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  • Israeli government to amend adoption law to give same-sex couples equal rights

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government said it would amend adoption law in the country to give same-sex couples equal rights. The state on Sunday made the announcement during a hearing at the Supreme Court in response to a petition regarding adoption by same-sex and common-law couples filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers,…

  • Marc Zuckerberg posts photo giving century-old kiddush cup to daughter

    (JTA) — Amid criticism over Facebook allowing advertisers to target users based on anti-Semitic information, Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo on his social network of himself giving his baby daughter a kiddush cup that he said was a century-old family heirloom. The Jewish Facebook co-founder and CEO posted a photo on his social network Friday of himself…

  • NY politician who proposed renaming Trump State Park gets anti-Semitic hate mail

    (JTA) — A New York assemblywoman has been receiving hate mail since proposing a bill that would rename Donald J. Trump State Park in honor of the counterprotester killed during the Charlottesville white supremacist rally. Nily Rozic, a Queens Democrat who was born in Jerusalem and moved to New York as a child, said she…

  • NY man sent anti-Semitic email to official over removal of Confederate monument

    (JTA) — A suburban New York man was arrested for allegedly sending an anti-Semitic email to a town official who had been pushing to remove a monument to Confederate soldiers. Timothy Goetze of White Plains in Westchester County was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Police did not say what…

  • At ceremony marking one year since Peres’ death: ‘You have left us much more to do’

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A state ceremony in Jerusalem marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Shimon Peres. Peres’ family, world leaders and state and business leaders attended Thursday morning’s ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery. “His biggest dream – peace – my father did not get to see realized. My father knew that this dream…

  • Animal rights group sues police for not stopping Yom Kippur chicken-swinging ritual

    (JTA) — An animal rights group filed a lawsuit against two Southern California police departments for not enforcing animal cruelty laws by halting a pre-Yom Kippur ritual. The lawsuit filed this week naming both the Irvine and Los Angeles police departments is aimed at stopping Chabad of Irvine’s kapparot ceremony in which a chicken is…

  • Missouri school district votes to change Saturday high school graduations

    (JTA) — A public school district in suburban St. Louis changed the graduation date of two high schools from a Saturday following complaints by Jewish families with students in the schools. The Parkway School Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to change the graduations from May 19 to the Tuesday and Thursday before. The district’s other…

  • Israeli soccer official who said he would not sign Arab player resigns

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An official for the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team resigned after saying in an interview that he would not sign an Arab player to his squad. Eli Cohen had been the team’s adviser for only 10 days when he resigned Wednesday. Some reports said he was fired. It was his fourth stint with…

  • North Carolina LGBTQ groups call for boycott of annual pride event over Yom Kippur start

    (JTA) — A coalition of North Carolina LGBTQ groups is calling on supporters to boycott the annual N.C. Pride parade — now a street fair — because it begins on Yom Kippur. The groups, which call themselves the #LiberateNCPride Coalition, have set up an online petition for supporters to pledge to skip N.C. Pride and to…

  • Russian Olympic gold medalist skater treated in Israel for anorexia

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Julia Lipnitskaia, an Olympic gold medalist in figure skating from Russia, was treated for an eating disorder at a clinic in Israel. Lipnitskaia, who earned her medal in the team skating event at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, checked into the clinic in January and remained for three months, The Associated Press…