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Zeta slams New Orleans

By ALAN SMASON

Hurricane Zeta came roaring across Southeast Louisiana like a freight train with winds of more than 100 m.p.h. registered near Port Fouchon and Golden Meadow prior to its heaviest winds heading into the city of New Orleans.

Moving forward towards the northwest at more than 22 m.p.h., the system brought signficant rainstorms with it, but because of the speed of the storm and its track northward, flooding...

Almost all American Jews say anti-Semitism is a problem, according to a new poll. Half of Americans don’t know what it means.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Nearly half of Americans don’t know what the phrase “anti-Semitism” means.

That’s one takeaway from two surveys published Monday by the American Jewish Committee. The surveys asked Jews and the general American public about anti-Semitism in the United States.

The Jewish survey found that a large majority of Jews consider anti-Semitism a problem, and that most see it as a problem on the right and...

Amy Coney Barrett sworn in to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hours after she was confirmed in a narrow party-line vote in the U.S. Senate, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in at the White House as a Supreme Court justice.

Barrett, a conservative Roman Catholic who replaces Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal Jewish justice who died last month, was sworn in Monday evening by Justice Clarence Thomas at an event where President Donald Trump presided.

Barely an hour...

In an Arab first, Bahraini institution joins with State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the US State Department to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel.

The memorandum of understanding, signed Thursday in Washington, D.C., marks the first time an Arab country has embraced a key Trump administration agenda item, to get countries to include anti-Zionism and some forms of harsh criticism of Israel in their definitions of anti-Semitism. It...

JDC names Ariel Zwang as its first woman CEO

For the first time in its more than a century of service to the worldwide Jewish community, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced the selection of a woman, Ariel Zwang, as its CEO.

Zwang, a highly visible Jewish figure in New York, will be leaving her present post as CEO of Safe Horizon, the former Victim Services Agency, a social services agency that sheltered and protected victims of...

Citing Khartoum Resolution, Netanyahu praises Sudan-Israel normalization

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took an opportunity on Friday to emphasize the historical significance of the announcement that Sudan and the State of Israel would be normalizing relations with each other.

“Today we announce another dramatic breakthrough for peace, another Arab state joining the circle of peace. This time, it is normalization between Israel and Sudan. What a great turnaround!” Netanyahu proclaimed. 

He recalled the 1967 Arab Summit held...

Ivanka Trump visits the tomb of the Lubavitcher Rebbe as election nears

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump visited the tomb of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, as an election approaches that could oust her father from the presidency or give him another four years.

Smartphone video posted on social media captured President Donald Trump’s daughter emerging, masked, on Thursday night from the “ohel,” a modest structure in Queens where Schneerson is buried with his father-in-law. The structure is adjacent to a...

For the first time ever, Stockholm has a Swedish-born rabbi

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — The rabbis who work in Stockholm usually speak very little Swedish and are unfamiliar with Swedish culture.

That’s because the Jewish community in Sweden — around 15,000 people out of the country’s total population of 10 million — is small enough that they usually need to import rabbis from elsewhere. While that is the case in many European and other countries with small Jewish populations, Sweden...

Alexander Treisman, accused of plotting to kill Joe Biden, is son of prominent Jewish attorney once called ‘Schindler for Tibetans’

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — The 19-year-old man alleged to have plotted to kill Joe Biden was the son of a prominent Jewish attorney who helped broker the first meeting between a U.S. president and the Dalai Lama.

News broke Friday about the May arrest of Alexander Hillel Treisman, a teenager who a court document says had purchased an automatic rifle and traveled to multiple states, and who allegedly had...

Adam Schiff says Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise ‘amplify’ anti-Semitism. He also wants to crack down on social media.

(JTA) — During the past week, Rep. Adam Schiff’s opponent falsely accused him of being related to George Soros, the Jewish Democratic mega-donor who is a constant target of right-wing criticism.

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Schiff said the Soros meme fit into a pattern of bigotry condoned by the very top of the Republican party. Schiff accused not only President Donald Trump but Republican congressional leaders...