Rabbis at influential NY synagogue to officiate at intermarriages

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbis at B’nai Jeshurun, an influential nondenominational synagogue in New York City, will officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples who commit to creating Jewish homes and raising Jewish children.

The new policy, which was announced at the synagogue’s annual meeting Thursday night, is intended to welcome...
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Otto Warmbier, American student released from North Korea, was active in Hillel

(JTA) — Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student imprisoned by North Korea who remains in a coma since his release this week, was active at the campus Hillel and cared deeply about the Jewish community, its rabbi recalls.

Warmbier, 22, a Cincinnati native, was traveling on a student tour...
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Sen. Cassidy dinner closed to all but RSVPs

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy (R) will be speaking at Congregation Beth Israel tonight at a dinner being held in his honor at the Metairie synagogue.

The senator was expected to address a number of issues especially those dealing with health, but his office alerted the congregation that it wanted no...
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Israeli Arab transgender beauty queen opens up about her story


WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA) — The Israeli Embassy marked LGBT Pride Month with a reception for Jewish and Israeli activists and leaders.

About 100 people attended the event, which featured an address by Talleen Abu Hana, an Arab Christian from Nazareth who won the first Miss Trans Israel beauty...
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Netanyahu: Israel stands with victims of shooting attack on Republicans

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent wishes for a speedy recovery to the victims of the shooting at a Republican team’s baseball practice for a charity game against congressional Democrats.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Israel, I send our heartfelt wishes for a full...
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Co-author of controversial book ‘The King’s Torah’ indicted for incitement over 2 op-eds

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A West Bank rabbi who co-authored “The King’s Torah,” a treatise on halachah, or Jewish law, that discusses situations in which Jews are permitted to kill non-Jews, was indicted for incitement to violence.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur of the Yitzhar settlement was indicted Tuesday for two opinion articles...
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Einstein letters on God and Israel to be auctioned

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five letters written by Albert Einstein to quantum physicist David Bohm covering topics including God, McCarthyism and the new State of Israel are expected to bring in some $20,000 when they are sold at auction next week.

Winner’s auction house in Jerusalem will conduct the live auction...
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Ivanka Trump decries ‘viciousness’ of Washington

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ivanka Trump said she did not expect the level of “viciousness” her father’s presidency would bring her, but also felt “blessed” by moments, including a private visit to the Western Wall.

“There is a level of viciousness that I was not expecting, I was not expecting the...
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Giarrusso installed as Temple Sinai president

Judge Robin M. Giarrusso was installed as the 48th president of Congregation Temple Sinai in public ceremonies on May 19. Giarrusso, who takes over from Bob Brinkman, begins the first of what is expected to be several one-year terms

Giarrusso, a native of Denver, came to New Orleans as a...
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2 US men charged with finding Israeli and American targets for Hezbollah

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Two men living in the U.S. have been charged for working for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

A release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan on Thursday said Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer El Debek, 37, were arrested on June 1 for providing material support to...
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