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  • North American Jews urge Israel to provide equal adoption rights for same-sex couples

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Some 200 Jewish leaders and institutions from North America urged the Israeli government to end discrimination against same-sex couples who want to adopt children. The call came in a letter to the government coordinated by A Wider Bridge, a San Francisco-based organization that focuses on ties between U.S. and Israeli LGBTQ communities….

  • White House to Iran: Return missing CIA consultant Robert Levinson and other ‘unjustly imprisoned Americans’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration called on Iran to return a Jewish-American man who disappeared from Iran in 2007 while working on behalf of the CIA. The statement issued Friday by the White House said the United States is “redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad,” naming specifically Robert Levinson, an American former…

  • HIAS ‘glad’ Supreme Court upholds decision to add grandparents, grandchildren to family defintion

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish resettlement agency HIAS praised a Supreme Court ruling for expanding the definition of family ties in the Trump administration’s travel ban, but lamented its upholding, for now, a ban on refugees. The order Wednesday issued by the Supreme Court preserves a lower court’s temporary order to broaden the administration’s interpretation…

  • ADL petition calls on Trump administration to fill anti-Semitism envoy post

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League sent a petition to the U.S. State Department calling on President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to fill the position of special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism as quickly as possible. As of Tuesday, when the petition was presented, the ADL had collected 4,830 signatures….

  • A new play tells the story of mikvah-peeping rabbi Barry Freundel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rabbi Barry Freundel was the rabbi of Kesher Israel in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. He was a man of power in his synagogue, and influence in the wider modern Orthodox world. But all of that went away when he was convicted in 2015 on voyeurism charges after spying on and filming…

  • Pence restates Trump pledge to move US Embassy to Jerusalem

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence again pledged that the Trump administration would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. On Monday night, Pence made the vow to Christian supporters of Israel who have become increasingly restive at President Donald Trump’s failure to make good on his campaign promise. “To the men and women of…

  • Senate hears testimony on slashing funds to the Palestinians until payments to killers stop

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee considered whether massive cuts in aid to the Palestinians would help end terrorism or spur a breakdown that could compound the violence. The Foreign Relations Committee met Wednesday to discuss the Taylor Force Act, named for an American studying in Tel Aviv when he was stabbed and…

  • Lawyers for Jewish woman in Montana can’t find the neo-Nazi she is suing

    (JTA) — Lawyers for a Jewish woman in Montana say they are unable to track down a neo-Nazi she is suing for launching a harassment campaign against her and her family. Tanya Gersh of Whitefish, Montana announced in April a suit against Andrew Anglin, the founder of the white nationalist website, The Daily Stormer, for revealing…

  • White House expresses concerns about ‘unrestrained’ building after eastern Jerusalem announcement

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jerusalem municipality announced that it will approve 800 new homes in Jewish areas of eastern Jerusalem within the next month, prompting an expression of concern from the White House about “unrestrained” building. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, according to The Associated Press, said Wednesday that construction in Jerusalem is “essential, important and…

  • Artists ask Lincoln Center to boycott play supported by Israeli government

    (JTA) — A group of more than 60 artists has called on Lincoln Center to retract a play that has backing from the Israeli government. The play, “To the End of the Land,” is a part of the Lincoln Center Festival at the famed arts complex in New York. It is co-produced by the Cameri…