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  • Genesis Prize/JFN award grants $3.3M to programs for intermarried families

    (JTA) — Some 28 projects to increase outreach to intermarried families will receive funding under a matching grants program between the Jewish Funders Network and the Genesis Prize. The $3.3 million in grants for the Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families program were announced Sunday in New York at the Jerusalem Post…

  • Georgia candidate apologizes for highlighting opponent’s religion as ‘not Christian’

    (JTA) — An attorney running for a judgeship in Georgia apologized for referencing his Jewish opponent’s religion as “not Christian” in his campaign literature. Roderick Bridges apologized on Saturday to Dax Lopez, the incumbent on the DeKalb County State Court, for literature that listed Bridges as Christian with a thumbs-up sign and Lopez as “not Christian” with…

  • British Jewish groups call on Labour Party to suspend lawmaker

    (JTA) — British Jewish groups and lawmakers have called on the Labour Party to suspend a Parliament member who compared Israel to the Nazis. The party said last week that Afzal Khan had been “reminded of his responsibilities as a Labour representative,” but that he would face no disciplinary action, the Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday. Kahn…

  • Set to enter Knesset, Temple Mount activist says he will stay away from the holy site

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yehuda Glick, an Israeli activist who wants Jews to be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, said he would stay away from the holy site after he is sworn in as a member of Knesset. Glick, who was 33rd on the Likud party’s candidates’ list in the last elections, will enter the Knesset…

  • US will work with new Israeli defense minister, State Department says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The appointment of hard-liner Avigdor Liberman as Israel’s new defense minister will not affect security coordination between Israel and the United States or the military aid package being negotiated, an unnamed U.S. government official said, according to an Israeli television report. The report by Channel 10 on Sunday came hours after another Israeli TV…

  • In farewell, outgoing defense chief calls on Israeli military to ‘remain human’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called on the military to “remain human” during an official farewell ceremony Sunday at military headquarters in Tel Aviv. Yaalon resigned from his ministerial position as well as the Knesset on Friday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was immersed in talks to replace him with hard-line…

  • Holocaust survivor sings national anthem at Detroit Tigers game

    (JTA) — A Holocaust survivor, fulfilling a lifelong dream, sang the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Hermina Hirsch, 89, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit prior to the Tigers’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hirsch in an interview last month with the Detroit television station WWJ called…

  • John Kerry confirms attendance at rescheduled Paris peace summit

    (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that he will attend a summit of foreign ministers in Paris to discuss the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. The summit hosted by France was rescheduled for June 3 in order to accommodate Kerry, who could not attend on the original date, May 30,…

  • Morley Safer, award-winning ’60 Minutes’ correspondent, dies at 84

    (JTA) — Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent for 46 years who as a reporter helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage showing U.S. atrocities, died Thursday. Safer, who died a week after his retirement from the CBS newsmagazine was announced, filed his last report, his 919th, in March and…

  • Israel tests sea-based Iron Dome missile defense system

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel said it successfully tested a sea-based Iron Dome missile defense system. During the test announced Wednesday, but which reportedly took place two weeks ago, the sea-based version intercepted short-range rockets launched from the shore. The system is called C-Dome. Israel’s Navy reportedly will incorporate the Iron Dome into its defensive systems….