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  • Head of foundation that helps Jews settle in Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods wins Israel Prize

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The founder and chairman of the Ir David Foundation, which assists Jews in settling in Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, will be awarded an Israel Prize for 2017, one of the country’s highest honors. David Beeri will receive the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement, Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced Thursday. The Ir David…

  • Religious Zionist yeshiva heads: Students may not serve in some mixed-gender units

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Leaders of religious Zionist yeshivas in Israel called on religious students to refrain from serving in mixed-gender combat units and called on the heads of the Israeli military to show sensitivity to the soldiers. The rabbis and the female head of a woman’s pre-military religious academy made their remarks Wednesday in the…

  • Netanyahu’s office: Prime minister and Greenblatt ‘made progress’ on settlements

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s adviser on international relations, “made progress” on the issue of West Bank settlement construction, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The two met Thursday for the second time in a week and held “another positive discussion regarding the shared interest of the…

  • NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s budget slashes security funding for nonpublic schools

    (JTA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie eliminated an increase in security funding for nonpublic schools in his proposed state budget, sparking charges from a Jewish group that he is endangering Jewish day school students. The proposed spending plan released Wednesday does not include the $11.2 million allowance for security at private schools that Christie signed…

  • DC synagogue hires successor to Barry Freundel 2 1/2 years after mikvah-peeping rabbi’s arrest

    (JTA) — Kesher Israel has hired a successor to Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested 2 1/2 years ago for secretly videotaping women in the mikvah ritual bath of the Washington, D.C., synagogue, and is now in prison. Rabbi Hyim Shafner, a congregational rabbi in St. Louis since 2004, will serve as the senior rabbi…

  • Israel strikes 2 Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit two Hamas positions in northern Gaza overnight Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the strip at southern Israel. No damage or injuries were reported from the Gaza rocket strike, which struck an open area of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, near the Gaza border, according to the…

  • Netanyahu reiterates vow on new settlement for Amona evacuees ahead of 2nd Greenblatt meeting

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours before meeting with a Trump envoy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured residents of the evacuated Amona outpost that he would honor his commitment to built them a new community. Netanyahu was scheduled to meet Thursday, for the second time this week, with Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s adviser on international…

  • Polish court accuses Minnesota man, 98, of Nazi war crimes

    (JTA) — A Polish court has issued an arrest warrant for a 98-year-old Minnesota man it accuses of Nazi war crimes. The warrant issued Wednesday by the regional court in Lublin is the first step toward requesting the extradition of Michael Karkoc, The Associated Press reported. Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance–Commission for the Prosecution of…

  • Ann Arbor Jewish federation launches online drive for mosque destroyed by arson

    (JTA) — A crowdsourcing campaign by a Jewish federation in Michigan is raising money for a local mosque damaged in an arson attack. The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor has raised more than $3,000 since the campaign launched Monday on the Crowdrise website. Most of the donations are between $18 and $100, many of…

  • With new law, Israelis over 80 no longer have to wait in line

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis aged 80 and older will no longer have to wait in line in stores and for most services. The Knesset passed a bill on Tuesday night that will allow the elderly to receive public services without waiting in line at places such as the post office, bank, supermarket, movie theaters and…