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UC Berkeley blocks pro-Israel talk by Alan Dershowitz, citing rules on advance notice

SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A speech by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz at the University of California, Berkeley, may be blocked because organizers did not give campus police the required eight-week notice for the event.

Dershowitz’s lecture, tentatively titled “The Liberal...
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Senate committee wants Jared Kushner to tell all about private email account

(JTA) – Following reports that Jared Kushner used his private email for government business, the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence urged President Donald Trump’s senior adviser to turn over any document relevant to his communications.

The committee’s chair and vice chair made the request Thursday in writing to a lawyer...
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Amid NFL national anthem furor, ADL forms sports council to push social change

(JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League will work with sports leaders and athletes to promote “positive social change” as the controversy over some NFL players not standing for the national anthem rages.

On Thursday, the ADL announced the formation of a Sports Leadership Council, which it said will “work directly with...
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Senate anti-BDS bill to be reviewed amid criticism

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bill extending bans on Israel boycotts to those initiated by international organizations is under review following criticism from civil libertarians, one of its authors said.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD., defended the bill, saying critics — including the American Civil Liberties Union — had it wrong.

“The...
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Trump provides hope for Middle East peace, Israel’s president tells US Jewish leaders

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s approach to the Middle East offers a brighter outlook to the region, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders in a wide-ranging conference call.

“With the election of President Trump, we have new hope for peace and reconciliation with our neighbors,” Rivlin said...
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NY bishop visits Holocaust center in wake of area anti-Semitic attacks

(JTA) — A Long Island bishop visited a local Holocaust memorial center in the wake of several anti-Semitic hate attacks in the suburban New York area.

Bishop John Barres, the head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre since January, was accompanied by other church officials on his visit to the...
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Roy Moore, Alabama judge who defied gov’t over Ten Commandments statue, wins GOP Senate primary

(JTA) — Roy Moore, who was removed as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, won the state’s Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

On Tuesday, Moore defeated the Trump administration-backed candidate to win the special primary...
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Joshua Haberman, Washington rabbi and champion of adult Jewish education, dies at 98

(JTA) — Rabbi Joshua Haberman, rabbi emeritus of the Washington Hebrew Congregation and founder of the Foundation for Jewish Studies, has died.

Haberman, who represented the Jewish community during the memorial service for the victims of 9/11 held at the National Cathedral, died Sunday at his home in Washington, D.C.,...
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Students from all-girls Catholic school post photos of Jews vs. Nazis beer pong

(JTA) — Students from an all-girls Catholic high school in Kansas City will not be expelled after photos of them playing Jews vs. Nazis beer pong appeared on social media.

Alumni and parents from St. Teresa’s Academy called for the teens to be expelled for the off-campus incident, which did...
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Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison over sexting scandal

(JTA) — Former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner, 53, who had pleaded guilty in May to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, wept as the sentence was handed down Monday in a Manhattan federal court. He must...
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