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  • Jewish former Hawaii governor at convention raps Dems on Israel, barely mentions Trump

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Linda Lingle, the former governor of Hawaii, criticized the Democratic Party’s stance on Israel and scarcely mentioned Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention. Speaking Monday, the convention’s opening day, Lingle, who is Jewish, said President Barack Obama’s term has “been a wake-up call to American Jews.” She said the Democratic Party —…

  • Ambivalent on Trump, GOP Jews gush over Pence

    The Republican Jewish Coalition’s relationship with presumptive nominee Donald Trump is … complicated. But they’re having no trouble getting behind Trump’s newly announced running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. When he spoke to the RJC in 2015, Trump raised eyebrows by calling the crowd “negotiators” and by saying, “You’re not going to support me because…

  • 6 things to know about Jill Stein, the last Jewish presidential candidate standing

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Voters who have their hearts set on supporting a left-wing secular Jew running an insurgent campaign still have a candidate. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party candidate, is making another run. And this year, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both earning historically low popularity ratings, she hopes she can attract…

  • Ivanka Trump’s rabbi withdraws from Republican convention

    CLEVELAND (JTA) — Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi who oversaw Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism, has withdrawn from speaking at the Republican National Convention next week. In a letter to members of his community Friday, Lookstein wrote that he had accepted Ivanka Trump’s invitation to deliver an invocation at the convention “out of respect…

  • Pence leads the pack of pro-Israel picks for Trump’s VP

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Mike Pence, a pro-Israel stalwart, had only one hurdle to clear when he addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition a year or so ago. Matthew Brooks, the RJC’s executive director, said there were a “lot of questions” at the group’s springtime event about a law the Indiana governor had signed recently allowing businesses…

  • After Elie Wiesel, can anyone unite American Jews?

    Being an American Jew, more than anything else, means remembering the Holocaust. That’s what nearly three quarters of Jewish Americans said, according to the Pew Research Center’s landmark 2013 study on American Jewry. Asked to pick attributes “essential” to being Jewish, more Jews said Holocaust remembrance than leading an ethical or moral life, caring about Israel or observing…

  • In Rabbinate protest, Lookstein and Sharansky call for revisions, not revolution

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Three months after Israel’s Chief Rabbinate rejected his authority to perform conversions, one of America’s most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis joined with Natan Sharansky to advance a message: The rabbinate needs to become more open. But not too much more. A widely respected rabbi in New York’s Orthodox community, Haskel Lookstein saw his credentials…

  • Claims Conference secures major increase in aid to survivors through 2018

    (JTA) — The Claims Conference, which manages aid to Holocaust survivors, has negotiated a budget increase through 2018, including the largest one-time increase in homecare funding the organization has ever secured. In talks with the German government, the Claims Conference secured nearly $312 million in homecare funding for survivors in 2016, approximately $350 million for…

  • Abner Mikva, judge and congressman who mentored a president, dies at 90

    (JTA) — Abner Mikva, a federal judge and congressman who served as a mentor to a range of Democratic politicians from the Chicago area, died at age 90. Mikva died Monday in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune. His political career, spanning five decades, saw him serve in state and national office as well as all three branches…

  • Jewish groups putting up a fight against growing opioid epidemic

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Eve Goldberg’s son, Isaac, was in a panic. He had to get out of college. Isaac Goldberg Volkmar had been at the University of Rhode Island for less than a semester in 2009 when he called his mother desperate to escape. He had joined a fraternity, where his brothers got him…