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Christmas tree in Israeli mall called a ‘disgrace’ by Orthodox city official

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Ashdod mall put up a Christmas tree for the first time — that’s not sitting too well with the northern Israeli city’s haredi Orthodox deputy mayor.

“This is something intended to hurt anyone who identifies as Jewish,” Avi Amsalem said in a post...
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Here’s why the arrest of a Chinese tech mogul matters for Iran — and Israel

By RON KAMPEAS 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Canadian authorities, acting on a U.S. request, arrested a major Chinese tech mogul in Vancouver between flights on Dec. 1.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has already rattled U.S.-China, China-Canada and U.S.-Canada relations. China has demanded from the United States and Canada the release...
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Pregnant woman in critical condition and 6 others injured in West Bank terror attack

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A pregnant woman is in critical condition and six others are injured in a terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

Shots were fired from a passing car on Sunday night into a crowd of people waiting at a bus stop at the...
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JWV Ben Katz Post selects first woman officer

The Ben Katz Post # 580 of the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) of the United States of America elected its first woman officer, veteran Ms. Jacqueline “Jackie” Goldberg, as senior-vice post commander during elections this past Sunday, Dec. 2.

Judge Sol Gothard, ret., was re-elected as post commander, while Elliot...
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Latkes with a Twist has largest crowd ever

If one goes by the number of latkes made, tasted and eaten, this year’s “Latkes with a Twist” event at the Press Street Station was an overwhelming success.

The fundraiser for the Jewish Children’s Regional Service has always provided interesting choices for venues including a marketplace and several bar and...
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Federation, Schoenbaum team with St. Augustine for scholarships

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and St. Augustine High School, on behalf of philanthropist Emily Schoenbaum, announced the creation of the Alex Schoenbaum Jewish Scholarship Fund.

The fund named in honor Emily’s father, will be inaugurating the awarding of two $1,000 scholarships to two students at a ceremony on St. Augustine’s...
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Jewish centrists are leading the fight to keep Nancy Pelosi in charge

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to reclaim the House speaker’s job got a boost from a New Jersey Democrat, Josh Gottheimer, who is a leader of a bipartisan caucus called the Problem Solvers.

The second-term congressman comes from a tradition of centrism in which Jewish lawmakers and...
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Israeli special ops force was in Gaza for two months before its firefight with Hamas, report says

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — An Israeli special operations force caught last month in a firefight with Hamas had been in  Gaza for about two months before their cover was blown.

The team, which entered both through the Erez border crossing and through a breach in the security fence, had...
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Father whose daughter was killed at Parkland shooting kindles Chanukah lights at White House

BY JACKSON RICHMAN

(JNS.org) WASHINGTON — Ten months after losing their daughter Meadow in the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Andrew Pollack and his family stood alongside U.S. President Donald Trump as he lit the menorah on the fifth night of Chanukah, being celebrated...
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Cape Town synagogue set ablaze, four valuable Torah scrolls completely burned

 — Torah scrolls worth more than half a million dollars were burned and damaged in a fire on Tuesday night at the Arthurs Road synagogue in Cape Town, South Africa, the congregation’s rabbi, Sam Thurgood, announced on Wednesday.

The fire enabled the fall of the roof at what was...
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