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is a JTA correspondent in Israel.

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  • Orthodox rabbi’s anti-Trump prayer causes a stir

    (JTA) — Jews have been praying for the welfare of the governments they live under for hundreds of years. But what happens when they lose faith in the individuals elected to lead those countries? That’s the dilemma faced by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, an Orthodox rabbi who is president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash in Phoenix and founder and president of Uri…

  • American-Israelis to rally in Tel Aviv in solidarity with DC Women’s March

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A solidarity rally to coincide with with the upcoming Women’s March on Washington will be held in front of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. The rally is scheduled to take place on Saturday night and will coincide with the march in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of Israeli Americans are expected to take…

  • Trump tells Israeli reporter in Washington he will move embassy to Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump told an Israeli reporter that he will move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Trump made the remarks at an event Tuesday evening in Washington, the Israeli daily Israel Hayom reported on Thursday. Israel Hayom reporter Boaz Bismuth, who served as Israel’s ambassador to Mauritania for four years until 2008, attended the event…

  • Israel receives first Arrow 3 rocket interceptors

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force received the first advanced interceptors of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, which is being jointly developed by the United States and Israel. The rockets, worth about $2.2 million each, were delivered Wednesday, according to reports in the Israeli media. The Arrow 3 missiles were designed to enable interception…

  • Women of the Wall ordered to be searched at holy site despite high court ruling

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Women planning to participate in a Women of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall were ordered to subject to a body search despite a Supreme Court injunction against the practice. The women rejected the searches on Thursday morning and instead held their morning service at the security checkpoint at the entrance…

  • French far-right leader Marine Le Pen ahead in presidential poll

    (JTA) — Far-right National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen is the leading candidate for president of France according to a major poll. Le Pen is polling at between 25 and 26 percent in the first round of the presidential election, according to the poll conducted by Ipsos Sopra Steria for the French daily newspaper…

  • Rabbis visit Montana to thank local authorities for support

    (JTA) — A delegation of Orthodox rabbis from the U.S. and Canada thanked Montana officials for their support of the Jewish community during a meeting at the state’s capitol. The rabbis presented Montana Gov. Steve Bullock with a copy of the Five Books of Moses, called a Chumash, and thanked him for defending the state’s Jewish residents….

  • 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…