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Los Angeles Jews take stock after George Floyd protests batter local institutions

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Graffiti on the walls of a synagogue read “Free Palestine” and “f*** Israel.” A statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis, was smeared with anti-Semitic slogans.

Along with the synagogues, Jewish-owned buildings and stores were defaced, in several...
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Synagogues in Los Angeles and Richmond vandalized during protests

(JTA) — A synagogue in Los Angeles was vandalized with graffiti reading “F**k Israel” and “Free Palestine” as protests against the police killing of George Floyd swept the city.

Also Saturday, the window of a synagogue in Richmond, Virginia, was smashed during protests in the city. Protests have continued for...
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Rabbi Norman Lamm, longtime head of Yeshiva University and prolific author, dies at 92

NEW YORK (JTA) – Norman Lamm, the prolific author and Modern Orthodox rabbi who headed Yeshiva University for nearly three decades, died Sunday. He was 92.

As president and chancellor of Y.U., Lamm helped rescue the institution from the financial brink in the late 1970s and rebuild it in the...
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Briann Shear takes over at president of N.O. Hadassah chapter via Zoom installation

Given the interesting times of the coronavirus pandemic, even mundane activities such as installations have taken on more grand stature than they might have enjoyed under less stressful times.

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah held its annual installation on Tuesday, May 26, and because it was held over...
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The coronavirus didn’t just upend Broadway — it put indie projects in limbo


(JTA) — Emma Seligman is trying to stay optimistic.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25-year-old came extremely close to fulfilling every film student’s fantasy: having her debut indie film played at coveted festivals and becoming an up-and-coming name to know in the industry.

Her film “Shiva Baby”...
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Rabbi Bauman co-chairs ‘Reimagine Louisiana;’ urges massive online social action response on Tuesday


Even before she became a member of the rabbinate, Touro Synagogue Senior Rabbi Katie Bauman had been socially active. From her awareness of  the Jewish term tikkun olam (“repairing the world”) while a youngster growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas and to her later involvement at Henry...
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Synagogues demur as Trump demands that states let houses of worship reopen


(JTA) — President Donald Trump wants synagogues and other houses of worship to open their doors — but many Jewish leaders say his pressure won’t affect their timelines. The president went on the offensive Friday, telling governors that he would override them to require...
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Joe Biden to Jewish donors: ‘I do not support annexation,’ will reverse Trump policies on Israel and the Palestinians


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Biden said that as president he would reverse Trump administration policies that have led to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

“I do not support annexation,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee told Jewish donors on Tuesday during a fundraising webinar....
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Conservative movement allows livestreaming on Shabbat and holidays during pandemic


(JTA) — The Conservative movement issued a ruling allowing congregations to livestream services on Shabbat and holidays during the coronavirus pandemic.

Noting the “unprecedented time” brought on by the virus, the movement’s Jewish law authorities voted Wednesday to allow livestreaming with a number of caveats, including that...
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2019 saw the most anti-Semitic incidents in at least 40 years, ADL says

(JTA)— Last year saw the most anti-Semitic incidents in the United States since at least 1979, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The 2,107 incidents recorded in 2019 reflect a 12% increase and are more than double the 942 incidents recorded just four years earlier, in 2015. It’s the highest number...
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