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  • Arizona JCC evacuated after bomb threat

    (JTA) — A Jewish community center in suburban Phoenix was temporarily evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in on Wednesday. The East Valley JCC in Chandler, Arizona, received the anonymous threat in the morning, Fox10 Phoenix reported. Police arrived on the scene soon after, evacuating the facility as well as nearby businesses. In addition,…

  • At Independence Day launch, Knesset speaker decries ‘offensive discourse’

    (JTA) — Israelis shifted from mourning to celebrating as Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) ended and Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut) began. The country’s 68th birthday kicked off with an annual torch-lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Wednesday evening. In the opening address at the ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein spoke out about the country’s social…

  • Israeli population 10 times larger than at state’s founding

    (JTA) — The population of Israel has grown more than tenfold since the state’s establishment in 1948. In statistics released to coincide with Israeli Independence Day, which begins Wednesday night, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported that Israel has 8.52 million residents, compared to 806,000 in 1948. In the past year alone, Israel’s population has grown…

  • Would-be Florida synagogue bomber denied bail

    (JTA) — The South Florida man accused of plotting to bomb a Miami-area synagogue was denied bail on Tuesday. At a bail hearing in U.S. District Court in Miami, the judge ruled that James Gonzalo Medina, 40, is a flight risk and a danger to the community. If convicted, he faces life in prison. His…

  • West Bank explosion injures Israeli soldier

    (JTA) — An Israeli army officer was injured in an explosion Tuesday night at a West Bank checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The Israel Defense Forces has not yet said what caused the explosion outside the Palestinian village of Hizme, according to the Times of Israel. The victim suffered a head injury but is fully conscious, the…

  • Brooklyn yeshiva bus arson accomplices sought by NYPD

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York police are searching for four boys who allegedly helped an 11-year-old boy set a school bus on fire outside a Brooklyn Jewish girls’ school. Police released surveillance images of the boys on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported. On Monday, the 11-year-old was charged with criminal mischief as…

  • Hummus in 70 percent of Israeli refrigerators, poll shows

    (JTA) — More than 90 percent of Israelis say they eat hummus at least once a week, and nearly 70 percent currently have some in their refrigerator. A survey conducted by the Geocartography Institute for credit card company Diners Card and the Hummus Abu Ghosh restaurant also found that more than half of Israelis like…

  • London’s Muslim mayor reaffirms plan for Israel trip

    (JTA) — Sadiq Khan, who was sworn in as London’s first Muslim mayor last week, reiterated plans to lead a trade delegation to Israel. In an interview with London’s The Jewish News published Monday, Khan, the first Muslim mayor of any Western capital city and London’s first Labour Party mayor in eight years, also said he believes…

  • 2 Israelis in JPMorgan Chase cyber fraud case to be extradited

    (JTA) — Two Israelis indicted in a massive cyber attack against JPMorgan Chase will be extradited to the United States. Gery Shalon, 32, and Ziv Orenstein, 41, were arrested in Israel in July and will be extradited following a U.S. request, Israel’s Justice Ministry announced Monday, Agence France Press reported. The ministry did not say exactly when…

  • Ernest Michel, Auschwitz survivor and longtime Jewish leader, dies at 92

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ernest (Ernie) Michel, who after surviving Auschwitz and a forced death march went on to become a prominent American Jewish communal leader, has died at 92. Michel died at his home in Manhattan on Saturday. He worked as a Jewish communal professional for more than 60 years, joining the staff of…