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Ned Goldberg set to retire from JCRS after distinguished career

Ned Goldberg, who, since 1988, has served as executive director of the Jewish Regional Children’s Service (JCRS), an agency that serves a seven-state area in the Mid-South, will be retiring in early 2022.

Since relocating from from South Florida, Goldberg has become the public face of JCRS, overseeing the organization as it expanded its existing programs intended to help special needs children and to provide financial relief for Jewish families...

Republicans urge education secretary to enforce civil rights protections for Jewish students

By DMITRY SHAPIRO

– A group of 19 Republican members of Congress on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona highlighting rampant anti-Semitism at American colleges and universities, and urging him to apply Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect Jewish students as it would towards racist actions against other minorities.

The effort to put together and send the letter was...

Netanyahu’s political party says his claims of ‘election fraud’ are different from Trump’s

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that his rivals are perpetrating the “greatest electoral fraud in the history of the country,” he’s not actually talking about voter fraud or negating a peaceful transfer of power, his Likud party said.

In a series of tweets in English Thursday, Likud sought to dispel the idea that Netanyahu was casting doubt on the actual results of the...

After Jewish groups are left out of Blinken’s Israel briefing, the White House promises to hire a Jewish liaison

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When the veteran Jewish leaders logged onto a call to hear from the secretary of state about his trip to Israel, many were surprised by the guest list.

While many of the groups typically present on such calls were represented, so was an official from the Holocaust museum here. What, they thought, did he have to do with Middle East peace?

They were more...

Ilhan Omar clarifies remarks on Hamas, US and Israel, but not before condemning Jewish lawmakers’ demand for a clarification

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — After a dozen Jewish Democrats in Congress asked Rep. Ilhan Omar to clarify remarks in which she grouped Hamas and the Taliban with the United States and Israel, she complied — but not before she got something off her chest.

An insinuation in the request that she was covering for terrorists was Islamophobic, Omar said in a tweet, and she exhorted her colleagues to...

Headstones smashed at Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine and Romania

(JTA) — In two separate incidents, a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in Romania and Ukraine.

The Center for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism in Romania-MCA reported Sunday about the incident in the town of Ploesti, located about 50 miles north of Bucharest. Multiple headstones, some as recent as 2009, were knocked over. Several were smashed.

On Thursday, at least 10 of the 60 headstones in the Jewish cemetery of Radvanka, a...

Israeli haredi publication blurs face of Labor Party’s female leader

(JTA) — A haredi Orthodox publication in Israel published a photo on its website Monday that blurs the face of the Labor Party’s leader, Merav Michaeli.

Bechadrei Charedim did not explain its decision on the photo, which was used with a story about Israel’s incoming government, but the reason was likely because Michaeli is a woman.

Haredi Orthodox publications have blurred, photoshopped or otherwise excluded photos of women from their...

Arson suspected outside German synagogue

(JTA) — An unidentified individual is believed to have started a fire outside a synagogue in the city of Ulm in Germany, resulting in superficial damage to the building’s exterior.

The suspected arson Saturday in Ulm, which is situated about 70 miles northwest of Munich, did not damage the building’s interior because a witness called firefighters who arrived on the scene within minutes and extinguished the flame, Deutsche Welle reported....

National WWII Museum lists D-Day activities today

The National World War II Museum, originally founded as the National D-Day Museum, will be holding virtual and in-person events throughout the day.

Activities recalling  the 77th anniversary of the historic landing on the beaches of Normandy and the 21st anniversary of the founding of the museum will commence at 9:00 a.m. when the museum opens its doors.

Scarf giveaways for veterans from the Knit Your Bit collective, an association...

JCRS conducting Chanukah gifts campaign

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will be providing Chanukah gifts to Jewish youth from families who are experiencing financial difficulties in seven state area. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Each child or youth receives eight small gifts: one for each night of Chanukah. Gifts are selected, and assigned to applicants as early as June. Families indicate on the gift application their children’s general...