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New study: 6.8 million Jews living in U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA) — An estimated 6.8 million Jews live in the United States, with 65 percent of them concentrated in six states, according to a new study.

The estimate counts 4.2 million American adults who self-identify as Jews; 1 million Americans who identify as having a Jewish background but do not identify as Jewish by religion; and approximately 1.6 million Jewish children.

The new population estimates are not based...

Netanyahu heads toU.S. to speak Tuesday at U.N.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel under tight security instructing members of his cabinet to not make any public foreign policy statements that might be seen as critical of the U.S. before meeting with President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, the same body both American President Barack Obama and Iranian President Rouhani addressed last week....

Obama’s tough talk is good news for Israel — depending on what it means

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The good news for Israel in President Obama’s speech at the United Nations was his insistence that any steps Iran might take to solve the standoff over its nuclear program must be transparent and verifiable.

The bad news was that Obama wasn’t clear about what those steps should be.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a one-minute video posted online Tuesday after the Obama...

Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

“If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005 second intifada and having posed a rhetorical question about whether the culture of violence between Israelis and Palestinians could change.

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Obama, Netanyahu to meet at White House

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the peace talks with the Palestinians and developments in Syria.

“The president looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Netanyahu the progress on final status negotiations with the Palestinians, as well as developments in Iran, Syria, and elsewhere in the region,” a White House official said, confirming that Obama and Netanyahu will...

Fund set up for teen hit by car on way to Yom Kippur services

NEW YORK (JTA) — A fund has been launched to help an Israeli girl living in Florida who was hit by a car on the way to Yom Kippur services in an accident that killed her mother.

Orly Ohayon, 16, and her mother, Esther, 57, were struck while walking to the Etz Haim Synagogue in Mandarin, a Jacksonville suburb, for Kol Nidre services. Esther Ohayon died at the scene.

Along...

ADL: Racism targeting new Miss America recalls Myerson’s treatment

(JTA) — The bigotry facing the first Indian-American to become Miss America recalls the harsh treatment visited on Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman to win the coveted crown, the Anti-Defamation League said.

Nina Davuluri has faced racist messages on Twitter and other social media platform since her crowning on Sunday.

In a statement issued Monday, the ADL said it was “deeply troubled” by the messages linking Davuluri, who was...

JFNA gives $50K to CO flood victims, opens online fund

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America provided $50,000 in emergency aid to help Colorado flooding victims and opened an online donation fund.

Jewish federations across North America are working with the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, which is taking the lead in assessing needs and distributing funds and supplies.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Colorado,” said Michael Siegal, chair of the JFNA...

With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a Capitol Hill blitz last week aimed at persuading Congress to back a strike, confirmed Monday that lobbying has been suspended...

Israeli-American Council aims to unite Israeli community in U.S.

(JTA) — The Israeli-American Council has announced a nationwide expansion plan to unite Israeli-Americans residing in the United States.

The organization estimates that nearly 800,000 Israeli expatriates live throughout the U.S., but they are not currently connected by a national cultural organization.

The organization was founded in Los Angeles in 2007 by a group of L.A.-based Israeli businessmen, originally intended to serve the Israeli-American population of Southern California. Now, in...