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Responding to a petition, new leader of major Jewish coalition condemns sexual misconduct but stops short of policy barring harassers

(JTA) — The incoming head of a major Jewish leadership alliance said sexual harassers should be barred from leading Jewish organizations.

But Dianne Lob, the incoming chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, did not pledge to exclude them from her coalition.

Lob made the statement...
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800 rabbis sign statement supporting peaceful protest against racism

(JTA) — More than 800 rabbis, including the leaders of three major denominations, signed a statement in support of peaceful protest against racism and in memory of George Floyd.

The statement invoked Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, an iconic Jewish civil rights activist who marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King...
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New York is allowing day camps to open. Some Jewish camps are still staying closed.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — When Jewish camp directors explained their reasons for canceling camp this summer, state and local prohibitions were typically at the top of the list. 

We can’t even think about opening camp, they would say, because the government won’t let us. 

Now that’s changing.

States across...
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Several Texas Republicans under fire for posts suggesting George Soros link to George Floyd protests

(JTA) — Multiple Republican officials in Texas are under fire for social media posts suggesting George Soros is behind the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

The Texas Tribune reported that Sue Piner, the chair of the Republican party in Comal County,...
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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey booed from rally after refusing to commit to defunding police

(JTA) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed out of a protest rally after he said he would not defund the city’s police force.

In videos widely shared on social media over the weekend, the Jewish mayor was asked directly at a protest in the city on Saturday whether he...
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Bernie Sanders addresses thousands protesting the annexation of the West Bank

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several thousand protesters expressed their opposition to plans to annex parts of the West Bank at a demonstration in Tel Aviv that featured an address by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont.

The protesters, said to number about 6,000, wore face masks and mostly practiced social distancing during the...
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NYC’s Celebrate Israel parade — virtual this year because of COVID-19 — postponed over George Floyd protests

(JTA) — First, the coronavirus moved one of the world’s largest demonstrations of support for Israel online. Now, the Celebrate Israel parade is being delayed to make time for New York Jews to hear from black leaders about racism.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York has postponed the...
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Rumor that a Los Angeles Chabad is fueling antifa gets brief White House amplification

By PHILLISA CRAMER and BEN SALES

(JTA) — A Los Angeles synagogue found itself having to deny misinformation about the George Floyd protests after a rumor spread — and was briefly amplified by the White House — that its security barriers were actually tools for looters.

Chabad of Sherman Oaks...
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There are now 500,000 negative tweets about George Soros every day. Many claim he’s funding George Floyd protests.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Right-wing conspiracy theorists are increasingly claiming that George Soros is funding recent protests and riots across the United States in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, “aggressive language towards Soros has exploded on social media” this week. Negative tweets...
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Veterans Affairs department to reverse course and replace tombstones that have swastikas

By BEN HARRIS

(JTA) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will begin the process of replacing three gravestones bearing swastikas in cemeteries in Texas and Utah, less than a month after saying they would be preserved as “historic resources.”

The VA told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last...
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