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  • 1,500 rabbis sign letter calling on Trump administration to support refugees

    (JTA) — More than 1,500 U.S. rabbis signed a letter calling on the incoming Trump administration to maintain the federal refugee resettlement program. HIAS, a global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, released the letter on Wednesday. Formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the agency was founded in 1881 to help Jewish immigrants fleeing pogroms…

  • Koret Foundation gives $10 million to Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Jewish People

    (JTA) — The San Francisco-based Koret Foundation has given the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv a $10 million grant — the largest from a U.S. philanthropic foundation in the museum’s 40-year history. The grant will establish the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood, the museum said in a statement….

  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to receive pacemaker

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will be admitted to the hospital to be fitted with a pacemaker. Rivlin, 77, will enter the hospital over the weekend for about 24 hours, according to a statement issued by his office. The procedure will not require general anesthetic, and he will return to his residence after…

  • Swastika drawn in snow at home of Canadian Jewish newspaper columnist

    (JTA) — A swastika was drawn in the snow on the front lawn of a columnist for a Canadian Jewish publication. The swastika and a sexist slur were drawn on Saturday night at the home of B’nai Brith Canada columnist Sara McCleary, who frequently writes about anti-Semitism. McCleary lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, which…

  • 2 killed, leading Arab-Israeli lawmaker injured in Negev clashes over home demolitions

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli policeman and a Bedouin Israeli were killed in an unauthorized Bedouin village during clashes between Israeli forces demolishing several homes and residents. Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, who heads the Arab Joint List, also was injured in the head and back by sponge-tipped bullets fired by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning…

  • Haredi man whose son is withholding Jewish divorce avoids jail

    (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox man who urged his son to withhold a religious divorce from his disabled wife will remain out of jail but is still banned from leaving Israel. On Monday, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the man, whose name remains under wraps, does not have to serve a 30-day jail sentence levied on…

  • Jewish human services agencies merge to create umbrella group

    (JTA) — Two associations of Jewish human services agencies have merged to create a new umbrella organization. The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies unites the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, or AJFCA, and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services, or IAJVS, the new group said Tuesday in a statement. The umbrella…

  • Palestinian man who attempted to stab soldiers in West Bank shot, killed

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a West Bank checkpoint was shot and killed during the attack, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the northern West Bank near the Palestinian city of Tulkarm. No Israeli soldiers were injured in the incident, the…

  • Right-wing Israeli lawmakers, settler leaders to attend Trump inauguration

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Right-wing Israeli lawmakers and leaders of the settler movement reportedly will attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The lawmakers, according to the Forward, include Likud Party member Yehuda Glick, a former U.S. citizen and Temple Mount activist who lives in the West Bank settlement of Otniel, and Likud lawmaker Sharren Haskel,…

  • Popular neo-Nazi blogger resigns over revelation his wife is Jewish

    (JTA) — The founder of the popular right-wing blog The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish. Mike Enoch, who also co-hosts “The Daily Shoah” weekly podcast, was outed over the weekend as Mike Peinovich, a website developer from New York. On the podcast, which has about 100,000 regular listeners, Peinovich…