Steven Spielberg warns: Genocide as possible today as it was during Holocaust

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of the Holocaust film “Schindler’s List,” has a warning: The possibility of hate leading to genocide is as possible today as it was during the Holocaust.

Spielberg in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt specifically identified the mass shooting at the Tree of...
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Hezbollah tunnels are ‘concrete threat’ to Israel’s Galilee region, Netanyahu says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hezbollah is building tunnels “with direct support and funding from Iran” in an effort to capture northern Israel’s Galilee region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“Capturing parts of the Galilee by Hezbollah is a concrete threat,” Netanyahu said in a televised news conference from the country’s defense...
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UPDATE: Touro announces Rabbi Berk is leaving

In an email sent on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Touro Synagogue president Teri Hunter and Senior Rabbi Alexis Berk have both announced that the rabbi has elected to take a new position as the senior rabbi at Temple Solel in San Diego, CA., effective in June of 2019.

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UN General Assembly approves 6 anti-Israel resolutions

(JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly approved six anti-Israel resolutions including two that reject Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

The resolutions were passed on Friday.

The resolution on Jerusalem, which refers to the Temple Mount only by its Arab name of Haram al-Sharif and states that...
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Brett Favre, other celebrities duped into recording anti-Semitic messages

(JTA) — Quarterback Brett Favre and other celebrities were duped by a group of white supremacists into making videos that included coded anti-Semitic messages.

The group behind the videos calls itself the GDL, or Goyim Defense League, using the Hebrew word for a non-Jew, BuzzFeed News first reported. It is a...
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JCC hosts Chanukah event on Dec. 9

The annual Community Chanukah Celebration will be held at the Uptown Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

This year’s event will feature a performance by Nefesh Mountain, the husband and wife performing artists Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff.

Described as “the place...
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Anti-Semitic crimes rise by 60% in Canada

MONTREAL (JTA) — Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60 percent since last year, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year.

Statistics Canada reported Thursday that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016....
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Sheryl Sandberg ordered Facebook staff to probe George Soros’ financial interests

(JTA) — Sheryl Sandberg, the second in command at Facebook, instructed employees to look into George Soros’ financial interests after he criticized the social media giant at the World Economic Forum in January.

Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, made the request in an email in January, The New York Times...
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A married lesbian Palestinian-Jewish couple aims to break stereotypes — and make it big in comedy

NEW YORK (JTA) — Eman El-Husseini and Jess Salomon have a few people to thank for their marriage — including a drunk Italian guy at a comedy club and Saddam Hussein.

Salomon is a Jew from Canada. El-Husseini is the daughter of a Palestinian family that fled her birth country...
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Israel to destroy home of Palestinian teen who killed American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli army will demolish the family home of the Palestinian teen who fatally stabbed American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld outside a West Bank shopping mall.

The family of Khalil Jabarin, 17, lives in a third-floor apartment in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron. The family, which was told...
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