Avital Ostfield named new director of education at Temple Sinai

Avital Ostfield, most recently associated with a Conservative synagogue in suburban St. Louis, MO., has been named Temple Sinai’s new director of education, effective August 1, 2018.

Ostfield, a native of Israel who speaks fluent Hebrew, was recently the director of education at Congregation B’nai Amoona in Creve Couer , considered...
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Stephen Miller’s uncle calls him an ‘immigration hypocrite’

(JTA) — The uncle of Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has accused his nephew of being an “immigration hypocrite” who supports policies that would have condemned his own Jewish family to death if they had been enacted a century ago.

Writing in Politico, Miller’s maternal uncle...
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Palestinian flags fly in Tel Aviv as Arabs protest controversial nation-state law

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs, some waving Palestinian flags, gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening to protest the recent passage of Israel’s nation-state bill enshrining the state’s Jewish character.

At a protest organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, an umbrella group...
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Liz Yager named Temple Sinai executive director

Temple Sinai has formally announced the selection of  Liz Yager as its next executive director. Yager takes over the position from EllenRae Shallet, who recently retired.

Yager has had considerable experience for more than three decades in New Orleans as an executive skilled in marketing and non-profit management. She comes to Temple...
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Shir Chadash releases figures for Nearly New Sale

Final figures were released by Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation earlier today with regard to the Nearly New Sale held in July. More than 100 individual volunteers for the synagogue, including several who were children and others who were non-congregants, raised over $30,000 for the synagogue.

In addition to the fundraiser...
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Birthright co-founder Charles Bronfman says if young Jews want to criticize Israel, they should pay their own way

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said that young Jews are free to criticize Israel — but not while enjoying a free trip.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech....
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The latest clashes between Israel and Hamas may have started because of a mistake


(JTA) — Israel and Hamas may be headed toward yet another war in Gaza. By accident.

The last two days have seen clashes ratchet up between the two sides, who have fought three wars in the past decade. The last Gaza war, in 2014, was particularly devastating: Some 2,100...
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Jewish businessman loses to Trump-backed pick in Michigan Senate Republican primary


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sandy Pensler, a Jewish businessman once considered a shoo-in for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Michigan, lost to a candidate who was provided a significant boost by President Donald Trump.

John James, 37, a businessman and former Air Force pilot, was doing...
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Study finds anti-Israel incidents ‘far more likely’ to contribute to hostile campus environment


 — With the summer winding down and students preparing to head back to campus this fall, a new study highlights the evolving threats Jewish and pro-Israel students will face in the upcoming school year.

According to a new comprehensive study by the AMCHA Initiative, a non-partisan...
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Israelis injured as army says 70 rockets fired from Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) —  Rockets fired from Gaza on Wednesday evening landed in southern Israel, causing injuries and damaging property.

Magen David Adom told The Jerusalem Post that it had treated 16 people for injuries, three of whom were evacuated to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. The Israeli army said in a post...
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