Al Franken’s resignation pains his Jewish fans in Minnesota


(JTA) — It’s a shame Al Franken has to go, Minnesota Jews say. But he has to go.

That’s the feeling Minnesota Jewish leaders expressed a day after the Democratic senator announced he would resign his seat in the coming weeks following a string of sexual harassment...
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Chanukah at Riverwalk event slated for Tuesday evening, Dec. 12

Although there were some concerns about ongoing construction at the Riverwalk, the Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana organization is moving ahead with plans to hold its annual Chanukah at the Riverwalk. Instead of its usual spot situated along Spanish Plaza, the event will be held this year on the terrace of Riverwalk...
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Al Franken will step down following sexual misconduct accusations

(JTA) — Sen. Al Franken announced he will resign from Congress in the wake of calls for him to step down following accusations of sexual misconduct by several women.

Franken said late Thursday morning in a speech on the Senate floor that he would resign “in the coming weeks.”

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JCRC issues statement on change in status for Jerusalem

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans issued a statement welcoming the decision yesterday by President Donald Trump  that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that the U.S. embassy  will be moved eventually from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Inbal Hotel says soup’s on

JERUSALEM – Soup’s on. Literally. The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is busy with its third annual soup festival pop-up concept restaurant. From now through April, the satisfying, all you-can-eat soup buffet will be running at the Inbal’s Sophia Cafe. The cost is 65 NIS, or about $18.50 per person.

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Trump’s Jerusalem announcement is a big deal — but won’t actually change much


WASHINGTON (JTA) — In announcing U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump spoke loud and clear — except when he didn’t.

That’s not to say that Israel and many of its supporters weren’t thrilled with what many called the “long overdue” acknowledgment by the...
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Following Trump’s declaration, European Union doubles down on its Jerusalem policy


AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and pledge to move the U.S. Embassy there, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Jews all over the world “expect the rest of the world to follow suit.”

If that’s true, they may...
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Seven female Democratic senators call on Al Franken to resign over sexual misconduct accusations

(JTA) — At least seven women in the Senate Democratic caucus, including potential 2020 presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, called on Sen. Al Franken to resign hours after a seventh woman came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Following the calls for his resignation, Franken’s office said...
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House passes Taylor Force Act targeting Palestinian funding for killers of Israelis

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would reduce U.S. funding for the Palestinians unless their official bodies stop subsidizing families of killers of Israelis.

The Taylor Force Act, named for an American stabbed to death in Tel Aviv in 2016, passed in a...
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Prepare for violence, US Consulate in Jerusalem warns ahead of Trump embassy announcement

WASHINGTON (JTA) — As President Donald Trump prepares to address the issue of Jerusalem in a White House speech, the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem instructed U.S. officials not to travel to the Old City or West Bank in the face of reports that there will be protests.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders...
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