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  • Bob Dylan absent as American Nobel laureates visit White House

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama met with four of the recent American Nobel Prize laureates, including two Jews, but Bob Dylan did not make an appearance. The winners of the award — physics laureates Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz, economics sciences laureate Oliver Hart and chemistry laureate Fraser Stoddart — visited the White House Wednesday. All…

  • Israel’s new envoy to Turkey takes up post five years after last one expelled

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey has arrived in the country’s capital to take up his post, five years after Israel’s last envoy was expelled from the country. Eitan Naeh reportedly speaks fluent Turkish, though he addressed reporters in English upon landing in Turkey on Thursday. “I am very happy to be back…

  • Technion launches new cancer center

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology inaugurated the Technion Integrated Cancer Center, a hub for global cancer research. The center opened this week and will, according to university officials, expedite the discovery of new diagnostic tools and treatments through a collaborative “bench-to-bedside” approach. “Conquering cancer is one of the global community’s most pressing…

  • Accessibility Shabbat to address needs of visually impaired

      JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions. The event this weekend, launched by the Israel-based Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, coincides with International Day of Persons with Disability, marked on Dec. 3. The weekend event will focus on…

  • UN president marks Palestinian solidarity day with Palestinian flag scarf

    (JTA) — The president of the United Nations General Assembly wore a scarf featuring an image of the Palestinian flag during a special session to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Peter Thomson of Fiji also donned a traditional Palestinian kaffiyeh during the meeting Tuesday to mark the observance held each…

  • Most Jews do not want rabbis to determine who is Jewish, study finds

    (JTA) — Most Jews do not want rabbis to determine who is Jewish, and the Israeli government may need to consider changes to the Law of Return, a new study has found. The report issued this week by the Jewish People Policy Institute recommends strengthening the sense of “Jewish peoplehood” among mixed families, partial Jews…

  • Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship

    (JTA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem. Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his…

  • Students at Toronto university walk out on vote to mark Holocaust Education Week

    (JTA) — Students at Ryerson University in Toronto staged a walkout rather than vote on a resolution to commemorate Holocaust Education Week. Local members of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association reportedly staged the walkout Tuesday night during the semiannual general meeting of the Ryerson Student Union. The meeting lost its…

  • Over 600 rabbis, cantors sign pledge to hold Trump administration accountable for human rights

    (JTA) — More than 600 rabbis and cantors have signed a pledge to hold the Trump administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people. T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge, which was posted on the organization’s website two weeks ago. It had garnered 635 signatures…

  • Israeli general charged in rape of female subordinates offered plea deal

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli general who was indicted in the rape and sexual assault of two female subordinates has been offered a plea bargain. Under the reported deal, Brig.-Gen. Ofek Buchris would be convicted of prohibited sexual relations by consent instead of three counts of rape. He would be demoted to the rank of…