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  • Ugandan Jews get official recognition from Jewish Agency

    (JTA) — A Jewish community in Africa has moved one step closer to gaining formal recognition from the Israeli government. The Jewish Agency said in a letter to Israel’s Conservative movement that the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, a community whose members formally converted to Judaism under Conservative auspices, are a “recognized” community, Haaretz reported Tuesday….

  • Ivanka Trump not eligible to vote in NY primary

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump won’t be voting for her father, Republican candidate Donald Trump, in the New York primary because she missed a voter registration deadline. Ivanka Trump, who underwent an Orthodox conversion to Judaism in 2009, did not switch her voter affiliation from independent to Republican on time, meaning she is not…

  • 12-year-old female Palestinian stabber to get early prison release

    (JTA) — A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who confessed to planning a stabbing attack will be released early from prison. The Israel Prison Service announced Monday that because of her “young age,” the girl, who was arrested in February outside a West Bank settlement, will be released on April 24, six weeks before she was initially…

  • Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary at Jewish nursing home in Bronx

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at a Jewish senior care home in the Bronx. At RiverSpring Health (formerly the Hebrew Home for the Aged) on Monday, eight days before the New York primary, Clinton spoke to hundreds of residents about his wife’s record on…

  • Bruce Wenger, former NYC prosecutor, dies at 49

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Bruce Wenger, a prosecutor who went into private practice as a defense attorney, died suddenly at 49 while commuting to work on a train. Wenger, of West Hempstead, New York, is believed to have suffered an aneurysm last week while riding the Long Island Rail Road, the Daily News reported. His…

  • Orthodox rabbinical group in Israel calls for welcoming ‘people with homosexual orientations’

    (JTA) — An Orthodox rabbinic organization in Israel has published what it says is the first Jewish legal document of its kind calling for a more welcoming approach to homosexual Jews. Released Sunday at a conference of Beit Hillel, a rabbinical group that promotes inclusiveness in Orthodox Judaism, the document says that while gay sex…

  • Israel raises Turkey terror threat assessment, tells citizens to leave ASAP

    (JTA) — In a strongly worded statement, Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged all Israelis in Turkey to leave as soon as possible. The statement Friday night said, “Following a situational assessment, we are reiterating and sharpening the high level of threat in Turkey,” the Times of Israel reported. “Real and immediate terror threats remain throughout the…

  • Reconstructionist offshoot forms over intermarried rabbis, BDS

    (JTA) — Nineteen Reconstructionist rabbis are forming their own group partly to protest the movement’s recent decision to allow intermarried rabbis. In a statement Thursday, the rabbis announced the formation of Beit Kaplan-the Rabbinic Partnership for Jewish Peoplehood, which they described as an “educational consortium and resource for rabbis, congregations, and lay people wishing to continue…

  • Geraldo raps Ted Cruz’s ‘New York values’ comments as ‘anti-Semitic’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Several commentators, including former talk-show host Geraldo Rivera, are blasting Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s remarks earlier this year about “New York values” as anti-Semitic. Rivera, who is Jewish, said Thursday night on “The O’Reilly Factor” that Cruz’s use of the term “New York values” has “stinking anti-Semitic implications.” READ: Ted…

  • Thanks to viral video, Holocaust survivor gets wish to sing at Detroit Tigers game

    (JTA) — An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game after her granddaughter circulated a video of her that went viral online. Amid a flood of requests on her behalf, the Tigers invited Hermina Hirsch to fulfill her bucket list wish by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at their May…