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  • Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, ‘Queen of Carbon,’ dies at 86

    (JTA) — Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, the daughter of impoverished Polish Jewish immigrants whose pioneering research into the thermal and electrical properties of carbon earned her the nickname “Queen of Carbon,” has died. Dresselhaus, who also was an advocate for women in science fields, died Monday at 86. Her research was foundational to the field called nanoscience, in which…

  • Members of Congress urge feds to probe JCC bomb threats with ‘urgency’

    (JTA) — More than 150 members of Congress signed on to a letter urging federal law enforcement officials to investigate recent bomb threats leveled at Jewish community centers across the country. Wednesday’s bipartisan letter, which was initiated by Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., urged the Department of Homeland Security, the attorney general and the…

  • Pence visits vandalized cemetery, condemns threats to JCCs

    (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence visited a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis after giving a speech in Missouri touching on a spate of recent anti-Semitic attacks. Pence in his address Wednesday at the Fabick CAT headquarters talked about the vandalism and a series of bomb threats leveled at Jewish community centers across the…

  • JCC bomb threats ‘unacceptable,’ White House tells NBC News

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House responded to a reporter’s query about the latest string of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers by saying “these actions are unacceptable.” “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” according to a statement attributed…

  • Reform movement opposes David Friedman as US envoy to Israel

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Reform movement became the largest Jewish body to oppose the nomination of David Friedman as United States ambassador to Israel. In a statement released Friday, one day after the launch of Senate hearings to confirm Friedman, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs released a statement saying Friedman is “the wrong…

  • Jewish groups express dismay as Trump says he can ‘live with’ one-state solution

    (JTA) — Liberal and centrist American Jewish groups expressed dismay following remarks by President Donald Trump that he “can live with” a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Speaking Wednesday at a White House news conference prior to closed-door meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was asked if he were “backing off” from…

  • Australian pro-Israel group objects to settlements law

    (JTA) — Australia’s main pro-Israel lobbying group criticized a controversial new Israeli law that retroactively legalizes settler homes built on private Palestinian land. In a statement released Wednesday, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, or AIJAC, called the law a “counter-productive and unwise piece of legislation aimed at pandering to fringe constituencies at the expense…

  • NY state apologizes for ‘anti-Israel’ cartoon on exam

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York state Department of Education has apologized for including a political cartoon on a statewide exam that critics called anti-Israel propaganda. According to the American Jewish Congress, which circulated a petition claiming the cartoon was “blatantly anti-Israel,” the department responded to its complaints with a statement expressing regret for the…

  • Ex-Canada lawmaker finds swastika carved in snow

    (JTA) — A former Canadian politician reported a swastika carved in the snow near her home in St. Vital, Manitoba. Chris Melnick, who served as a member of the Legislative Assembly, said she came upon the hate symbol on Feb. 2 while walking her dog, CBC Radio Canada reported Tuesday. Underneath the symbol were the words…

  • Mayer Abramowitz, rabbi to Miami’s Cuban exiles, dies at 97

    (JTA) — Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz, who opened the doors of his Miami Beach synagogue to waves of Cuban exiles beginning in the early 1960s, has died. Abramowitz, who served Temple Menorah for 45 years, died Thursday at his home in Miami Beach. He was 97. He ministered to hundreds of young Jews who arrived in…