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  • Why Jews from Libya are worried about the fate of the country’s Jewish artifacts

    (JTA) — Gina Waldman was forced to flee her native Libya in 1967 as anti-Jewish mobs took to the streets of Tripoli, burning down her father’s warehouse. Waldman, like thousands of other Libyan Jews who left the country amid public and state-sponsored anti-Semitism in the 20th century, was forced to leave behind both personal belongings…

  • Israeli terror victims named; Abbas calls for Palestinian ‘victory’

    (JTA) — Three Israelis were killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement north of Ramallah. The three victims were named on Saturday after Shabbat: Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36. The mother, Tova, 68, was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in…

  • Secular young Jews come here for drinks, socializing — and Torah learning

    This is the first article in a three-part series examining Jewish groups engaging young professionals. NEW YORK (JTA) — The scene inside the brick-walled locale minutes from Union Square has the typical trappings of a New York hangout. On a recent Wednesday, 20-somethings in jeans and button-downs crowd around tables, raising their voices to be…

  • Influential progressive PAC criticizes bill targeting Israel boycotts

    (JTA) — An influential progressive political action committee denounced a bipartisan measure targeting boycotts of Israel and its settlements. MoveOn.org, an influential liberal public policy advocacy group and PAC that raises money for progressive political candidates, criticized the Israel Anti-Boycott Act on Twitter. “Regardless how you feel about BDS, Congress must reject action to criminalize free…

  • ACLU urges senators to oppose bill targeting Israel boycotts

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Civil Liberties Union called on U.S. senators to oppose a measure targeting boycotts of Israel and its settlements. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, introduced in March by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would expand 1970s-era laws that make illegal compliance with boycotts of Israel sponsored by governments — laws…

  • Police investigating dumpster fire outside Jewish school in Canada

    (JTA) — Canadian police are investigating whether a dumpster outside a Jewish school was intentionally set on fire. The Edmonton Fire Department responded on Saturday night to a call about a fire in a recycling bin outside the Talmud Torah School, a public school focusing on Hebrew and Jewish studies, The Edmonton Journal reported. The…

  • Photos of Jewish woman comforting autistic boy on plane go viral

    (JTA) — A Jewish woman comforting a distressed child was captured in heartwarming photos that quickly gained traction on social media. The photos show Chabad emissary Rochel Groner holding and comforting the young boy on a flight from Brussels to New York. About an hour into the flight on Friday, the young boy started crying…

  • Boy, 11, who died after falling ill at Pennsylvania Jewish camp had meningitis

    (JTA) — An 11-year-old camper at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania who died earlier this week had contracted meningitis. The Pennsylvania Department of Health informed Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford late Thursday that Daniel Beer had tested positive for a bacterial form of meningitis, the camp said Friday in a statement. The disease leads to inflammation…

  • Jared Kushner reportedly did not include Israel bond holdings in initial financial disclosure

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner reportedly is disclosing up to $250,000 in Israel bonds that he previously owned but did not include on his initial financial disclosure in March. Kushner, who serves as senior adviser to President Donald Trump and is married to his daughter Ivanka, has reported the Israel bond holdings in an amended financial…

  • Emmys 2017: So many Jewish nominees

    (JTA) — On Thursday, the Television Academy announced the nominees for the coveted Primetime Emmy Awards. Here are the candidates with Jewish ancestry. The awards for TV excellence will be presented Sept. 8 on CBS. Lead actress, drama series Evan Rachel Wood is being considered for her portrayal of Dolores Abernathy, an android character in the sci-fi series…