Mollye P. Smolkin services set for Tuesday, Dec. 19

MOLLYE PLOTKA SMOLKIN, a former office manager in a successful and nationally-recognized real estate consulting firm and a homemaker, died Thursday, December 14 at Woldenberg Village. She was 92.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, she married her childhood sweetheart at the age of 19 as a war bride.  Following her...
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Conservative movement severs ties with former youth director over alleged sexual abuse


( — The congregational arm of Conservative Judaism has severed ties with the longtime director of the denomination’s youth movement after receiving “multiple testimonies” that corroborated an allegation of sexual abuse.

Allegations about Jules Gutin, 67, who in 2011 completed his 20-year tenure as international director...
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Anti-Semitism rampant among Muslim refugees in Germany, study finds

BERLIN (JTA) — Anti-Semitism among Muslim refugees is rampant and requires urgent attention, a new study suggests.

But the study commissioned by the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin also suggests that refugees from persecuted minority communities are more likely to take a stand against anti-Semitism...
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Israel’s intelligence affairs minister proposes Saudi-led peace negotiations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz proposed that Saudi Arabia sponsor new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in an interview with a Saudi newspaper.

In the wide-ranging interview published Wednesday on the Elaph website, Katz said he would be willing to join in negotiations initiated by Saudi Arabia, indicating that the American...
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Why Jewish day schools are breathing a little easier on tax bill


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lawmakers finalizing the proposed tax overhaul reportedly have removed a provision that had sent shivers through the graduate student and Jewish day school communities.

The House version of the reform bill, which was drafted by the Republican leadership, had removed the qualified tuition credit....
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Abbas says Palestinians refuse US role in peace process over Jerusalem recognition

(JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will no longer allow the United States to have a role in the peace process due to President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“It will be unacceptable for it to have a role in the political...
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Congress will miss its deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran deal. What happens next?


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two months ago, President Donald Trump triggered a deadline about to come due on the Iran nuclear deal by decertifying Iran’s compliance. That meant Congress had 60 days to reimpose sanctions.

Sixty days later — on Dec. 12 — Congress is not about to...
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Debates with Israel weigh on Reform movement’s largest-ever gathering


BOSTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel became an unexpected agenda item as 6,000 members of the Reform movement from across North America gathered here for their four-day convention.

Addressing the Union for Reform Judaism’s 2017 biennial on Friday,...
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JCRS to host 4th ‘Latkes with a Twist’ party at Little Gem Saloon tonight

For the fourth year in a row, the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) is holding its popular Latkes with a Twist event on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.. This year the new venue is The Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart Street, a historic site important in the...
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IDF destroys Palestinian terror tunnel that stretched into southern Israel

( —The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday announced that it had destroyed a large cross-border attack tunnel constructed by the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas. 

The terror tunnel stretched 984 feet into southern Israel from the city of Khan Younis in Gaza and was originally uncovered by the IDF...
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