Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue building will reopen as a ‘center for Jewish life in the United States’

(JTA) — The Tree of Life synagogue building, the site of an attack a year ago that left 11 worshippers dead, will reopen as a “center for Jewish life in the United States.”

The Tree of Life Congregation issued a statement to announce its new vision for the building on...
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Prominent Washington, DC synagogue vandalized

(JTA) — A synagogue in Washington DC was vandalized with what is described by local Jewish agencies as “anti-Israel and hate-filled messages.”

Graffiti on the Washington Hebrew Congregation was discovered Friday morning. Congregants were informed of the vandalism in an email later in the day.

The Jewish Community Relations Council...
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Elijah Cummings, congressman who built bridges between African-American and Jewish communities, dies at 68


(JTA) — Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Baltimore congressman who worked to build ties between the African-American and Jewish communities in his district, died Thursday in his home city. He was 68.

A spokeswoman, Trudy Perkins, said in a statement that he died of “complications concerning longstanding...
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Trump’s ‘impulsive’ decision to leave Syria undermines Israel’s interests, according to experts


( – The abrupt decision by U.S. President Donald Trump last week to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria has led to a major foreign-policy crisis in the region and worldwide.

Equally as important are the changing roles of Syria, Turkey, Russia, Iran and Israel in the immediate area....
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Father of Jewish Sandy Hook victim awarded $450,000 in defamation suit

(JTA) — The father of a Jewish boy killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School won a $450,000 judgment against the editor of a book that claimed the 2012 massacre at the school never happened. A jury in Wisconsin determined the amount to be paid to Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old...
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Trump’s Syria pullout endangers Israel

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (JTA) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN., attacked President Donald Trump for endangering Israel through his order to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, a move that cleared the way for Turkey to invade an area of the country held by the U.S. ally Kurds.

“Think about our other...
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Fliers with anti-Jewish and anti-Israel messages left on cars in New Jersey township

(JTA) — Fliers with what police described as anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messages were left on cars parked near a restaurant and movie theater in Evesham Township, New Jersey.

One of the fliers tied Jewish Hollywood producers to pedophilia and child rape, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia reported. The township is...
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Orthodox synagogue association honored 2 Giuliani associates months before they were arrested


NEW YORK (JTA) — On Wednesday night, federal authorities arrested Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas at a Washington-area airport and charged the Ukrainian-American businessmen with campaign finance violations related to the burgeoning Trump-Ukraine scandal.

Six months earlier they had been honored at the gala dinner of the...
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Jodi Kantor on what’s changed since her Weinstein story unleashed a wave of #MeToo


NEW YORK (JTA) — When New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story on Oct, 5, 2017, it started a #MeToo revolution: Women began sharing personal experiences of the sexual harassment and abuse they had faced.

Even though the activist Tarana...
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Sen. Lindsey Graham calls troop withdrawal from northern Syria a ‘nightmare for Israel’

(JTA) — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria will “eventually become a nightmare for Israel.” Graham, one of the president’s staunchest supporters in the Senate, called the move “shortsighted and irresponsible” in a series of tweets.

“The most...
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