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  • State Department says it is working to extend Iraqi Jewish Archive’s stay in US

    (JTA) — The State Department says it is working with Iraq to extend the stay of a trove of Jewish artifacts from the country, while a bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution recommending that the items not be returned as planned in September. “We continue to work with the Government of Iraq and relevant…

  • Bipartisan group of senators discussing bill to keep Iraqi Jewish Archive in US

    (JTA) — A bipartisan group of senators is discussing a bill to keep a trove of Iraqi Jewish artifacts in the United States. An announcement is expected this week, a source with knowledge of the talks told JTA on Wednesday. A handful of Democratic and Republican lawmakers are involved in the discussions. Last year, the…

  • US judge says racial discrimination law applies to Jews

    (JTA) — A federal judge said that Jews are protected by a law banning racial discrimination when seeking employment. Magistrate Mark Hornsby said that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not define what constitutes “race,” but that Jews were entitled to protection under it. In a court filing Friday, the Louisiana judge said that…

  • Gay and African-American rabbi wants to shatter stereotypes of what a Jew looks like

    NEW YORK (JTA) — As a Jew of color, Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae has had her fair share of experiences that have made her feel less than welcome in the Jewish community. People sometimes assume that she is a member of the synagogue janitorial staff rather than the rabbi. Sometimes when visiting a synagogue, she’ll be asked…

  • Bomb threat called into Jewish military history museum in DC

    (JTA) — A bomb threat was called into the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. The museum has been cleared by police and operations have returned to normal after it received the threatening call at around 12:30 p.m. During the call, a male voice with a foreign accent said…

  • Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Jewish activist for racial equality, dies at 73

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, a writer and progressive activist who was the founding director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, has died. Kaye/Kantrowitz died Monday from Parkinson’s disease, her partner, Leslie Cagan, wrote on Facebook. She was 73. The essayist and poet, a Brooklyn native, said her Jewish upbringing helped motivate her…

  • Jared and Ivanka attend spinning classes in the dark to avoid harassment

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have found a creative new technique to go unnoticed in Washington, D.C.: attending workout classes in the dark. The Jewish couple, who serve as advisers to Ivanka’s father President Donald Trump, go spinning at Flywheel, a studio that darkens the room during the class to give the pair…

  • How Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could affect issues that matter to Jews

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican establishment favorite who has worked in the George W. Bush administration, has triggered reactions from Jewish groups ranging from furious to relieved. Progressive groups raised flags about the pick, saying Kavanaugh’s record shows he would be a threat to reproductive rights and…

  • Brett Kavanaugh nomination sets up battles over abortion, health care and religion

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy upon his retirement at the end of July. The pick, as expected, disappointed liberals concerned about reproductive rights and civil liberties but was welcomed by conservatives as an opportunity to reshape the court…

  • Chuck Schumer asked Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court, Washington Post reports

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urged President Donald Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, according to a report in The Washington Post. Schumer, a Jewish Democrat from New York, made the request in a phone call earlier this week, The Post reported. Garland, who also is Jewish, was…