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  • European rabbis: EU court’s ruling on religious garb means Jews, Muslims unwelcome

    By jwadmin on March 15, 2017
    PARIS (JTA) – A European Union court ruled that companies can prohibit their employees from wearing religious clothing and symbols, sparking condemnation from a rabbinical group that the decision amounts to saying “faith communities are no longer welcome.” The ruling Tuesday, March 14 by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg also said that customers cannot simply demand that workers remove […]
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  • Art of the peace deal may be more complicated than Trump anticipates

    By jwadmin on March 15, 2017
    DC Report By Douglas M. Bloomfield Just when Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli right thought it was safe to go into the water again, the peace sharks unexpectedly appeared. Donald Trump’s election had been celebrated as a repellent, a green light on settlement building and a freeze on peace processing that seemed confirmed by the appointment of a new American […]
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  • Spain scraps language test for elderly applicants for Jewish law of return

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA)– Spanish authorities dispensed with language and culture tests for elderly applicants for citizenship under the country’s law of return for Sephardi Jews. The Spanish Justice Ministry decided to offer the dispensation from tests on the Spanish language and heritage, which were mandated for citizenship applicants under the 2013 law, after it emerged that the tests effectively […]
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  • WWII airman gets Star of David on his headstone 75 years after being shot down

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA)– The headstone of an American soldier killed in World War II has been replaced with one bearing a Star of David. A headstone replacement ceremony was held on Feb. 28 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a report on the United States Air Force news website, 15th Wing. Staff […]
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  • Sea of Galilee at lowest level in a century

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    JERUSALEM (JTA) –The Sea of Galilee is at its lowest level in a century after northern Israel experienced the driest February ever recorded. The Israel Water Authority reports that the large freshwater lake, also known as Lake Kinneret, is 20 centimeters below the line experts consider acceptable for water quality. The sea received only 10 percent of its average rainfall […]
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  • While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    By BEN SALES (JTA) –  When Cincinnati’s Mayerson Jewish Community Center was hit with a bomb threat on Jan. 18, Adam Bellows was satisfied with how the staff handled the preschool kids, including his two-year-old son.The kids, said Bellows, had no idea the threat had happened. They were evacuated and taken to a secure location where they watched cartoons. But after […]
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  • 16 Jewish sites threatened in sixth wave of harassment

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — At least 12 Jewish community centers and institutions across North America and four Anti-Defamation League offices have received threats of lethal attack, the sixth such wave since the beginning of the year. As of Tuesday afternoon, March 7, threats had been reported at Jewish institutions in Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Florida, Alabama and at least […]
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  • Battling hate in the spirit of Queen Esther

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    By ELLEN HERSHKIN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Shots fired into a classroom window at an Indiana synagogue. Cemeteries desecrated in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and New York. Swastikas scrawled on Jewish buildings. More than 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers. Inherent Protections History doesn’t always repeat itself, but echoes of the darkest chapters serve as warnings. We study […]
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  • Yidstock ’17 Features Top Names in Klezmer & New Yiddish Music

    By jwadmin on March 6, 2017
    Amherst, MA – The sixth annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music will include concerts by legendary and up-and-coming bands, a folk oratorio by a founder of the Klezmatics, plus talks, workshops, and other special events. Yidstock 2017 takes place July 13 to 16 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This year’s lineup includes Eleanor Reissa & […]
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