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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Metairie Chabad Center holds celebration for new sefer Torah

A new sefer Torah was officially dedicated at the Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metairie on Tuesday night, September 26. A crowd of approximately 150 turned out to welcome the new addition to the aron hakodesh (holy ark) at the center, making it the third sacred Torah scroll to be housed there.

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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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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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Three Israeli Arabs arrested for planning attack on Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israeli Arabs, including a 16-year-old, were arrested for planning a shooting on the Temple Mount.

The suspects, all from Umm al-Fahm, a city of mostly Israeli Arabs near Haifa in northern Israel, are supporters of the Islamic State, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, said...
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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.

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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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