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Atlanta rabbi regrets Rosh Hashanah sermon that casts the left as enemy of the Jews

By RON KAMPEAS

(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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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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Baltimore schools may remove Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur as days off

(JTA) — Baltimore students and teachers may have to attend school on the High Holidays next year for the first time since the 1990s.

The Baltimore County district, seeking ways to get enough class hours into the yearly schedule to meet new state regulations, is considering holding classes on the...
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Succah torn apart in vandalism at Kansas State University

(JTA) — A succah erected on the campus of Kansas State University was vandalized and destroyed.

The succah erected near the main dining hall on the Manhattan campus was carried away from its place on Friday night and broken apart, the Mercury newspaper reported Sunday. The pieces were left around...
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Richard Thaler, who recognized the humanity in economics, wins Nobel Prize

(JTA) — Richard Thaler, a professor at the University of Chicago, won the Nobel Prize in Economic Science for his pioneering work in the field of behavioral economics.

The Nobel Committee in announcing the prize for Thaler on Monday in Stockholm said his research helped lead to changes in public...
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Las Vegas Jewish community rallies to help in aftermath of shooting

(JTA) — Two Las Vegas synagogue held special evening prayers and a GoFundMe page raised over $50,000 for an injured Jewish woman as the city’s Jewish community rallied to help in the aftermath of the mass shooting on the Strip.

Chabad Rabbi Mendy Harlig, a chaplain with the Las Vegas...
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Jewish groups in aftermath of Las Vegas attack call for tougher gun control laws

(JTA) — Jewish groups responded to the mass shooting in Las Vegas by condemning the violence and calling for gun control legislation.

At least 59 people are dead and 527 were wounded in the attack at a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Strip...
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UPDATE: 59 killed, hundreds injured at Las Vegas concert; worst shooting incident in American history

Las Vegas Sheriff’ Joe Lombardo reported 59 people were killed and 527 were injured after a gunman opened automatic weapon fire late Sunday night from a perch at a 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into a  concert crowd, making it the worst mass shooting incident in U.S....
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