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  • UNESCO exhibit about Jews in Israel opens in Buenos Aires

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A UNESCO exhibition about the Jewish presence in the land of Israel that sparked controversy has gone on display for the first time translated into Spanish. “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land,” which was co-created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is on display…

  • Argentina marks 25 years since attack on Buenos Aires embassy

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was remembered in the Argentine city exactly 25 years after it was blown up by a car bomb. The ceremony marking the attack took place at 2:50 p.m. Friday, the time that the embassy was destroyed in 1992 in…

  • Former US envoy to Israel Dan Shapiro to join hedge fund

    (JTA) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro is joining ION Asset Management, a hedge fund that focuses on Israeli and Israel-related securities as a senior adviser. Shapiro will “advise ION about key issues relating to its funds and portfolio companies, particularly regarding relevant geopolitical and commercial matters,” according to a statement issued Wednesday. Shapiro,…

  • Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking…

  • 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…