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Boston rabbi suggests congregants bring guns to synagogue for protection

By PENNY SCHWARTZ

BOSTON (JTA) — A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the country.

Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, a Boston neighborhood with a large number of Russian-speaking Jews,...
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Special prosecutor will investigate decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett

(JTA) — A local judge in Chicago has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin on Friday said in his decision to appoint...
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Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

(JTA) — Best-selling novelist Judith Krantz, whose first novel “Scruples” was published the year that she turned 50, has died.

Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported.

According to the Jewish Women’s Archives, Krantz is the third-largest-selling female novelist in...
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Yad Vashem tells Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘learn about concentration camps’

(JTA) — Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum, had a response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referring to migrant detention centers as “concentration camps.”

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are,” the freshman New York Democrat had said Monday night in an...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg reads out loud her dissent to ruling allowing 40-foot cross to stand in Maryland

(JTA) — The Supreme Court will allow a 40-foot memorial cross to remain standing on public land in Maryland.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not happy with the ruling Thursday and read her dissent out loud to emphasize her opinion.

“By maintaining the Peace Cross on a public highway, the...
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Robert Kraft announces foundation to combat anti-Semitism at Genesis Prize ceremony

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the establishment of a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism as he accepted the Genesis Prize award in Jerusalem on Thursday.

In addition to the $1 million he received along with the prize, Kraft is putting $20 million...
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Here’s what Trump officials and supporters are saying to critics of his Iran policy

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump says he is “very prepared” for Iran.

“We’re looking at Iran,” he said Tuesday when a reporter asked him what he had planned beyond sending another 1,000 U.S. troops to the area as tensions there appear to be escalating. “We have...
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California man who threatened synagogue mass shooting freed on $125,000 bail

(JTA) — The California man who threatened in an online chatroom to kill Jews and commit a mass shooting at a synagogue was released on bail.

Ross Anthony Farca, 23, of Concord, who was arrested on June 10, was freed on a $125,000 bond over the weekend, the Concord Police...
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This Jewish lawyer wants to break the back of the violent white nationalist movement

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s not the speech, it’s the conspiracy.

Roberta Kaplan, the lead counsel on one case that changed U.S. history — upholding the rights of same-sex spouses — wants to make history again and scare white nationalists intent on violence into thinking again.

Government efforts...
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Jewish Pride flags allowed into DC Dyke March after standoff

(JTA) — A handful of protesters carrying Jewish Pride flags, a rainbow-striped flag with a Star of David in the middle, were allowed into the DC Dyke March despite a ban on the flags.

The march, a leftist alternative to the main LGBTQ parade in Washington, D.C. the next day,...
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