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Latkes with a Twist event at NOCCA again

The sixth annual “Latkes with a Twist” Chanukah event presented by Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will be held in a familiar setting at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Art’s (NOCCA) Press Street Station in the  on Thursday, December 12.

Located at 5 Homer Plessy Way, Press Street...
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Speaking to Israeli-American group, Trump slams Jews who ‘don’t love Israel enough’

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA) — President Donald Trump slammed American Jews who he said did not sufficiently “love Israel.”

“So many of you voted for the people in the last administration. Some day you will have to explain that to me because I don’t think they like Israel...
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Gates of Prayer to install Rabbi ‘Lexi’ Erdheim tonight

Rabbi Alexis “Lexi” Erdheim will officially become installed at Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie as the congregation’s second assistant rabbi and the first under the rabbinate of Senior Rabbi David Gerber tonight.

Festivities begin at 5:45 tonight with family worship services commencing at 6:15 p.m. A Shabbat dinner will...
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Tufts to remove Sackler name from buildings and programs

(JTA) — Tufts University will remove the Sackler name from several buildings and programs on its medical campus.

The decision announced on Thursday came after an independent report slammed the school for taking gifts from the family. Tufts commissioned the study earlier this year after a lawsuit was filed against...
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Report: Iran stashing missiles in Iraq that can reach Israel

(JTA) — Iran is stockpiling short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq that can reach Israel, according to a New York Times report that cited American intelligence and military officials.

The hidden rockets are part of a larger effort by Iran to intimidate countries in the region and assert its power, the...
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13 countries vote against a UN General Assembly resolution against Israel for the first time

(JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly passed five resolutions against Israel, but for the first time, 13 countries switched their positions and voted against a pro-Palestine measure.

The five resolutions passed Tuesday are among 20 against Israel that the international body will vote on during the 74th session of...
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Norway’s ruling coalition wants to freeze aid to Palestinians over incitement

(JTA) — Parliament members in  Norway, one of the world’s main donors to the Palestinian Authority, demanded these contributions be suspended over incitement in school textbooks.

Members of the ruling coalition said in a statement Thursday that it is instructing the government to “reduce or withhold financial support to the...
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Israeli army inflated numbers of haredi Orthodox recruits

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The numbers of haredi Orthodox soldiers joining the Israeli army is lower than the numbers reported by the military.

The Israel Defense Forces says it’s because there was a change in the definition of a haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, recruit.

In 2017, the IDF said that 3,070 haredi...
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Israel is headed back to elections, says Lieberman

Yisrael Beiteinu Party leader Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel is headed to its third round of elections this year.

“Elections are coming,” Lieberman told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily in an interview. Unity talks had reached a dead end, he said, and he had decided against...
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Kamala Harris drops out of 2020 presidential race

(JTA) — Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, is dropping her presidential bid.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris, 54, told supporters in a message on Tuesday.

The former California attorney general had failed to gain steam among the crowded...
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