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  • No decision yet on moving US Embassy to Jerusalem, White House says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration has yet to decide on when to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, its spokesman said. On Monday, Sean Spicer, in his first Q&A with reporters as White House press secretary, said that President Donald Trump had not yet made a decision about the embassy move. “There’s no decision,” Spicer…

  • Thousands of Jewish protesters join Women’s March targeting Trump’s policies and rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Thousands of Jews joined an estimated hundreds of thousands of protesters in the Women’s March on Washington protesting newly installed President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric. The march Saturday, focusing on anticipated rollbacks in abortion rights under the new president and broader issues like discrimination against minorities and preserving former President Barack…

  • Obama told Trump that embassy move to Jerusalem could be ‘explosive’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama said he told his successor Donald Trump that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could be “explosive.” “Obviously it’s a volatile environment when sudden unilateral moves are made that speak to the core issues or sensitivities of either side. That can be explosive,” Obama said Wednesday at his final news…

  • Some 30 Jewish institutions across US targeted in second wave of bomb threats

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Some 30 Jewish institutions in at least 17 states have received bomb threats, Jewish security officials said, in the second wave of such mass disruption in two weeks. Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Networks — an affiliate of the Jewish federations of North America, which advises Jewish groups and institutions…

  • At the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a virtual encounter with a Syrian refugee

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – He’d rather talk to young women than answer my insistent line of questioning. He speaks in terms that make me feel like a Luddite, and when I bring up stuff he’d rather not talk about, out comes the smartphone. Omar, a Syrian refugee passing time in a Berlin cafe, is not much…

  • Trump envoy nominee Nikki Haley to slam UN treatment of Israel at confirmation hearing

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United Nations’ most consistent record of failure is with Israel, according to Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the world body. Haley’s confirmation hearings in the Senate are set to begin Wednesday, and her broadside against U.N. treatment of Israel appears in prepared remarks obtained by Reuters…

  • 5 Jewish Democrats among 60 from House who plan to skip Trump inaugural

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Jewish Democrats in Congress are among 60 of the party’s House delegation who will not attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. The five are Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York; Jamie Raskin of Maryland; John Yarmuth of Kentucky; Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. The movement to boycott the…

  • Trump’s education pick Betsy DeVos stirs mixed reaction of Jewish groups as confirmation begins

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish umbrella group urged the Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary and another expressed enthusiasm for her agenda, while the Reform movement expressed concerns about her support for government funding of religious schools. Agudath Israel of America said in a letter Tuesday to the Senate Education Committee as it…

  • Obama won the Jewish vote without winning over the pro-Israel mainstream

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Fraught record on issues of race and anti-Semitism? Check. Much-hyped meeting to get Benjamin Netanyahu’s hechsher? Check. Stirring speech at AIPAC to quiet the naysayers? Check. Jewish validators galore? Check. Administration top-loaded with Jewish staffers? Check. Welcome to Inauguration Day 2009. President-elect Barack Obama walked into the White House eight years ago…

  • Obama on nuclear deal anniversary: Defense of Israel against Iran has been ‘steadfast’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama said his administration had remained “steadfast” in countering Iranian threats to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, in their final week in office, marked the anniversary Monday of the implementation of the deal reached between Iran and six…