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  • Texas kayak company loses contract for slurring Jews, Mexicans

    (JTA) — The city of Fort Worth, Texas, ended ties with a kayak rental company that posted Facebook messages ridiculing white women, Jews and Mexico. Fort Worth Kayak Adventures, which rents kayaks at the Fort Worth Nature Center, wrote the offensive Facebook post while trying to explain why it recently had to double its rates, NBC 5…

  • North Dakota Jewish pioneer cemetery added to national register

    (JTA) — North Dakota’s oldest Jewish pioneer cemetery has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Sons of Jacob cemetery in Garske, in the state’s northeast, served a community of about 100 Jewish homesteaders from Eastern Europe. A group of descendants and locals applied to  the state historical society for the national register; their application was approved…

  • French jihadist cell sentenced in attack on kosher grocery

    (JTA) — A French court sentenced members of a jihadist network for a grenade attack on a Jewish grocery store in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles in September 2012. The 18 men, known as the “Cannes-Torcy cell,” were handed sentences of one to 28 years in prison at a special anti-terror tribunal Thursday in Paris,…

  • NY federation asks public to vote on next ‘Big Idea’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York’s Jewish federation is launching a “Big Idea” contest and asking the public to vote for the recipient of a $250,000 grant. The contest, whose voting opened Wednesday, will fund a nonprofit with the best idea for making the Jewish community more welcoming and inclusive. Four finalists were chosen from 32 proposals. “The…

  • Abbas welcomes Latin American Jewish Congress plan to host post-Ramadan meal for Palestinians and Jews

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed an initiative by the Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress to organize a joint Ramadan break-fast meal with the Jewish and Palestinian Muslim communities in Buenos Aires. Abbas expressed his agreement in a letter to Claudio Epelman, the executive director of the group’s…

  • A trove of Nazi-era objects in Argentina stuns investigators

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A cache of 75 original Nazi objects discovered earlier this month by the Argentine Federal Police has been evaluated as “unprecedented” and “the biggest” discovery of its type. The objects, discovered earlier this month in a hidden room of a house in the northern part of the city, included equipment…

  • Pope Francis names two rabbis to Pontifical Academy of Life in historic first

    (JTA) — Pope Francis appointed two rabbis — from Israel and Argentina — to the Pontifical Academy of Life, the first time rabbis have been invited to be members. The pope named 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the advisory body of the academy, the Vatican announced last week. Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, who…

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is guest at Israeli Consulate’s Ramadan event

    (JTA) — Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons were among the guests at an event at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Consul General Sam Grundwerg hosted the event, organized Thursday night’s event with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding at the consulate’s new headquarters….

  • Rabbis at influential NY synagogue to officiate at intermarriages

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbis at B’nai Jeshurun, an influential nondenominational synagogue in New York City, will officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples who commit to creating Jewish homes and raising Jewish children. The new policy, which was announced at the synagogue’s annual meeting Thursday night, is intended to welcome the participation of interfaith families…

  • Al Erlick, longtime editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, is dead at 88

    (JTA) — Al Erlick, who retired as editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent in 1994 after 24 years with the newspaper, died May 24. He was 88. His death was announced by the Exponent. Erlick had been living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Barbara. As editor of one of the oldest and among the…