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J Street’s political action committee to raise $1 million to oust Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For the first time, J Street’s affiliated political action committee will raise money for a presidential candidate, arguing that any of the Democrats running is preferable to President Donald Trump.

Ben Shnider, J Street’s vice president for political affairs, said the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group’s...
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Moderate Jewish Democrats push bill to reverse Trump ban on migration from some Muslim countries

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two moderate Jewish Democrats spearheaded a call on the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to bring a bill forward that would nullify President Donald Trump’s restrictions on immigration from a number of Muslim majority countries.

“As Americans, we must stand against the...
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FBI arrests 3 suspected neo-Nazis who planned to bring weapons to a pro-gun rally in Virginia

(JTA) — The FBI has arrested three men alleged to be members of a neo-Nazi hate group who had planned to travel with firearms to a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Virginia.

The rally is scheduled for the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday to protest gun control measures proposed...
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Synagogues should not arm ordinary congregants, Jewish security agency says

(JTA) — If synagogues hire armed guards, they should be trained police officers, a top Jewish security agency says in a new report.

Armed congregants who are not law enforcement officers “are unlikely to have experience dealing with high-stress situations,” according to the report issued Wednesday by the Secure Community...
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Young people are responsible for most of New York City’s anti-Semitic attacks. Will Holocaust education help?

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jyrell McGriff, an African-American eighth-grader who lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, doesn’t interact much with the many Orthodox Jews who share his neighborhood.

He sees them on the street or on buses. He also has fond memories of a Jewish teacher...
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Philissa Cramer named editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

NEW YORK (JTA) — Philissa Cramer, a co-founder and editor at large of the award-winning education news organization Chalkbeat, has been named editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Cramer comes to JTA after 11 years at Chalkbeat, an independent journalism nonprofit covering American education with bureaus in seven...
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Cory Booker, who cited Torah on the campaign trail, ends his presidential bid

WASHINGTON (JTA) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who at times would cite Torah on the campaign trail, is out of the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

“It was a difficult decision to make, but I got in this race to win, and I’ve always said I wouldn’t...
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In NY Times interview, Bernie Sanders says he is proud to be Jewish but not ‘actively involved in organized religion’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an interview with The New York Times ahead of the paper’s endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he is “proud to be Jewish” but is “not actively involved in organized religion.”

“I am Jewish,” Sanders told the Times’ editorial board when asked...
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Pompeo announces intensified sanctions on Iran

(JTA) — The United States levied intensified sanctions on Iran, extending existing sanctions on its financial and energy sectors to its trade in metals.

The sanctions announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday are “in response to Iran’s attacks against U.S. forces and interests, and to deprive the...
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Israeli intelligence helped US assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, report says

(JTA) — Israeli intelligence helped the United States in its mission to assassinate top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

“Intelligence from Israel helped confirm the details,” NBC News reported on Friday.

In “Airport informants, overhead drones: How the U.S. killed Soleimani,” NBC News traces the operation to kill  Soleimani, the head...
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