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  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing Texas restrictions

    (JTA) — Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion. In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, was unconstitutional. The law would have required nearly half…

  • Defense chief Avigdor Liberman, majority of Israelis oppose Turkey reconciliation deal

    (JTA) — More than half of Israelis oppose the newly announced reconciliation deal with Turkey, according to one Israeli television poll. In addition, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he is against the deal, several Israeli media outlets reported Monday. The poll by Channel 10 found that 56 percent of Israelis oppose the deal that…

  • Religion-related terrorism and harassment of Jews increasing worldwide, Pew study finds

    (JTA) — The harassment of Jews worldwide continued to increase in 2014 even as government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center’s annual study of 198 countries released Thursday also found an increase in religion-related terrorism, with 82 of the nearly 200 countries…

  • Ex-prostitute alleges Orthodox businessmen mistreated her on ‘mile high’ NYPD job

    .textad {display: none!important;} NEW YORK (JTA) — A prostitute allegedly hired by New York Jewish businessmen to entertain several New York police officers as part of an alleged bribery scheme said she performed multiple sex acts for them on a flight to Las Vegas and was treated so poorly she quit the profession. The alleged…

  • Pennsylvania man admits he lied about being an Auschwitz survivor

    (JTA) — A Pennsylvania man who for years traveled the country giving speeches and media interviews about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor acknowledged that he had been lying and apologized. In a letter published Thursday on the LancasterOnline news site, Joseph Hirt, of Lancaster County said he lied not for personal gain but in hopes of…

  • British Jewish leaders keep mum on wisdom of Brexit

    (JTA) — Britain’s Jewish leaders had mixed reactions to the country’s surprising vote in favor of leaving the European Union, with few offering an opinion on whether or not leaving the EU is a good idea. Several praised Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced after the vote that he would resign, for his record on Jewish issues…

  • Man charged with threatening Kansas City-area synagogue

    (JTA) — A Kansas City man has been charged with threatening a synagogue in suburban Overland Park. According to the Kansas City Star, prosecutors accused Brian Wachter, 40, of making an unspecified threat on May 31 against Congregation Beth Shalom. A Conservative synagogue, Beth Shalom has roots dating back to 1878, according to its website….

  • Jewish dad takes out full-page newspaper ad seeking wife for middle-aged son

    It sounds like the premise of a romantic comedy: A Jewish dad eager to see his middle-aged son settle down takes out a full-page newspaper ad on his behalf titled “Looking For A Wife.” Last Saturday, real-life Jewish dad Arthur Brooks took that unusual step — without the permission of knowledge of his son, Baron Brooks….

  • Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, on eve of Genesis award, slams Trump

    (JTA) — Itzhak Perlman spoke out against Donald Trump a day before the Israeli-American virtuoso violinist is to receive a $1 million prize dubbed the “Jewish Nobel.” In an interview with The Associated Press published Wednesday, Perlman said he is still upset at Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, for mocking a disabled reporter last…

  • Police escort for Israeli billionaire reportedly was part of NY Jewish businessmen’s bribery scheme

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York police allegedly shut down a lane of the Lincoln Tunnel to escort Russian-Israeli billionaire philanthropist Lev Leviev, one of many favors allegedly provided to Jewish businessman Jeremy Reichberg and a partner in exchange for bribes. Leviev — the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia and chairman…