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Foundation for Jewish Culture board votes to close

(JTA) — The board of directors of the New York-based Foundation for Jewish Culture reportedly has voted to close its operations next year.

The 53-year-old foundation, a resource and advocacy group for Jewish culture and the arts in the United States, will announce the closing this week, according to the New York Jewish Week.

Foundation President and CEO Elise Bernhardt told the Jewish Week that over the next year she...

White House briefs rabbis on Syria

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Close to 700 rabbis and other Jewish communal officials were briefed by a top White House aide on President Obama’s Syria plans.

The call Tuesday with Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, was organized by the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and attracted 691 callers from all religious streams, according to Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the RA’s executive vice president.


Document: NSA gave Israel data with unfiltered U.S. personal info

(JTA) — The National Security Agency provides raw data to Israeli intelligence services, according to a secret document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

A memorandum of understanding between the NSA and the Israeli Signals Intelligence Unit (ISNU), leaked by Edward Snowden to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, states that the NSA will provide data to the ISNU without first reviewing the documents to remove sensitive information.

The process of...

Year in Review: 5773


NEW YORK (JTA) — From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, JTA and the Crescent City Jewish News take a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

September 2012

The New Orleans Jewish community is still reeling from the slow-moving minimal strength Hurricane Issac that tested the electric grid and plunged most of the area into darkness in late...

Federations’ security arm calls for awareness on holy days

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Security awareness should be a primary consideration for synagogues during the High Holidays, the security arm of the national Jewish community said.

“Synagogue staff, security volunteers and greeters should be on the lookout for suspicious persons and/or activity around their facilities, particularly during services and other gatherings,” the Secure Community Network, an arm of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major...

Jewish groups back Obama on Syria, but downplay Israel angle


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish groups backing President Obama’s call to strike Syria militarily are citing moral outrage and U.S. national security as primary considerations, but concern for Israel — however muted — also looms large in their thinking.

A lingering sensitivity over misrepresentations of the role of the pro-Israel community in the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003 kept Jewish groups from weighing in on Syria...

Ginsburg officiates at same-sex marriage; first for Supreme Court justice

(JTA) — Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court justice to preside over a same-sex marriage. Ginsburg performed the wedding ceremony of Michael Kaiser to John Roberts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night.

Kaiser, the president of the center, reportedly is a longtime friend of Ginsburg, who is Jewish.

More than 200 guests attended the wedding, NBC reported.

Two months ago Ginsburg,...

Atheists opposing Jewish N.J. firefighter over WTC beam with cross cutout

(JTA) — A Jewish firefighter in New Jersey who wants to display a beam from the World Trade Center with a Christian cross cut from it is meeting opposition from an atheists’ group.

Roy James, the deputy fire chief in Princeton, requested the beam be used as part of a planned local 9-11 memorial in the southern New Jersey township.

“I’m a Jew,” James told Fox News. “Ironically, I’m fighting...

Investigation: Y.U. sex abuse extended beyond high school for boys


NEW YORK (JTA) — Incidents of physical and sexual abuse at Yeshiva University were not limited to its high school for boys, an investigation has found.

The investigation commissioned by the university and carried out by the New York-based law firm Sullivan & Cromwell followed reports of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The report produced...

Anti-Semitic, racist incidents at Oberlin College were ‘joke,’ student told police

(JTA) — Two students committed a series of racial and anti-Semitic incidents at Oberlin College to provoke a reaction, according to police in the Ohio city.

According to a police report released late last week, one of the students said he meant the acts as a “joke,” as well as to show how students and college staff overreacted to earlier racist and anti-Semitic fliers found around the campus with which...