Musical Shabbat Weekend at Anshe Sfard

Probably since the Second Temple era, Jewish rabbis long ago established that a musician could not play music on Shabbat. Unlike in the Reform world (and sometimes in the Conservative world), where music playing is an established aspect of worship, music is not permitted from sundown on Friday to Havdalah...
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Ilhan Omar’s tweets alienated her district’s Jews. Can they still work with her?


(JTA) — Jewish leaders in the Twin Cities were worried that Ilhan Omar had repeated an anti-Semitic stereotype. So about half a dozen of the Minnesotans met with her for two hours at a colleague’s home.

That was last year. Omar, at the time a Democratic state...
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Reported homophobic incidents in Israel increased by 54 percent in 2018, report finds


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Reported homophobic incidents in Israel increased by 54 percent in 2018 over the previous year, according to a new report.

The report by the Nir Katz Center on LGBT-phobia was delivered to President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday.

The center, named after Nir Katz, a...
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German shepherd receives cash reward for finding bodies of Israeli sisters missing in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A German shepherd received a cash reward offered by an Israeli family for finding two sisters who were missing in Argentina for two weeks. Ruca and her trainer Ayelen Castro received the more than $1,300 reward on Friday at the Sociedad Israelita de Beneficencia Jewish...
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Mardi Gras Mitzva Makers announces 40th parade

The 40th annual B’nai B’rith Mardi Gras Mitzva Makers Hospital Parade will get underway next Sunday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Touro Infirmary. Parade participants are urged to begin gathering at 9:30 at the Prytania Street entrance located at 3500 Prytania. 

Started as a project by the...
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Woman’s body, 19, found on outskirts of Jerusalem

Jerusalem (JTA) — The unclothed body of a young woman, identified as 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Thursday.

According to The Times of Israel, police described Ansbacher’s body, which was found in Ein Yael near the Biblical Zoo...
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Anti-Semitic incidents in UK hit record high for 3rd straight year

(JTA) — The number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in the United Kingdom rose to 1,652 in 2018, marking a new record for the third straight year.

The cases recorded in the annual report of the Community Security Trust, or CST, which is British Jewry’s largest watchdog on anti-Semitism, represented a...
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Israeli tank hits Hamas target in Gaza after rockets fired on southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli tank fire struck a Hamas military position in Gaza following a rocket attack on Israel.

A rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel late Wednesday night, triggering the Color Red alert system. A second alert was triggered minutes later but no rocket landed, leading to...
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Jailed ex-Arab Knesset member denied early parole; refuses to deny ties to terror group

(TPS) — Former Knesset Member (MK) Basel Ghattas, an Israeli-Arab lawmaker of the Joint Arab List, who is serving a two-year prison term after pleading guilty to charges that he had used his parliamentary immunity to help imprisoned terrorists, was denied early parole.

Ghattas was convicted in March 2017 of smuggling mobile phones...
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Upstate New York yeshiva set on fire and painted with swastikas

(JTA) — A yeshiva in upstate New York was set on fire and swastikas were spray painted on the building.

The incident at the Yeshiva Yoreh Deah, located on a former farm in White Sulphur Springs, occurred on Jan. 28 but was first reported by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News on...
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