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  • DC ‘power synagogue’ hires co-senior rabbis

    (JTA) — A Washington, D.C., synagogue that hosted President Barack Obama for a speech and counts Congress members and Cabinet officials as members has hired co-senior rabbis. Adas Israel announced Monday that it hired Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander, both 40, to succeed Gil Steinlauf, who left the congregation four months ago to create…

  • Netanyahu says non-Orthodox Jews used Western Wall deal to gain recognition

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel of using their partnership in the Western Wall agreement as a clandestine way to gain recognition. Netanyahu told reporters in New York on Monday night that the Reform and Conservative movements wanted to get recognition “via the backdoor, secretly,…

  • Outreach services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur expected to reach 70,000 Israelis

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Tzohar Rabbinical Organization in partnership with Yachad Ohr Torah Stone will host services on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, expecting to reach nearly 70,000 people throughout Israel. Through its network of volunteers, 250 shofar blowers will provide their services in cities, moshavim and kibbutzim and an additional 300 people will…

  • Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof asks to fire Jewish, Indian attorneys

    (JTA) — Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for killing nine black worshippers, has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire the attorneys handling his appeal because one is Jewish and the other is Indian. Roof, a white supremacist whose racial manifesto said the Jewish “problem” would be solved “if…

  • Israel shoots down Hezbollah drone with Patriot missile

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces shot down a Hezbollah drone before it entered Israeli airspace. One Patriot missile intercepted the drone in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights, the IDF said. The  Iran-made unmanned aerial vehicle had originated from the airport in Damascus on an intelligence-gathering mission. “We…

  • Israeli Consulate in New York shut down following second threat in several days

    (JTA) — The Israeli Consulate in New York was closed briefly following a second threat in less than a week. On Monday, the consulate was shut down and employees were prevented from leaving after an envelope containing a white powder and a threat against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sent to the building, Ynet…

  • Tamar, Muhammad top baby names in Israel for third straight year

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — For the third straight Jewish year, the most popular baby names in Israel were Tamar and Muhammad. The Population and Immigration Authority of Israel’s Interior Ministry released the  figures ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Joining Muhammad among the top 10 names for boys were Joseph, David, Daniel, Uri, Omer, Eitan,…

  • US opens first military base on Israeli soil

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States opened its first official military base on Israeli soil. The base started operating Monday following a ceremony at the end of last week to inaugurate the facility that included Israeli and American military personnel. It will operate independently from within an Israeli military base in southern Israel that houses an…

  • Chabad leaders call for reporting child abuse to secular authorities

    (JTA) — Rabbinic leaders of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement have signed a proclamation calling for the immediate reporting of child sexual abuse and other kinds of abuse to secular authorities. “We recognize in light of past experiences that our communities could have responded in more responsible and sensitive ways to help victims and to hold perpetrators accountable,”…

  • Jewish Agency volunteers help Mexico recover from earthquake

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Volunteers from the Jewish Agency for Israel have mobilized in two Mexican communities to help residents recover from a major earthquake earlier this month. At least 96 people died in the 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the southern Pacific coast on Sept. 7. The Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas were…