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  • Turkey’s parliament approves reconciliation deal with Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parliament of Turkey approved the reconciliation agreement with Israel restoring diplomatic ties after a six-year freeze. Lawmakers approved the deal, which normalizes relations between the two countries, early Saturday morning before they left for a summer recess. Israel’s Knesset had approved the deal in late June. The Prime Minister’s Office of…

  • Lone soldier Michael Levin’s parents visit Israel to mark 10th anniversary of his death

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parents of Michael Levin, a lone soldier from the United States who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, returned to Israel to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. Mark and Harriet Levin of Philadelphia traveled to Mount Herzl on Thursday to mark their son’s yahrzeit. They were joined by…

  • Jeremy Corbyn backers are like Nazi storm troopers, major Jewish donor to Britain’s Labour Party says

    (JTA) — A major Jewish donor to Britain’s Labour Party has compared supporters of party head Jeremy Corbyn to Nazi storm troopers. Michael Foster, whose family in the last election contributed more than $500,000 to the party, in an op-ed Sunday in the Daily Mail newspaper referred to Corbyn backers as Sturmabteilung, or SA. Foster…

  • ADL expresses solidarity with NY Muslims following imam’s murder

    (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed its solidarity with New York’s Muslim community in the wake of the murder of an imam and his assistant leaving their mosque. Imam Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin were wearing traditional Muslim garb when they left their mosque in Queens on Saturday afternoon and were shot from behind…

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Stop US aid to Israel if settlements allowed to stay

    (JTA) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved a resolution calling on the U.S. government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building settlements and “enable an independent Palestinian state.” Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended Saturday, the church also sought a halt to all investment…

  • Jewish woman sues Texas county for pulling job offer over Sabbath observance

    (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish woman has sued Dallas County for allegedly rescinding a job offer over her Shabbat observance. Isabel Balderas filed her lawsuit Wednesday in district court, the Dallas Morning News reported, and is seeking $100,000 to $1 million in damages. Balderas said she told the sheriff’s office that because of her observance,…

  • Hawaiian musician performs with Matisyahu at Hollywood gig

    (JTA) — The Hawaiian musician who was seen in a video performing the Matisyahu song “One Day” in a Maui coffee shop unknowingly with the ex-Orthodox reggae star performed with him onstage at the Hollywood Palladium. Kekoa Alama, a singer and ukulele player, and Matisyahu performed the latter’s hit “One Day” before seguing into Bob…

  • Thousands mark fast of Tisha b’Av at Western Wall

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of worshippers marked the fast of Tisha b’Av at the Western Wall. Tisha b’Av, a 25-hour fast, commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and other tragedies in Jewish history. Beginning on Saturday night and continuing throughout Sunday, the worshippers read the Book of Lamentations and other lamentations dealing with…

  • Knesset committee chair vows ‘world war’ to stop $2.6M allocation for non-Orthodox mikvahs

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee approved funding to build mikvahs for use by non-Orthodox Jewish movements in Israel, but its chairman promised a “world war” in allowing the plan to advance. The Finance Committee allocated 10 million shekels, or more than $2.6 million, for the project on Monday, The Jerusalem Post reported. The four…

  • Aly Raisman helps power US women’s gymnastics team to Olympic gold

    (JTA) — The United States women’s gymnastics team, led by its Jewish-American captain Aly Raisman, won the Olympic gold medal in Rio. The Americans finished with a total of 184.897 points to easily outdistance silver medalist Russia, which had 176.688 points. China took the bronze. It was the second consecutive Olympic team gold for Raisman…