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


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


(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. 


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.


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


(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


(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...

‘After Shabbat, we will act’: American Jews gear up for wave of post-Roe activism


WASHINGTON (JTA) — An array of Jewish groups across the country are kickstarting into action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that had enshrined the right to an abortion in the United States.

The 6-3 decision released Friday has many Jewish activists buzzing about how to respond to the bombshell ruling that they find a...

A 5th Israeli election in 3 years? Here’s how we got here and what happens next.


(JTA) — It has become a common refrain: Israel is heading towards another national election. A whopping five times since 2019, to be exact.

On Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, the two men who had cobbled together a historically diverse coalition to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power a year ago, announced that they will help fast-track a bill to...

Sandy Koufax honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — For Jewish sports fans around the world, Sandy Koufax has for decades occupied an unmatched legendary status. 

Now, 57 years after the Hall of Fame pitcher sat out a World Series game to observe Yom Kippur, Koufax has officially been immortalized with a statue at Dodger Stadium — next to his former teammate, Jackie Robinson.

The Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled the Koufax statue...

White House announces President Biden will visit Israel, Middle East


In a statement by White House Press Secretary Karine-Jean Pierre, it was announced that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will visit the Middle East region from July 13-16 including to Israel.

The reason for the trip Pierre said is “to reinforce the United States’ iron-clad commitment to Israel’s security and prosperity and attend a Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan (known as...