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  • Jonathan Woocher, leading Jewish educational theorist, dies at 70

    (JTA) — Jonathan Woocher, who helped shaped American Jewish educational priorities as the longtime head of the Jewish Educational Service of North America and later as founding president and senior fellow of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, has died. Woocher, who lived in South Orange, New Jersey, died Friday at age 70. The cause…

  • London’s Muslim mayor calls for complete ban on Hezbollah

    (JTA) — London’s Muslim mayor wants Great Britain to make support for all factions of Hezbollah illegal. Sadiq Khan said in a statement Thursday that he plans to write to the Home secretary and request that she outlaw support for the political wing of Hezbollah, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Support for the terrorist wing of the…

  • New DNA identified in AMIA Jewish center bombing points to suicide attack

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A new set of DNA has been identified among the 85 fatalities in the AMIA Jewish center attack in Buenos Aires, strengthening the hypothesis that the 1994 attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The discovery was announced Monday by the AMIA Special Investigation Unit of the General Prosecution…

  • 65 percent of Latin American Jewish leaders found to fear terrorism

    (JTA) — Sixty-five percent of Latin American Jewish leaders fear their community could suffer a terrorist attack, a new survey found. That figure is 90 percent among Jewish leaders in Argentina, where large numbers of Jews have been killed in two terrorist attacks: in 1992 on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and injured 242;…

  • Lakewood rabbis warn community that welfare fraud is ‘not justified’

    (JTA) — The Orthodox rabbinical council in Lakewood, New Jersey, responded to the arrest of community members on charges of welfare fraud by declaring “[t]here is no such thing as ‘justified’ theft.” The statement, issued Thursday by Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg in the name of the Lakewood Vaad, follows the arrests of at least seven couples in…

  • Jewish groups urge Senate to oppose health care bill

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A coalition of Jewish organizations led by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism urged members of the U.S. Senate to oppose the bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The letter sent to all 100 senators Tuesday, signed by 14 organizations, says that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017…

  • Listen to ‘Despacito,’ Justin Bieber and Luis Fonsi’s megahit song, in Hebrew

    (JTA) — Attention Jews who love to dance to Latin grooves: There is a Hebrew version of “Despacito,” the first mostly Spanish-language song to become a number one Billboard chart hit in 20 years. “Despacito,” sung by Puerto Rican pop artist Luis Fonsi and which translates as “Slowly,” found success rather quickly: Released in January, by…

  • Reform movement launching first rabbinical school for Latin America, Spain and Portugal

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Reform movement is launching its first school to train and ordain rabbis from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to work in those communities. The Ibero American Institute for Rabbinical Education of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, or WUPJ, will begin classes in August in Buenos Aires. “This project will transform the regional reality,”…

  • Bolivia’s leader calls rival Chile the ‘Israel of South America’

    (JTA) — President Evo Morales of Bolivia called Chile the “Israel of South America” ​​in condemning the expulsion of nine Bolivian officials on Wednesday. The officials were detained in Chile after being accused of smuggling, theft and illegal possession of weapons. They are to be expelled from the country within the next 30 days. Lashing out…

  • Polish human rights official under fire for saying his ‘nation’ took part in the Holocaust

    (JTA) — Poland’s human rights commissioner is being urged to resign after saying the “Polish nation” took part in carrying out the Holocaust — a controversial statement in a country whose government increasingly emphasizes that Poland never collaborated with the Nazis. Speaking Wednesday on the state-run TVP Info, Adam Bodnar said, “There is no doubt that the Germans were responsible…