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As German authorities take on far-right extremists, Jews and others ask, ‘What took so long?’

By REBECCA SPIESS

BERLIN (JTA) — Following multiple high-profile attacks by far-right nationalists, German officials are ramping up their efforts against extremists in a move that Jewish leaders in Germany are carefully watching.

Both the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle last October and the assassination in June...
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Israel to build a rail line that that will run from Ben Gurion Airport to the Western Wall

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Transportation Ministry advanced plans on Monday to build a new train station that would directly connect Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The project, an extension of  recently opened Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high-speed line, will include a new 1.8 mile-long tunnel under...
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Conservative movement apologizes for list of innovative rabbis that featured only men

(JTA) — The Conservative movement’s congregational umbrella group apologized for publishing an article about innovative rabbis that only included men.

The article by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in the February issue of its Journeys publication featured five rabbis who “meet people where they are.” Among other things, the...
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Is 2020 really the year for America’s first Jewish president? As Sanders and Bloomberg surge, here are their paths to victory.

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg have much in common besides running for the Democratic nomination for president: They’re in their upper 70s, had hardscrabble upbringings and have had contentious relations with the party whose endorsement they now seek.

And both are seeking the chance...
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UC Berkeley student government votes down resolution condemning pro-Palestinian display

(JTA) — A student government committee at the University of California, Berkeley, voted down a resolution condemning a display by a pro-Palestinian student group.

The Associated Students of the University of California Senate’s University and External Affairs Committee met on Monday night to discuss the resolution presented by a Jewish...
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Cornel West uses Hebrew word ‘chesed’ at Bernie Sanders rally

(JTA) — Activist and Harvard professor Cornel West used the “chesed,” Hebrew for kindness, during a Bernie Sanders campaign event in New Hampshire.

“We got a deep Jewish brother named Bernie Sanders who is bringing us together,” West told the crowd Monday, a day before the state’s primary, which was...
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An unpopular Palestinian president and a disgraced former Israeli prime minister make the case for peace

 By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hasn’t negotiated directly with Israel in nearly six years and most Palestinians want him to step down. 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert served 16 months in prison for bribery and fraud in a corruption scandal that ended...
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Over 35 Booby-Trapped Balloons Launched Toward Israel

(TPS) – Gaza-based terrorists launched at least 35 bunches of balloons tied to explosive charges toward Israel on Monday, which landed and exploded at several locations in the southern portions of the country.

No injuries or damage were caused by the attacks

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned...
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Taika Waititi’s big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit Awards.

But this year’s Oscars...
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The National Archives got Ford to sponsor an Auschwitz exhibit. Henry Ford’s role in the Nazi machine was not mentioned.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The three-week exhibition at the National Archives showcased documents, video and a marquee sponsor, announced in large font on the banner at the National Archives: “This exhibit is paid for in part by the National Archives Foundation through the general support of the Ford...
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