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Auschwitz Museum says Lauren Boebert’s tweet about vaccines shows ‘moral and intellectual decline’

(JTA) — The Auschwitz Memorial told Rep. Lauren Boebert that her tweet comparing vaccination efforts to Nazi Germany “is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.”

Last week, Boebert, a Colorado Republican, tweeted that a federal effort to reach out to people who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 was like Nazi Germany. Earlier this year, she also compared public health measures to the “Brown Shirts,” a Nazi Party...

Israel’s Supreme Court upholds law declaring Israel nation-state of the Jewish people

(JTA) — The Israeli Supreme Court upheld a controversial 2018 law that declared Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

In a 10-1 ruling issued Thursday, the court declared that the law was constitutional and does not negate the state’s democratic character. The lone dissenting judge was George Karra, the only Arab member of the court.

The ruling rejected several petitions claiming the law damages Israel’s democratic character by degrading...

A rally against anti-Semitism hopes to present a united front, but its message on Israel has driven away some left-wing groups

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel will feature large in a Jewish organizational rally against anti-Semitism, with the goal of uniting the Jewish community following a wave of attacks.

But the rally’s messaging on Israel has led a number of left-leaning Jewish groups to demur from participating. It’s a signal of both how fraught an issue Israel remains in the American Jewish community, and of how divided the community...

Alleged assailant in stabbing of Boston rabbi charged with hate crime

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — The suspect in the stabbing of a Boston Chabad rabbi has been charged with committing a hate crime and civil rights offense.

Khaled Awad, 24, was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky outside of his school and synagogue in the Brighton neighborhood. Noginsky survived the stabbing and has been released from the hospital, which he called a “miracle.”

Awad was charged initially with...

One eruv is up, another one is down; Metairie eruv declared not kosher

While the news concerning the first-time erection of an eruv in New Orleans was trumpeted within and outside of the local observant community, the previously existing eruv in Metairie is now considered “down” or not kosher, at least temporarily.

Rabbi Josh Pernick of Congregation Beth Israel, who has been one of the Metairie religious figures maintaining the eruv there, told the CCJN that the problem was due to some work...

When Holocaust education meets critical race theory: A partisan history debate unfolds in Louisiana

By ELEANOR STERN

(JTA) — At first, Danny Mintz was excited to learn that lawmakers in his state, Louisiana, were considering mandating Holocaust education in public schools.

A director at a good-government group called the Louisiana Budget Project, Mintz knew that the local Jewish federation was encouraging his synagogue’s board to back the bill. In a state where a notorious Holocaust denier, David Duke, had been the Republican candidate for...

Orleans Parish eruv erected for first Shabbat

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

What has long been a dream of many observant Jews living in the Carrollton, Marlyville, Broadmoor, Uptown and Garden District neighborhoods has become a reality. 

An eruv, an enclosure that extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, has been constructed and has been approved by city officials and certified as kosher for its first Shabbat. An eruv essentially establishes specific...

In a blow to Israel’s coalition, Knesset fails to pass citizenship bill

By YEHUDA SHLEZINGER and LILACH SHOVAL

– A bill seeking to extend a law regulating the status and residency of Palestinian spouses of Arab Israelis failed to pass a Knesset vote early Tuesday morning.

The “family reunification law,” first passed as a temporary order in 2003, blocks the automatic granting of citizenship or residency to Palestinians married to Israelis and has been extended by the...

Pennsylvania General Assembly defunds security support set in place after Tree of Life Synagogue killings

PHILADELPHIA – The Union of Orthodox Congregations of America (OU) and Pennsylvanian Jewish community leaders expressed disappointment in a decision by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to defund security support for at-risk groups such as synagogues and JCCs. 

The five-year directive had been put in place following the attack on the Tree of Life/ Simcha L’Or Synagogue in Pittsburgh in October of 2018. A non-profit grant program...

Arizona passes long-delayed Holocaust education bill after sidelining debate over antisemitism definitions

By NICOLE RAZ

(Jewish News of Greater Phoenix via JTA) — When Michael Beller set out three years ago to get a law passed in Arizona requiring Holocaust education in public schools, the response he got was clear.

“People told me this would never happen. They were like, ‘Not now, not ever. It will never happen in Arizona.’ And that was inside the Jewish community and out,” he said.

But...