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Jewish professor who quit MIT over its handling of antisemitism accepts post at Yeshiva University

By LUKE TRESS

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — A Jewish professor who resigned from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology over its handling of antisemitism has started teaching at New York’s Yeshiva University.

Mauricio Karchmer, a computer scientist, announced last month that he was quitting as an MIT professor after five years. He attributed his decision to the university’s response to antisemitism following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

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Prominent Jewish book-ban advocate says Florida’s crackdown on ‘frivolous challenges’ won’t deter him

By ANDREW LAPIN

(JTA) – After two years of Florida schools making headlines for pulling Anne Frank’s diary, “Schindler’s List,” Saul Bellow novels and other Jewish books, Ron DeSantis has conceded that his state’s book challenge policy has gone too far.

DeSantis, the governor and former Republican presidential candidate, pinned the blame not on the policy itself but on activists who he said have made excessive use of the regulations.

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Congressional committee issues subpoenas to Harvard, stepping up investigation into campus antisemitism

By LUKE TRESS

(JTA) — A congressional committee is subpoenaing Harvard University leaders to demand documents related to the university’s handling of antisemitism.

The subpoenas, announced Friday, signal that the House investigation remains focused on discrimination against Jews and Israelis at Harvard. It comes more than a month after Harvard President Claudine Gay resigned following congressional testimony in which she declined to say whether the school prohibits calling for the...

Instagram removes accounts for leading NYC pro-Palestinian activist group Within Our Lifetime 

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Within Our Lifetime, perhaps the most visible pro-Palestinian activist group in New York City, said on Friday that Instagram had permanently disabled its accounts, depriving it of a major platform for organizing protests.

Within Our Lifetime’s main account and a backup page, each of which had tens of thousands of followers, both appeared to be inactive, as did two pages belonging to founder...

Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ad about antisemitismfeatured MLK speechwriter Clarence Jones

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — An icon of Black history took center stage in an ad placed by the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism on Sunday night’s Super Bowl LVIII, estimated to be viewed by 100 million people.

Robert Kraft’s foundation launched the “#StandUptoJewishHate” campaign last year to raise awareness about antisemitism and the importance of opposing it. It aired a commercial during the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and...

NJ man faces life in prison after pleading guilty to 2022 spree of violent antisemitic attacks

By LUKE TRESS

(New York Jewish Week d) — A man has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes for a spree of violent attacks against Jews in a heavily Orthodox area of New Jersey.

In April 2022, Dion Marsh perpetrated a series of attacks against Orthodox Jews in and around Lakewood, a city in central New Jersey that is a hub of Orthodox Jewish life. The victims were recognizable as...

This under-the-radar Westchester charity manages funding for hardline pro-Palestinian groups

By LUKE TRESS

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — When a planned rally seeking to “globalize the intifada” descends on Columbia University on Friday, it will be because a group called Within Our Lifetime brought its supporters to the campus to protest against the school’s suspension of pro-Palestinian groups.

The group has become known in recent months for its frequent marches and disruptive protests endorsing Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion...

Conservative movement maintains its ban on officiating at intermarriages but urges its rabbis to engage more with interfaith families

By JACOB GURVIS

(JTA) — The Conservative movement will continue to prohibit its rabbis from performing interfaith weddings, according to a landmark report issued Monday. 

But it recommends an array of changes — ranging from new rituals to updated hiring regulations — that aim to make the movement more open to interfaith families.

The 21-page report — the culmination of 18 months of discussion among a working group of 12...

J Street drops Jamaal Bowman endorsement, saying his rhetoric ‘crossed a line’

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — J Street pulled its endorsement of New York Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman, citing his “framing and approach,” a sign of how alliances on the Jewish left are shifting after Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion of Israel.

Bowman was one of the earliest and most outspoken members of Congress to call for a ceasefire following Hamas’ invasion of Israel on Oct. 7 and the outbreak of...

Biden vows to avenge killing of three US troops in Iran-backed strike

(JNS.org) – U.S. President Joe Biden vowed on Sunday to avenge the killing of three American soldiers in an Iran-backed strike in northeast Jordan.

“America’s heart is heavy. Last night, three U.S. service members were killed—and many wounded—during an unmanned aerial drone attack on our forces stationed in northeast Jordan near the Syria border,” Biden said in a statement.

“While we are still gathering the facts of this attack, we know it was carried out...