• Fire devastates Israeli community founded by Shlomo Carlebach

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is on red alert over outbreaks of fires across the country, some on a massive scale. At least one community, founded by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, has been burned to the ground.

    Fires on Thursday were out of control in the Jerusalem area, near Hebron and in the center of the country. There has been a full mobilization of firefighters across the country as well as calls for assistance from volunteer firefighters.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening ordered his government ministers to request foreign assistance to put out the blazes, including air...
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  • Al Sharpton admits to using ‘cheap’ rhetoric about Jews


    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Al Sharpton appealed to Reform Jews for a united front in facing down anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bias and acknowledged his role in stoking division, recounting how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow reprimanded him for his “cheap” rhetoric.

    The civil...
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    Viorst mused about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad eighties

    By NICHOLAS HAMBURGER, Exclusive to the CCJN

    Judith Viorst famously chronicled childhood with a series of picture books, most notably the acclaimed “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and a pair of poetry collections, one of which is titled “Sad Underwear.”

    But in recent years, Viorst has...
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Current News

Most American Jews are concerned about anti-Semitism and disapprove of Trump, survey finds


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A survey of American Jews showed continued disapproval of President Donald Trump, with anti-Semitism high and Israel low on the priority list for Jewish voters. The survey, conducted for a liberal-leaning Jewish organization, the...
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Indiana man sentenced to 3 years in prison for vandalizing synagogue

(JTA) — An Indiana man sympathetic to Nazism and white supremacy was sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the property of a suburban Indianapolis synagogue.

Nolan Brewer, 21, of Eminence, was sentenced Monday for conspiring...
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Al Jazeera suspends 2 journalists for video questioning Holocaust

(JTA) — The Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it.”

On Sunday, the Qatar-based network distanced itself from the Arabic-language video...
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Breaking News

Palestinians officially reject economic summit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization made it official: They will not be attending the Trump administration’s economic summit next month in Bahrain. The Palestinians said they were not consulted on the plan to hold the...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: Sorry, Rashida Tlaib – Israel was not a consolation prize after the Holocaust


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Recent assertions made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib regarding the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel have no foundation in the historical record.

In this imagined version of history, after the Holocaust, the Jews...
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