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  • House passes bill protecting circumcision, ritual slaughter as religious freedoms

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bill unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend religious protections to advocates of circumcision and ritual slaughter as well as atheists, addressing what its sponsors describe as an increase in religious persecution in recent years. The bill, passed Monday, would broaden the definition of “violations of religious freedom” in the International…

  • Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly taps first Canadian president

    (JTA) — The Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis, has elected its first Canadian president. Rabbi Philip Scheim, who has led Beth David Congregation in Toronto since 1984, was elected by the membership and will be installed Sunday at an event in New York. Scheim, 62, succeeds Rabbi William Gershon of Dallas, who…

  • White House screens ‘Rosenwald’ for Jewish American Heritage Month

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The White House screened the documentary “Rosenwald,” about the Jewish philanthropist who worked with blacks to build schools throughout the South, to mark Jewish American Heritage Month. More than a hundred invitees attended the screening Monday of the documentary about Julius Rosenwald at the Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White…

  • Clinton edges Sanders in Kentucky, Jewish senator takes Oregon

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders appeared to split two Democratic primary contests on Tuesday, with the Jewish senator ramping up his rhetoric against the party leadership as the odds of claiming the nomination fade. A number of media outlets predicted Clinton would win Kentucky, where she led Sanders by half a percentage…

  • Melania Trump: Attacks on Jewish reporter went ‘too far’ but were ‘provoked’

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Melania Trump said critics who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic abuse went too far, but also said the reporter “provoked” the onslaught with her critical profile of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s wife. “I don’t control my fans,” Melania Trump told DuJour, a lifestyle magazine in an article posted Tuesday, “but I…

  • Sheldon Adelson appeals to Republican Jewish leaders to support Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sheldon Adelson asked other Republican Jewish leaders to back Donald Trump. The Associated Press obtained an email Adelson sent to more than 50 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition in which he asks them to support Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Adelson, a casino magnate and major backer of pro-Israel causes,…

  • Hebrew U, Smithsonian launch Einstein project on relativity theory’s centennial

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Smithsonian Institution and the Hebrew University are marking the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity by launching an initiative to make science more accessible to young people. The project, joining the Science Education Center at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Albert Einstein Archive at Hebrew University, will “make…

  • Treasury secretary: US must make clear some Iran sanctions are lifted

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The United States is obliged to make clear that certain sanctions no longer apply to non-American banks when dealing with Iran, the U.S. Treasury secretary said. “When Iran took the actions that it took, we took the actions that we committed to take, which is to lift nuclear sanctions,” Jacob Lew said…

  • Detroit Jews ask: Are targeted Israel boycotts the same as BDS?

    (JTA) — For the second year in a row, the Detroit area’s Walk for Israel has rebuffed the sponsorship of left-wing pro-Israel groups because of their support for boycotting settlements. At the heart of the dispute is a question of definitions: Is support of a boycott targeting Jewish enterprises beyond Israel’s 1967 borders the same as backing…

  • Several Jewish groups praise Obama administration’s transgender protections

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Amid controversy over new protections President Barack Obama has extended to transgender people, a number of Jewish groups have welcomed them. A statement Friday from the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center praised the guidance issued the same day by the Justice and Education departments requiring that schools receiving federal funds end discrimination…