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Biden and Lapid jointly pledge to deny Iran weapons, but they diverge on the details

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

JERUSALEM (JTA) — After releasing a joint statement that demonstrates unity on the need to counter the Iranian nuclear threat, U.S. president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid gave statements that demonstrate radical differences in their approach to doing so.

The document released on Thursday, the second day of Biden’s visit to Israel, is a 1,500-word statement titled “The Jerusalem Declaration on the US-Israel Strategic...

President Biden arrives in Israel to red carpet welcome

By ALAN SMASON

President Joseph Biden made his first official visit to Israel as president on Wed., July 13, landing at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. On his 13th trip to Israel, Biden was greeted by Israeli President Issac Herzog, Prime Minister Yair Lapid and former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in front of  a large contingent of Israeli military forces and a red carpet welcome on the tarmac.

Following...

Laser beams, Saudis and the ‘Jewish Olympics’: A preview of Biden’s Israel trip

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Joe Biden’s trip to Israel this week, his first as U.S. president, might look on paper like a quick stopover: just two days meeting with Israeli leaders and one day with Palestinian leaders.

But with a day in Saudi Arabia tacked on — a country that Biden had once vowed to make a “pariah” in the region — the trip’s significance in a dramatically evolving...

Rabbi Scott Hoffman returns to New Orleans and his ‘former’ synagogue

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Rabbi Scott Hoffman still has many warm memories of his first pulpit rabbinate and the city of New Orleans. After all, it was where he worked in the early 1990s, fresh from his recent ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

Back then, the married, 27-year-old rabbi had been hired to work at Chevra Thilim, the former New Orleans Orthodox...

In Highland Park’s Jewish community, few are untouched by deadly mass shooting

By LESLIE HIRSCHFELD and ANDREW LAPIN 

HIGHLAND PARK, IL. (JTA and Jewish Chicago: The JUF Magazine) – Bright Bowls was open for July 4 in Highland Park’s main commercial district, and its owners, Lindsay and Matt Meltzer, were prepared for a busy day.

Lindsay had left her job at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago to open her dream business, a vegetarian smoothie shop and wellness studio, in June...

UPDATE: 7 killed at July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — A klezmer band was playing when a mass shooting interrupted a Fourth of July parade in a suburb of Chicago on Monday, killing five people on the scene  and sending dozens more to local hospitals. The death toll went up to seven when one of the hospitalized victims died shortly after the shooting on Monday and another man shot in the head, died on Tuesday. 

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Investigation into death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh proves inconclusive

– An Israeli team that conducted ballistic analysis tests on the bullet that killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh reached inconclusive results, according to a statement released by the Israel Defense Forces on Monday.

“The physical condition of the bullet does not allow for a conclusive determination regarding the source of fire that led to the death of the journalist,” the statement said.

“This past Saturday, the United...

Leading Orthodox groups cheered the end of Roe v. Wade. Many Orthodox women are panicking.

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pam Scheininger and J. David Bleich have this much in common: They are Orthodox Jews who are preoccupied with Jewish ethics and teach at New York City law schools.

But when Scheininger looks at an American map, she sees 16 states where Orthodox Jewish women would not be able to have an abortion otherwise sanctioned by Jewish law. Bleich sees a different number —...

Yair Lapid becomes Israeli prime minister with congratulations from Biden

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Ahead of his first presidential visit to Israel, Joe Biden congratulated Yair Lapid on becoming prime minister on Thursday, following the resignation of his predecessor Naftali Bennett.

“Congratulations to @YairLapid, Israel’s new Prime Minister, and thank you to Alternate Prime Minister @NaftaliBennett for your friendship over the past year. I look forward to seeing you both in July to celebrate the unbreakable U.S.-Israel partnership,” Biden...

Following bitter debate, Ben & Jerry’s owner reaches deal to keep ice cream in Israel and the West Bank

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) – After nearly a year of legal and financial battles, Ben & Jerry’s will continue to be made and sold in Israel and the West Bank, as its parent company Unilever announced Tuesday it had reached an agreement with its current Israeli licensee to assume ownership of the brand in the region.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Unilever is selling its Israel business interest...