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Rumor that a Los Angeles Chabad is fueling antifa gets brief White House amplification

By PHILLISA CRAMER and BEN SALES

(JTA) — A Los Angeles synagogue found itself having to deny misinformation about the George Floyd protests after a rumor spread — and was briefly amplified by the White House — that its security barriers were actually tools for looters.

Chabad of Sherman Oaks...
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98 Israeli rabbis fly to Argentina to certify thousands of tons of kosher meat and save a growing market

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A special flight from Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires brought 98 rabbis to certify thousands of tons of meat as kosher and help preserve the South American country’s Israeli kosher meat market amid the coronavirus crisis.

Under typical circumstances, as many as 15 Israeli rabbis...
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There are now 500,000 negative tweets about George Soros every day. Many claim he’s funding George Floyd protests.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Right-wing conspiracy theorists are increasingly claiming that George Soros is funding recent protests and riots across the United States in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, “aggressive language towards Soros has exploded on social media” this week. Negative tweets...
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Rabbis can be military chaplains in Germany for the first time since the 1930s

BERLIN (JTA) — Rabbis can be military chaplains again in the German military for the first time since they were kicked out by the Nazis in the 1930s, nearly a century ago.

The German Bundestag, or parliament, unanimously approved the move in a vote on Thursday. “The first clergymen are...
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Veterans Affairs department to reverse course and replace tombstones that have swastikas

By BEN HARRIS

(JTA) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will begin the process of replacing three gravestones bearing swastikas in cemeteries in Texas and Utah, less than a month after saying they would be preserved as “historic resources.”

The VA told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last...
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Slow down annexation process, Jared Kushner and other US officials tell Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a conference call with Jared Kushner and other top White House officials to discuss slowing down West Bank annexation plans, an Israeli TV station reported.

Channel 13  in its report Monday cited an unnamed senior Israeli source that the Trump administration...
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Governor Edwards announces Phase 2 to start on Friday

Governor John Bel Edwards announced in his daily press conference today, June 1,  in Baton Rouge that he will issue a proclamation, effective Friday, June 5, that moves the State of Louisiana into Phase 2 of the set of proposed restrictions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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MSJE pushes back opening date to first quarter of 2021

With tourism non-existent and residents still sheltering in place due to restrictions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the board of directors of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) have decided against opening the new museum’s doors in October, as they had been previously planned.

“Due...
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‘Believe us’: Black Jews respond to the George Floyd protests, in their own words

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — As Enzi Tanner participated in an online havdalah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat Saturday night, his city — Minneapolis — was being torn apart during a fifth night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody there last...
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Amid George Floyd protests, Trump called Antifa a terror organization. Here’s what you need to know about the anti-fascist group.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted that “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization. In a series of tweets, he has blamed Antifa for much of the property destruction accompanying the protests of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police. Trump did not...
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