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  • Outpouring of support for rabbi whose home gutted by pre-Passover fire

    (JTA) — A GoFundMe page set up to help a New Orleans rabbi and his family after their home was destroyed by a pre-Passover fire has more than reached its goal. The “Help Gabe and Abby” page established on April 20 raised more than $50,000 in its first day and as of Saturday night stood…

  • Frederick Mayer, German Jew-turned US spy against the Nazis, dies at 94

    (JTA) — Frederick Mayer, a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and parachuted back in seven years later as an American spy, has died. Mayer died on Friday in Charles Town, West Virginia, at the age of 94, his daughter Claudette confirmed to The New York Times on Thursday. Mayer posed as a…

  • Man who posed as rabbi in Poland disappears, deletes Facebook page

    (JTA) — The man who posed as a rabbi in north-central Poland for several years reportedly disappeared from the community he was serving and deleted his Facebook page. The man, who called himself Jacoob Ben Nistell, or Yaakav, admitted two weeks ago during an interview that he is not a rabbi. He has served for several…

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker compares Israel to Nazi Germany

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arab-Israeli lawmaker Hanin Zoabi declined an invitation to participate in a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, saying that there is an “alarming similarity” between Nazi Germany and current Israeli policies. Zoabi was invited to take part in the annual national ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, which will be held next…

  • 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…