40-year-old music lover and 20-year-old soccer fan identified as victims of Halle synagogue gunman

(JTA) — Jana Lange was a dedicated fan of German pop music. Kevin S. was a construction worker and decorator who loved soccer.

They have been identified as the two victims killed in the shooting by the gunman who tried to enter the Halle synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur....
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German synagogue attacker confesses to anti-Semitic motive; admits funding through Bitcoin

(JTA) — The German man suspected of killing two people near a synagogue on Yom Kippur has confessed to the attack and said that he had anti-Semitic and far-right motives, the German federal prosecutor’s officer said..

Stephan Balliet, 27, made a “very comprehensive” confession during an hours-long interrogation, according to...
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What is Twitch, the site where the Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed his attack?


(JTA) — As Jews around the world were marking the holiest day of the year on Wednesday, news broke of an attack near a synagogue in the German city of Halle. With some 50 worshippers gathered for the Yom Kippur service, the gunman tried to enter 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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Brad Philipson to be installed as head of JCDS on Friday

Brad Philipson, Ph.D, will be installed as head of school of the Jewish Community Day School in ceremonies that begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 11, at Shir Chadash Conservative Synagogue, 3700 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie.

Following the ceremony a breakfast to which the entire community is invited...
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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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Canadian synagogue targeted with swastikas and anti-Jewish symbols

(JTA) — Drawings of swastikas and other symbols were drawn in chalk on the grounds of a Canadian synagogue in Ontario.

The drawings, which were found in four spots at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton, were discovered Saturday morning when the rabbi arrived for Torah study before Shabbat services, the...
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Sanders had heart attack, his campaign confirms as he is released from hospital


(JTA) — Sen. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, his presidential campaign confirmed. Sanders, 78, was released from a hospital in Las Vegas on Friday, three days after experiencing chest pains and having two stents inserted for an artery blockage. It is not known how much damage...
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Palestinian Authority will accept tax money collected for it by Israel

The Palestinian Authority agreed to again accept tax money collected on its behalf by Israel, after it stopped taking the revenue several months ago.

The Palestinians had stopped accepting the money in February, after Israel said it would not distribute part of the revenues, amounting to more than $138 million, because...
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Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019


NEW YORK (JTA) — The number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City has risen significantly over the first nine months of this year, part of a citywide rise in such offenses.

The New York Police Department has reported 311 total hate crimes through September,...
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