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50th anniversary of Jerusalem reunification celebrated at Capitol, Knesset

By GIOVANNA PAZ

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, together with the speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a simultaneous celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

The event Wednesday, organized by Israeli Ambassador to...
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In Jerusalem, Nikki Haley calls UN a ‘bully,’ says Kotel visit will change her life

(JTA) — Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, called the U.N. a “bully” against Israel, during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu thanked the envoy for “standing up for Israel” in the U.N.

“You know, that’s all I’ve done, is tell the...
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Kapparot can continue in NY, appeals court rules

(JTA) — The pre-Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can continue in New York, a New York appeals court found.

The Appellate Division First Department in Manhattan on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that declined to block the pre-Yom Kippur slaughter of chickens in 2015, when the Alliance to End...
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Ship named for Gabby Giffords to be commissioned next week

(JTA) — A United States Navy warship named for Gabby Giffords will be put to sea next week. The ship will be officially named Gabrielle Giffords in honor of the Arizona Democratic congresswoman who survived a 2011 gunshot wound to the head. It will be the first Navy ship named...
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Sen. Al Franken cancels upcoming appearance on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’

(JTA) — Sen. Al Franken, D-MN., cancelled his upcoming appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” to protest the host’s recent on-air use of a racial slur.

The cancellation was first reported on Monday by the Huffington Post.

In an interview Friday with Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NE., the lawmaker...
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How Michael Bloomberg is defying Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords

NEW YORK (JTA) — Following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, Michael Bloomberg is coordinating a group of American governors, mayors, universities and businesses that remain committed to fulfilling the United States’ obligations under the deal.

The media mogul and former New York City mayor also pledged...
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Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour cheered at CUNY commencement speech

(JTA) — Linda Sarsour, a leader of popular opposition to President Trump and an anti-Israel activist, delivered without incident a controversial speech at City University of New York.

Sarsour, whose attendance as a speaker at Thursday’s commencement ceremony of the university’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy provoked...
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Jewish groups lambaste Trump’s pullout from climate accords

(JTA) — President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, earning statements of dismay from critics, including Jewish groups who regard the pullout as a diplomatic and environmental disaster.

Speaking Thursday at ceremony in the White House...
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Trump stands by Jared Kushner amid FBI probe and reported tensions

(JTA) — President Donald Trump praised his son-in-law Jared Kushner for the work he has done in the White House amid FBI scrutiny of Kushner’s contacts with Russia and rumors of tension in their relationship.

“Jared is doing a great job for the country,” Trump said in a statement to...
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More synagogues are getting rid of their mandatory dues

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — “Voluntary dues” may sound like an oxymoron, but the idea may soon be coming to a synagogue near you.

According to a new study by the UJA-Federation of New York, the number of non-Orthodox synagogues nationwide that have eliminated fixed annual dues has...
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