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  • Trump gives new hope to Jewish push for FEMA assistance to houses of worship

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A tweet by President Donald Trump on Friday night, with Houston recovering from Hurricane Harvey and his sister Irma set to ravage Florida, is renewing hope among Jewish groups that have long advocated for emergency assistance to houses of worship. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for…

  • Trump administration OK with Israel keeping aid boost from Congress

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration will not stand in the way of defense assistance funding to Israel added by Congress and won’t hold Israel to its pledge to return such funds. “The administration is committed to ensuring Israel receive the assistance that has been appropriated by Congress,” R.C. Hammond, a State Department spokesman, told…

  • US Jewish camps urge Trump to preserve visa program for Israeli counselors

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish camping organizations wrote to President Donald Trump urging him to keep in place a program that grants visas to foreigners who work in summer camps. “Participation of Jewish counselors and staff from Israel and other countries through the J-1 Camp Counselor and SWT programs is critical to the…

  • Jewish groups get security funding despite talk of rollbacks

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish groups welcomed $25 million in federal security grants for nonprofits, thanking Congress and the Trump administration for funding in line with previous years’ grants. The Department of Homeland Security disbursed the funding last week, the vast majority of which goes to Jewish institutions. The money is congressionally mandated, but the Trump…

  • Apologies and non-apologies in the year of our Trump 5777

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – There are apologies, there are non-apologies and there are apologies that never were. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are approaching: We are in the season of repentance and its most apt expression, apologizing to our fellow women and men. The Trump presidency presents special challenges to apology trackers: Donald just doesn’t do…

  • Qatar pays for outreach to US Jews

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Qatar is paying $50,000 a month for outreach to the Jewish community to a prominent Jewish Republican operative at a time when the Persian Gulf nation is facing calls for isolation from other moderate Arabs and by conservatives in Washington, D.C. “Engagement with Qatar can only be in the best interests of…

  • Trump says Israelis and Palestinians both want peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump said he believes there is a chance for Israeli-Palestinian peace because both sides are committed to it. “I think we have a chance of doing it, I think the Palestinians would like to see it happen, I think the Israelis would like to see it happen and usually when…

  • Senate resolution would force Trump to sign off on a condemnation of white supremacists

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate has advanced a bipartisan resolution post-Charlottesville calling on President Donald Trump to reject white supremacists and, in a rare move, requiring his signature. The resolution was placed Thursday on the calendar, which means it has cleared procedural hurdles and will soon come up for a vote. That’s unusually fast for…

  • Bernie Sanders deflects Hillary Clinton’s criticism over loss to Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Bernie Sanders sidestepped criticism from Hillary Clinton that he paved the way to Donald Trump’s victory with his attacks against her in the Democratic primary. Sanders, I-Vt., said he preferred to focus on countering the Trump agenda. “My response is that right now it’s appropriate to look forward and not backward,”…

  • Jewish candidate for Illinois governor drops running mate over BDS

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Jewish candidate for Illinois governor dropped his running mate over a disagreement about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Daniel Biss, a state senator, said in a statement Wednesday on his campaign website that he had made a “difficult” decision to part ways with Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa just…