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Full scope of Beirut disaster ‘still not understood,’ states former Israeli military intelligence chief

– A day after two blasts—one of them an enormous mushroom cloud—ripped through Beirut, causing untold destruction, it’s still not possible to grasp the true scope of the calamity, a former Israeli Military Intelligence chief has said.

Speaking by video conference to journalists, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin,...
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The pandemic’s first High Holiday season has synagogues wondering: Will people pay dues?


(JTA) — Like many synagogues, Temple B’nai Hayim used to rely on the High Holiday season to survive financially.

The small Conservative synagogue in Southern California would receive the lion’s share of its revenue in the run-up to the holidays: Members sent in their annual dues, which...
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We spoke with Jewish Currents about Seth Rogen, young Jews and that Peter Beinart essay


WOODMERE, N.Y. (JTA) — When the magazine Jewish Currents published an essay by Peter Beinart titled “Yavne: A Jewish Case for Equality in Israel-Palestine” earlier this month, it sent shockwaves through the corner of the Jewish world in which the future of Israel is hotly debated.

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‘He told me to call him Cube’: ZOA chief Mort Klein details his talk with Ice Cube after Farrakhan tweets


(JTA) – Mort Klein didn’t know much about Ice Cube when he got on the phone with him on Monday afternoon, but by the end of their two-hour conversation, Klein said he was convinced the rapper was not anti-Semitic.

In fact, the president of the right-wing Zionist...
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‘A matter of life or death’: Jewish groups sound alarm on protecting the right to vote by mail


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Jamie Raskin’s warning to top Jewish Democratic leaders was stark: The war that President Donald Trump and Republicans have declared on the U.S. Post Office is a threat to American democracy.

“There’s a war on vote by mail, which we call voting from...
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John Lewis and the Jews: 6 moments that showcase an enduring alliance


WASHINGTON (JTA) — When John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, died at 80 over the weekend, Jews in America and abroad lost an ally of nearly six decades.

Lewis never tired of telling folks to “get into good trouble,” to defy the authorities...
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UPDATE: Cybersecurity survey, training course offered

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

While the real threat of anti-Semitism and public attacks at synagogues and at other highly visible targets has captured news headlines in recent years, the concept of improving cybersecurity and possible attacks directed towards Jewish businesses through computers and other devices has yet...
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Bari Weiss, opinion editor with anti-Semitism focus, resigns from The New York Times


(JTA) — Bari Weiss, the Jewish opinion writer and editor who has been a lightning rod for left-wing critics, has resigned from the New York Times.

The author of a much-discussed recent book on anti-Semitism (“How to Fight Anti-Semitism“), Weiss announced her resignation in a blistering letter...
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Shir Chadash makes decision to use tech for High Holidays


Faced with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the looming possibility that public gatherings of more than 50 individuals might still be banned by Jefferson Parish officials during the time of the High Holidays, Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation has for the first time in its history decided to...
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Tiffany Woolf captures last major Carl Reiner interview

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

A former Tulane University student, Tiffany Woolf snagged the last major interview with comedian Carl Reiner before the comic master and TV producer died this week at the age of 98.

Woolf, who attended Tulane University form 1989-91 before transferring, is a resident...
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