Israel’s centrist leaders vie to replace Netanyahu – by taking his side


JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli political scene has always been one of stark contrasts between the two most iconic, if not always most successful, parties: dovish Labor vs. hawkish Likud. While Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu drew huge numbers of settlers in his most recent election as prime...
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Atlanta rabbi regrets Rosh Hashanah sermon that casts the left as enemy of the Jews


(JTA) — A rabbi at a suburban Atlanta synagogue apologized for a Rosh Hashanah sermon after congregants complained that he appeared to cast the American left as inimical to the Jews.

“The great threat that we face as Americans and as Jews comes not from the ‘alt-right’...
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Kosher winery partially reopens as Northern California wildfires still burn

(JTA) — Hagafen Cellars, the only kosher winery in the Napa Valley and Sonoma, partially opened after sustaining heavy damage in the wildfires raging throughout Northern California.

The winery’s tasting room reopened Monday morning.

“We’re waiting now for our first tourist,” owner Ernie Weir told J. The Jewish News of...
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Conservative movement doubles down on intermarriage ban, but urges communities to welcome couples

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Conservative movement will maintain its ban on rabbis performing interfaith marriages while seeking to welcome couples who are already intermarried, according to a new letter signed by the movement’s four leaders.

The letter, published this week and addressed to the centrist movement’s clergy, educators and...
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Teens arrested in vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Romania

(JTA) — Police in Romania arrested three teenagers accused of destroying 10 headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

The incident occurred over the weekend, police said in a statement Monday about the arrests near the northern city of Reghin, located 200 miles north of Bucharest, the capital.

The suspects allegedly smashed...
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British neo-Nazi comes out as gay, reveals Jewish heritage

(JTA) — A prominent British neo-Nazi and white supremacist has come out as gay and revealed his Jewish heritage.

Kevin Wilshaw, 58, a former National Front organizer, announced Tuesday on Britain’s Channel 4 news that he is leaving the far-right movement.

Wilshaw was active in white supremacist groups as recently as this...
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Seth Bloom, ‘Joe’ Giarusso III score victories

When all the results of yesterday’s citywide elections were tallied, Seth Bloom led the votes for the council seat of District B over competitor Jay H. Banks. With 76 out of 76 precincts reporting, Bloom had 5,627 votes compared to Banks’ total of 3,382. That means a runoff next month between...
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JTA Ireland’s Jewish population rose by nearly 29 percent in five years

(JTA) — Ireland’s Jewish population rose by nearly 29 percent since the state’s last census.

The Jewish population rose by 573 people to 2,557 since 2011, according to the 2016 census, the Irish Times reported on Friday.

Some 56 percent of the Jews of Ireland, or 1,439, live in Dublin.

The population...
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Two rockets fired at Israel from Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Sinai Peninsula.

The Code Red alert siren sounded in Israeli communities on the border with Gaza on Sunday night.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that two rockets were launched from Sinai.

It is not known if the rockets fell in...
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Israeli intelligence reportedly discovered Russian hack into US classified documents

(JTA) — Israeli intelligence discovered that Russian hackers were using antivirus software to steal classified information from the United States, The New York Times reported.

The antivirus software is made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide, including officials at about two dozen...
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