Natalie Portman has ‘fallen into hands of BDS supporters,’ says Israeli culture minister

(JTA) — Israel’s culture minister said actress Natalie Portman has “fallen like a ripe fruit into the hands of the BDS movement supporters” over her refusal to come to Israel to receive an award.

Miri Regev’s assertion Friday about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and Portman, an...
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NJC Rabbi Deborah Zecher to belt ‘Broadway Bible’

Rabbi Deborah Zecher, the rabbi who serves the Northshore Jewish Congregation in Mandeville, is preparing a special concert tonight in lieu of regular worship services.

An accomplished cabaret performer, Zecher studied at the National Cabaret Conference at Yale University under the legendary Erv Rable. 

She is presenting...
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JCC honors Israel at 70 with celebration on Sunday

The Yom Haatzmaut celebration was held in Israel earlier in the week, but the Jewish Community Center wants everyone in New Orleans to have an opportunity to join in the gaiety with a community-wide gathering on Sunday, April 22.

Beginning at 12 noon, the Uptown JCC at 5342 St. Charles...
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Brooklyn synagogue pulls its money out of Chase bank to promote climate change. Will others follow suit?


NEW YORK (JTA) —  Congregation Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is removing its savings from JPMorgan Chase, making it the first U.S. synagogue to publicly divest from a bank or other corporation “to explicitly oppose the funding of fossil fuel and other related...
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2 Palestinians reported killed in latest Gaza Strip demonstrations

(JTA) — Two Palestinians have been reported killed by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip during riots near the border with Israel.

Some 3,000 people participated in the protests Friday, according to Ynet, significantly fewer than when the protests started several weeks ago.

A 25-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead in the northern...
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How a Jewish civil rights group became a villain on the far left


(JTA) — When Starbucks announced that it would close its U.S. stores for one day to conduct anti-bias training for employees, seeking the expertise of the Anti-Defamation League seemed unsurprising.

It’s the most prominent group in the country fighting anti-Semitism, and it also opposes bigotry of all...
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Genesis Prize cancels ceremony after 2018 winner Natalie Portman said she won’t visit Israel

(JTA) — The Genesis Prize announced it was canceling its prize ceremony in Israel in June after 2018 recipient Natalie Portman said she would not take part in light of “recent events.”

On Thursday, the Genesis Prize Foundation, which awards what it calls the “Jewish Nobel,” said it was...
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Palestinian driving explosives-laden truck stopped from entering Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man was arrested trying to enter Israel through a West Bank checkpoint with a truck carrying “powerful” explosives.

On Wednesday, security guards found the explosives embedded in the truck’s air conditioning system during a routine check of its roof. The vehicle, which was attempting to...
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Israel remembers its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A siren sounded throughout Israel as people and cars came to a halt at the start of Israel’s Memorial Day.

At the start of Yom Hazikaron on Tuesday night, the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, had a message for the troops.

“On this...
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Barbara Bush was ‘gold standard’ for first ladies, Republican Jewish Coalition says upon her passing

(JTA) – Barbara Bush “was the gold standard for what it means to be First Lady,” the Republican Jewish Coalition said following her passing Tuesday night in Houston.

The wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, as well as the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, died...
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