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  • Repair the World urges #SupportforRefugees during Passover

    (JTA) — The Repair the World organization has partnered with HIAS to build awareness of and to help support refugees as they resettle in the United States. The #SupportforRefugees campaign will continue through April 30. As part of #SupportforRefugees, Repair the World’s ongoing Turn The Tables initiative offers resources to facilitate dialogue on this issue within a…

  • Rabbinical High Court seeks help in locating get-refuser

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Rabbinical High Court said it did not know the whereabouts of a man who has refused to divorce his wife and called on the public for help in locating him. The court on Thursday released a statement asking anyone who has seen Oded Guez, a physicist at Bar-Ilan University, in the…

  • Feds affirm halt in funding to Jewish college accused of fraud

    (JTA) — The U.S. Department of Education upheld its decision to withhold federal student financial aid from a Jewish college in suburban Detroit. The Education Department last month cut off the federal funding to the Michigan Jewish Institute, after the four-year college in West Bloomfield illegally obtained the Pell Grants and loans for students in…

  • France to convene summit to restart Israel-Palestinian peace process

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The French government announced it will convene a summit of foreign ministers in Paris next month as a start to renewing the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The meeting on May 30 will not include representatives of Israel and the Palestinians, Haaretz reported Thursday. Prior to the meeting, French Foreign Minister…

  • Jerusalem bus bombing was Hamas suicide attack, Israel says

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The recent bus bombing in Jerusalem was a suicide terror attack planned by Hamas, and several members of the cell responsible were arrested, Israeli security forces said Thursday. The bomber was identified by the Shin Bet security service as Abed al-Hamid Abu Srour, a 19-year-old Palestinian from near Bethlehem in the West Bank. He was among…

  • Florida official has belated bar mitzvah at Western Wall

    (JTA) — Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera had a bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, after recently identifying publicly as Jewish. Lopez-Cantera, 42, was in Israel last week with the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association and told the Florida Sun-Sentinel that the “It definitely wasn’t planned” and that the opportunity “presented itself” for him…

  • Peres to Queen Elizabeth II: ‘Life begins at 90′

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres sent Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday video message telling her that “life begins at 90.” The Queen’s 90th birthday takes place on Thursday, although the official celebrations in the United Kingdom will be held in June. In September, Elizabeth II became the country’s longest reigning…

  • Hamas says man who died from Jerusalem bus bombing wounds was the bomber

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas said that a man who succumbed to wounds suffered in Monday’s bus bombing in Jerusalem was the terrorist who placed a bomb in the vehicle. On Wednesday, the terrorist group claimed in a statement that the bomber was a 19-year-old Palestinian from the al-Ayda refugee camp outside of Bethlehem, The Times…

  • Israeli opposition leader defends saying his party needs to shed ‘Arab lovers’ image

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog defended his statement that his Zionist Union party must stop giving off the impression of being “Arab lovers” in order to attract more votes. On Wednesday, the day after he made the remark to party activists in Ashkelon, Herzog posted on Twitter: “I’ve heard there are some…

  • Fire caused by Passover preparations destroys home of New Orleans rabbi

    (JTA) — A fire caused by an oven during its self-cleaning cycle in preparation for Passover destroyed the home of a New Orleans rabbi. The fire swept through the home of Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg of the Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze, which caused “substantial” damage, Jefferson…