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Religious services can resume in New York with 10 or fewer people, Cuomo says

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) – After two months of shuttered synagogues and empty pews, religious services will be allowed to resume with restrictions in New York state beginning on Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his daily news conference Wednesday that religious services may begin if limited to 10 or...
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Jewish Republicans tackle a thorny question: What to do about Republicans like Steve King?

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition is best known for scorching ads challenging the pro-Israel credentials of Democratic candidates. This election cycle, however, it is leading the charge against a GOP congressman: Steve King of Iowa.

After years of flirting with white nationalists, King in January...
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Orthodox leaders press for reopening guidance as parents say yeshivas are already holding classes

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) – For weeks, the two boys studied at their home in Borough Park as their teachers lectured through a phone line.

But last Monday, one of the boys’ schools announced that classes would resume at the school building with doors open for just 15 minutes at...
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Abbas ends Palestinians’ agreements with Israel, including security cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, effectively turning over to Israel’s government the running of the entire West Bank.

“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the State of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements...
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Pompeo says US will ‘exact consequences’ if International Criminal Court continues to investigate Israel

(JTA)  — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will “exact consequences” on the International Criminal Court if it “continues down its current course” of attempting to “assert jurisdiction over Israel.”

Israel has for years been accused of committing war crimes in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the...
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‘Rogue’ minyans and divided ranks: Orthodox rabbis are increasingly split over safety of communal prayer

By SHIRA HANAU

(JTA) – When the coronavirus pandemic first descended on the United States in March, the Orthodox rabbis of Dallas shuttered their synagogues together in a remarkable show of unity. 

In April, as the governor of Texas began reopening the state, the rabbis banded together again, telling their...
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West Bank annexation by Israel would lead to ‘massive conflict’ with Jordan, its king says

(JTA) — King Abdullah of Jordan said that “if Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict” with his country.

Abdullah in an interview published Friday in the German Der Spiegel weekly magazine was responding to a question on what would happen should...
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2 tombstones at a US military cemetery are inscribed with swastikas. This group wants them removed

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A group that advocates for religious freedoms in the military wants the Veterans Administration to remove German POW tombstones at a San Antonio military cemetery that are inscribed with Nazi symbols and sentiments.

The two tombstones, among 140 for World War II POWs at Fort Sam...
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Israel PM Netanyahu meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

JERUSALEM (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday, May 14, in a short, but important meeting, at the Prime Minister’s Residence.

The prime minister acknowledged the visit came only a few days after Pompeo’s father, Wayne, had died. “I want to express the...
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Union for Reform Judaism announces layoffs and furloughs

(JTA) – Two weeks after announcing the cancelation of its summer programs in the United States and Israel, the Union for Reform Judaism announced staff layoffs Wednesday.

Approximately 60 full-time employees, constituting 20% of the organization’s staff, were laid off. The organization also implemented a temporary pay reduction between 3-16%...
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