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  • 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…

  • Orthodox Union bars women from serving as clergy in its synagogues

    (JTA) — The Orthodox Union released a new policy barring women from serving as clergy at its 400 member congregations across the United States. Adopted at a board meeting Feb. 1 and reported Thursday in the Forward, the ruling cites Jewish law, or halacha, in declaring that “a woman should not be appointed to serve in a clergy…

  • Report: Trump to make Islamism sole focus of anti-violence program

    (JTA) — The Trump administration is planning to remove the scrutiny of white supremacist groups from a government program designed to counter all violent ideologies, focusing instead only on Islamist extremism. First reported Wednesday by Reuters, which attributed the story to “five people briefed on the matter,” the idea has alarmed some anti-hate groups, as…

  • ZOA, Jewish Republicans join criticism of Trump’s Holocaust remembrance statement

    (JTA) — The Zionist Organization of America expressed its “chagrin and deep pain” that a statement by the Trump administration marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention the Jewish victims of the Nazis. Also Sunday, the Republican Jewish Coalition offered similar criticism the same day. In a news release Sunday evening, Morton Klein, national…