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  • Psychology association faces pressure to boycott Israel

    NEW YORK (JTA) — As its name suggests, relationships are key to members of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists. But there is one relationship some members want to sever: the one between the organization and Israel. At its 2018 conference, held June 14-17 at a Midtown Manhattan hotel, a vocal minority of the…

  • NY hospital says Hasidic group sought inappropriate role in health care decisions

    NEW YORK (JTA) — One of this city’s largest hospitals has accused a Hasidic group that visits sick patients of lying about the hospital’s policy to limit access by volunteers to patient floors and rooms. Dr. Andrew Brotman, senior vice president and vice dean for clinical affairs at NYU Langone Health, said a claim by…

  • Hasidic volunteers, kicked out of a major NY hospital, blame a clash over medical ethics

    NEW YORK (JTA) — For years, volunteers from the Satmar hasidic movement have fanned out daily across the city, boarding private buses and carrying bags full of kosher food cooked each morning (except Saturday) at the organization’s commercial kitchen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Members of the Satmar Bikur Cholim go to a dozen hospital and rehabilitation centers, bringing…

  • How an Orthodox politician is standing in the way of Andrew Cuomo’s national ambitions

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has major name recognition and a profile he potentially hopes to parlay into a 2020 bid for president of the United States. But Cuomo is facing a major obstacle in accomplishing much on his agenda, and it isn’t Cynthia Nixon, the actress who announced recently that…

  • Starbucks denies speculation that it ‘demoted’ ADL in its anti-bias training

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Starbucks denied that it demoted the Anti-Defamation League from a lead role in its anti-bias training, saying it continues to view the Jewish group as a valuable partner in future training. Reggie Borges, a spokesman for the coffee giant, spoke to JTA on Wednesday following speculation that left-wing criticism of the…

  • Brooklyn synagogue pulls its money out of Chase bank to promote climate change. Will others follow suit?

    NEW YORK (JTA) —  Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is removing its savings from JPMorgan Chase, making it the first U.S. synagogue to publicly divest from a bank or other corporation “to explicitly oppose the funding of fossil fuel and other related projects dangerous to the world in which we live,” according…

  • Israel at 70: What women in Israel and the West learned from each other

    NEW YORK (JTA) — American Jewish women have idealized Israeli women as feminist role models since the days of prestate Israel, when women were photographed plowing fields alongside men. Post-independence posters featured images of female soldiers fighting alongside men. A chain-smoking Golda Meir served as Israel’s prime minister nearly 50 years before a major American political…

  • A tour guide uncovers Passover secrets in the Met Museum’s Egyptian wing

    NEW YORK (JTA) — I have roamed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian wing many times, marveling at sarcophagi, statues of Horus and Ra, and portraits of young men on ancient panels who gaze back at visitors, looking shockingly familiar and contemporary. But on a Sunday just before Passover, I viewed the artifacts as I’d…

  • Women’s March renounces Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, but supports a leader who embraced him

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Organizers of the Women’s March renounced the anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan, but they stood behind one of its co-presidents who attended a speech last month by the Nation of Islam leader and seemed unperturbed by his attacks on Jews. Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, sparked an outcry when…

  • Women in Jewish fundraising say harassment is pervasive

    NEW YORK (JTA) — She was young, Jewish and the founder of a nonprofit organization that aids deprived children in Southeast Asia. He was a potential funder more than twice her age, promising donations and introductions to influential people. “He dangled a lot of carrots,” she said in retrospect. But the fundraiser, who spoke on…