It’s happening all over again.” Blumberg, 93, remembers her shock in 1958 when white supremacists bombed her synagogue, then called the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation and commonly known as The Temple. The…

  • Jewish teen network donates more than $1 million

    (JTA) — Jewish teens in a program for budding philanthropists donated more than $1 million during the 2015-16 school year, with nearly two-thirds going to Jewish organizations. The donations, which were given to 300 recipients, came from about 1,700 teens organized in 50 groups known as “teen foundations.” The total was some $100,000 higher than in…

  • Trump era prompts Jewish donors to step up giving to liberal causes

    ATLANTA (JTA) — For decades, the Lippman Kanfer family has focused its philanthropy on local Jewish communities and national initiatives to teach Torah — funding causes from the Anshe Sfard Congregation in Akron, Ohio, to a Jewish day school network. But since Nov. 8, Election Day, the family has been talking about another set of…

  • Finally, Jewish camp for adults

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The campers wake up in their cabins on Friday morning, dress and go to breakfast. Next comes a range of activities — arts and crafts, archery, kickball. Then, after an hour of primping and preening for Shabbat, they gather as the sun sets and head to Shabbat dinner, where they will…

  • Anti-Semitic fliers calling for ‘ending Jewish privilege’ paper U of Illinois campus

    (JTA) — Fliers claiming that “Jewish privilege” is the key to social injustice in the United States were found on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The fliers, found Tuesday and Wednesday in different locations, claim in bold letters that “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege.” Citing survey data, the fliers…

  • 4 new bomb threats hit JCCs

    (JTA) — Jewish community centers in four states were hit with bomb threats between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with at least two coming via email. All were deemed to be non-credible. JCCs in St. Louis, Atlanta, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado received the threats, according to local news reports. The threats in St. Louis, Omaha…

  • At Jewish schools hit by bomb threats, trying to teach students just enough to cope

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On the morning of March 7, Rabbi Beth Naditch found out that two of her three children’s schools had received bomb threats. The anonymous calls placed to the MetroWest Jewish Day School and the Solomon Schechter Day School in suburban Boston turned out to be hoaxes, like the rest of the…

  • Association for Israel Studies slams Israel’s BDS travel ban

    (JTA) — The Association for Israel Studies harshly criticized Israel’s new ban on entry to supporters of boycotts, calling the law anti-democratic and warning that it would prevent academic exchange with the Jewish state. The association, a professional grouping of academics who focus on Israel, said in a statement Friday that the law could turn Israel into an “isolated…