Jewish Agency cancels Netanyahu dinner following Western Wall decision

JERUSALEM (TPS) — The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors cancelled a dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, scheduled for Monday night, to protest Sunday’s Cabinet decision to nix an agreement to create a non-Orthodox prayer space at the Western Wall to allow for egalitarian prayer services.

Also Monday, members of the...
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Houston Jewish federation hires its first woman CEO

(JTA) — Houston’s Jewish federation has hired its first woman as CEO.

Avital Ingber was announced Thursday as the successor to Lee Wunsch, who has served in the post for 18 years and been with the federation for three decades. The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston raises and distributes some...
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Reform movement decries Senate Republicans health care bill

(JTA) — The Reform movement sharply criticized a Republican bill in the Senate that would repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act and make severe cuts to Medicaid.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans revealed a draft of a measure that would get rid of the legal requirement that most Americans have...
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Otto Warmbier’s Hillel rabbi recalls ‘one of the most intellectually curious people I’ve ever met’

(JTA) – Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, was remembered by friends and loved ones at a public memorial officiated by his college Hillel rabbi.

Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the...
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Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt after Netanyahu meeting: Making peace will ‘take time’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian peace will “take time,” President Donald Trump’s top two negotiators said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create...
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Israel cuts electricity supply to Gaza for 3rd day per Abbas request

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel cut the electricity it supplies to the Gaza Strip for the third day, honoring a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The cuts to Gaza City and southern Gaza were made Wednesday, amounting to a 30 percent cut over the past three days.

Gaza residents...
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US calls on UN Security Council to denounce Hamas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for a United Nations resolution that would condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Haley delivered her remarks Tuesday at a Security Council meeting on the Middle East, saying Hamas is a danger to both Israel and the Palestinians.

“The Security Council must...
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Jared Kushner visits home of Israeli policewoman killed in terror attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jared Kushner upon arriving in Israel on Wednesday visited the family of an Israeli border policewoman stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist.

Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump as well as the president’s Jewish son-in-law, is in Israel to lead the Trump administration’s push...
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Jon Ossoff loses in crucial Georgia congressional race

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Karen Handel, a Republican, won a congressional race in Atlanta’s suburbs, defeating Jon Ossoff in a contest that Democrats had hoped would wound Donald Trump’s presidency.

Handel defeated Ossoff, 52.1 to 47.9 percent, with all of the vote reported.

Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker who is Jewish,...
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Book giveaway for JCDS cancelled due to weather

A community book giveaway at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) scheduled to take place this evening has been cancelled. “Out of an abundance of caution, with tropical weather moving into the area,” an announcement began, “we have cancelled this evening’s Book Give Away.”

A date for rescheduling the event...
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