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  • Israel searches for 3 people missing on the Sea of Galilee

    (JTA) — Israeli authorities ramped up efforts to find three people who went missing while rafting on the Sea of Galilee. Itamar Ohana, 19, Nahman Itah, 21, and an unnamed 17-year-old went missing Wednesday in three separate incidents, The Times of Israel reported. Additional personnel and volunteers joined the search Thursday that Israeli authorities had launched…

  • Jeff Sessions meets with Jewish leaders to discuss bomb threats

    (JTA) — Jewish organizational leaders met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss recent bomb threats against Jewish institutions. Officials from the Anti-Defamation League, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Jewish Federations of North America, Secure Community Network and the Jewish Community Center Association met with Sessions on Thursday, a week after…

  • ‘Holocaust is fake history’ scrawled on Seattle synagogue

    (JTA) — A synagogue in Seattle was defaced with graffiti denying the Holocaust. “The Holocaust is fake history!” was found spray-painted on the wall of the Temple de Hirsch Sinai synagogue on Friday morning. “There were two things we felt: shock and sadness, and resistance,” Daniel Weiner, the synagogue’s senior rabbi, told NBC News. “We…

  • Israel bars entry to British activist because of boycott support

    (JTA) — Israel denied entry to a British pro-Palestinian activist a week after the Knesset passed a law banning entry to foreigners who support boycotting the Jewish state. Hugh Lanning, a former chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was denied entry into Israel on Sunday, according to joint statements issued by two government agencies cited…

  • University of Illinois, Ohio State reject divestment measures

    (JTA) — Students at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University voted down measures urging their schools to divest from companies complicit in Palestinian human rights violations. The Illinois referendum was rejected late last week by a margin of 56.8 to 43.2 percent, according to media reports. The Ohio State measure failed by a…

  • Security at summer camps: What you need to know

    (JTA) — Chicagoan Christie Tate isn’t one to be easily cowed. A lawyer and writer, Tate lives with her husband and two kids on the city’s South Side, which has seen a surge in violent crime over the past year. Last year, her kids got a day off from school because of an active shooter threat….

  • Central Michigan Republican student group apologizes for Hitler Valentine’s card

    (JTA) — The College Republicans at Central Michigan University apologized for a Valentine’s Day card with a photo of Adolf Hitler. On Wednesday, a student at the public college in Mount Pleasant posted a photo to Facebook of the card she received at a College Republicans Valentine’s Day party. The card had the caption “my…

  • National day of Jewish action on refugees planned for Sunday

    (JTA) — The Jewish resettlement agency HIAS is planning a national day of Jewish action on refugees with rallies planned in nearly a dozen states. Rallies are scheduled to be held in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver and San Francisco, among others. The New York rally will be held in Battery Park,…

  • These Jewish summer camps are proud to be basic

    (JTA) — In the summer of 2010, with just hours to go before campers arrived for the first day of the first season of Eden Village Camp, director Yoni Stadlin got some bad news from the health department: A procedural issue had delayed the issuance of a permit and the camp could not open as…

  • 6 wounded in attack in Petach Tikvah

    (JTA) — Six people were wounded in a shooting and stabbing attack in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah. Israeli police said a 19-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank opened fire Thursday afternoon near an outdoor market, CNN reported. One person reportedly was stabbed in the commotion. The alleged assailant was arrested at the…