• Vandalized stones are scattered at Stone Road or Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester, New York on March 3, 2017.
Vandals tumbled and defaced headstones at a Jewish cemetery in a Rochester, New York, local officials confirmed Friday, the third such cemetery in the United States to suffer damage in a surge in apparent anti-Semitic acts. Meredith Dragon, chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, said local police were not yet ready to determine whether the toppling of a dozen or more headstones in the Stone Road or Waad Hakolel Cemetery overnight March 1, 2017 was an act of petty vandalism or a targeted hate crime. But New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an investigation into the rise in crimes and threats against Jewish organizations in the state.
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    US Anti-Semitic incidents rising in ’17, rose a third in ’16


    (JTA) – Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

    There has been a massive increase in harassment of American Jews, largely since November, and at least 34 incidents linked to the presidential election that month, the ADL said Monday in its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents.

    This year has seen preliminary reports of 541 anti-Semitic incidents through March. One reason for the jump appeared to be the bomb threats called in to...
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  • French Jews worried over Le Pen’s success in presidential vote’s 1st round

    HENIN-BEAUMONT, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06:  French Far-Right National Front President Marine Le Pen during her speech after the announcement of the results of the first round of the regional election on December 6, 2015 in Henin-Beaumont, France. Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)  (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)


    (JTA) — Leaders of French Jewry had mixed reactions to the success of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections.

    “Satisfaction and concern,” Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, wrote on Twitter Sunday...
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    Jazz Fest Shabbat to feature Zydeco performance



    Call it expected. Call it overdue. Just don’t call it Cajun. The 2017 Jazz Fest Shabbat to be held next Friday night, April 29, at Touro Synagogue will star accordionist Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots, marking the first time Zydeco performers be at the center...
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National Council of Jewish Women Celebrated 120 Years of Dedicated Service


NEW ORLEANS – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Greater New Orleans Section celebrated a major milestone – – 120 years of service, social justice and advocacy in the Greater New Orleans Area.  NCJW achievements and the women...
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JCDS Invites the Community to Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut

Jewish Community Day School is dedicated to creating positive connections to the people, culture, language, and State of Israel! Sixty-nine years ago, a modern miracle occurred; the creation of the modern State of Israel. Following one of the most horrific...
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Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt to make history lighting Israel Independence Day torch

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish-American investor and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt has been selected as one of two Diaspora Jews to light an official torch at the state Israel Independence Day ceremony.

Steinhardt, the co-founder and major funder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, will...
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President Trump to visit Israel in May


President Donald J. Trump has scheduled a visit to Israel next month, according to a report by Israel’s Channel Two.

The visit would be Trump’s first to the Holy Land and the first presidential visit since President...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: The Palestinians don’t want Mandela


(JNS.org) — Palestinian internal politics and liberal hostility to Israel came together at The New York Times this month.

The newspaper provoked a firestorm of criticism through its decision to publish an article on the eve...
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