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Minnesota Jewish community affirms solidarity with firebombed mosque

(JTA) — The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota affirmed its solidarity with the Muslim community in the wake of an attack on a local mosque.

The blast at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis occurred early Saturday while worshippers were gathered for early morning prayers. No one...
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NCSY campers gather in Israel to demonstrate commitment to Jewish identity

JERUSALEM – Organized by the Orthodox Union (OU), over 2,000 campers and staff members gathered this week at Park Raanana for a celebratory event that brought together participants from 17 different Israel programs organized by the organization’s youth group, NCSY.

Featuring Jewish music superstar Mordechai Shapiro, the event was the...
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Epic fail: T-shirt company tries to reclaim the swastika as a peaceful symbol

(JTA) — An American company is facing criticism for marketing T-shirts that frame the swastika as a symbol of “love” and “life.”

KA Designs was selling the shirts, which feature white swastikas on a rainbow-colored background with the words “peace” or “zen,” on the U.S.-based clothing company Teespring’s website.

Before...
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Trump calls McMaster ‘pro-Israel’ as national security adviser comes under fire from far right

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual statement, President Donald Trump called his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, “very pro-Israel,” an apparent bid to end a barrage of attacks from the far right that has depicted McMaster as hostile to Israel.

“General McMaster and I are working very...
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Jeff Brotman, Costco founder, is dead at 74

(JTA) — Jeff Brotman, who co-founded the members-only retail giant Costco and was the chairman of its board of directors, died at his home outside Seattle.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said Brotman died early Tuesday at 74. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Brotman formed...
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Three teens identified in Boston-area Jewish cemetery vandalism

(JTA) — Police have identified three teenage boys as responsible for the toppling of headstones in a historic Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts.

One of the teens, who all live in Melrose, a city near Boston, is facing felony charges of damaging headstones and malicious destruction of property over $250. The...
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Trump White House was involved with retracted article linking slain DNC staffer to WikiLeaks, lawsuit alleges

(JTA) — The Trump White House was involved with concocting a Fox News article that linked the death of Seth Rich, a Jewish Democratic National Committee aide with WikiLeaks, according to a lawsuit filed by a private investigator who repeatedly discussed the case on Fox News.

The private investigator, Rod...
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Brooklyn man arrested in arson of bus decorated with Jewish symbols

(JTA) — A 30-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a bus decorated with Jewish symbols in the New York borough.

Jackson Joseph was charged with arson Monday after being identified in a surveillance video,  WABC-TV reported. Joseph, from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, is accused of...
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Marking Tisha b’Av during a long, hot summer

By EDMON J. RODMAN

(JTA) — As the fast day of Tisha b’Av is now here, the summer heat and humidity has been rising.

That got me thinking: Does the solemn day have the stuff to raise our consciousness as well?

Tisha b’Av — this year it begins on the evening of Saturday, August...
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Reagan once fired his communications director after 5 days — and not because he was a former Hitler youth

(JTA) — Did Anthony Scaramucci, sent packing from the White House on Monday, set a record for the shortest stint as communication’s director?

Scaramucci — The Mooch — was let go in part because of an obscenity-laden interview he gave to The New Yorker magazine last week. He wasn’t set...
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