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Dr. Mark Sands to speak via Zoom on ‘Crazy’ talk March 4

Child psychiatrist Dr. Mark Sands will be the key speaker at an event co-sponsored by the Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah. 

Titled “How To Deal with Crazy: Yours, Mine and Ours!” the talk will be held on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m via a Zoom link, which can be accessed on the calendar at the Shir Chadash website.

Dr. Sands...

Biden authorizes air strikes in Syria on Iranian-backed targets

(JTA) — President Joe Biden ordered an airstrike on Iranian-backed militias in Syria, his first military action.

The strike Thursday at a point near Syria’s border with Iraq was in retaliation for a Feb. 15 rocket attack on a U.S.-led military base near Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, that killed a civilian contractor who was not a U.S. citizen and wounded an American serviceperson. Iranian-backed militias are...

Is Bonne Maman an anti-Nazi jam? The internet wants to think so.

(JTA) — The heartwarming story has been hard to miss: A law professor is shopping at his local grocery store when sees an elderly woman struggling to get her favorite jam from a high shelf. Why is it her favorite? “I am a Holocaust survivor,” she says. “During the war, the family that owns the company hid my family in Paris.”

Tens of thousands of people — at least — have shared the...

ADL, SCN sign agreement to protect Jewish Americans


According to the most recent annual audit by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the year 2019 registered the highest number of threats on record for anti-Semitic incidents. This does not include the recent attack and violence at the Capitol on January 6, an insurrection at which the ADL identified more than 200 right-wing extremists participating, including one rioter wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt.

With such a...

What Jewish comedians made of Michael Che’s Israel Joke

(JTA) — It’s almost Purim, which means I am busy writing jokes that poke fun at the stuff we do and obsess about as Jews without offending too many people. Not always easy, and that’s when I am writing for an audience that I know extremely well.

Now imagine writing Jewish jokes outside the bubble. “Saturday Night Live” found out the hard way after a joke about Israel went viral for...

Netanyahu calls Pelosi to discuss Israel’s COVID response as some Democrats offer criticism


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker, spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Israel’s COVID-19 response at a time that Israel is under pressure to extend its vaccination program to Palestinians in the West Bank.

“Today, I spoke with [the Israeli prime minister] to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations and Congress’s unwavering support for a safe and secure Israel,”...

Israel delivers thousands of vaccines to Palestinians after facing international pressure

(JTA) — Israel has delivered thousands of coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian Authority, the Czech Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras, joining a number of other countries that are successfully vaccinating their populations and are now assisting others with their surpluses.

Israel had come under criticism for not extending its successful vaccine program to Palestinians in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Israeli officials have said that under prior agreements and international...

Jewish Trump aide considering challenge to Ohio Republican who voted for impeachment

(JTA) — Max Miller, a scion of a philanthropic Jewish Cleveland-area family and a former aide to Donald Trump, is considering challenging one of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.

Miller, 32, confirmed to the Cleveland Jewish News on Monday that he was considering a run against Anthony Gonzalez, who currently represents Ohio’s 16th District, which includes some of Cleveland’s suburbs.

“I have yet to make a decision if...

Both the AJC, ZOA want ‘Saturday Night Live’ to apologize for vaccine joke

(JTA) — The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is circulating a petition asking “Saturday Night Live” to apologize for a joke that suggested Israel is vaccinating only its Jewish population. Late Sunday, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) also issued a demand for an apology and went so far as to ask that the writer of the joke be terminated.

“Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population, and...

Shlomo Hillel, who spearheaded mass aliya of Iraqi Jews, dies at 97

(JTA) — Shlomo Hillel’s life spanned the length and breadth of Israel’s immigrant story and he played a critical role in many of its chapters.

Hillel, who died Feb. 8 at 97, helped smuggle Iraqi Jewish immigrants into pre-state British Mandate Palestine and then brought more in in the state’s first years. His family fled Iraq’s horrors and he married a woman fleeing Europe’s horrors. His son married an Ethiopian...