Iran launches missiles on Iraqi bases housing US troops

 – More than a dozen ballistic missiles hit the Ain Al-Asad and Irbil Iraqi air bases in western Iraq early Wednesday morning there, with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) taking responsibility for the attacks. The bases house U.S. troops.

No casualties have been reported.

The attacks come less than a...
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Jewish campus group Hillel promotes data guru to CEO


WASHINGTON (JTA) — After a six-month search, the Jewish campus group Hillel International is sticking to the path hewn by its previous CEO in choosing a close associate as his successor.

Hillel’s board announced Tuesday that Adam Lehman, the group’s former chief operating officer and interim CEO,...
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Across the US, police and locals rally around Jewish communities in wake of rise in anti-Semitic attacks


(JTA) — New York City held a huge rally this past weekend, but it wasn’t the only place to protest against a recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks. Police and locals in cities around the United States have pledged to support and protect their Jewish communities over the...
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Amar’e Stoudemire calls for end of anti-Semitism among African-Americans

(JTA) — Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire called for an end to anti-Semitism among African-Americans.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, Stoudemire said he wanted to “address the situation that happened in Monsey, with the brother that had the attacks on the Jewish people. Anti-Semitic attacks.”

His video statement continues:...
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Palestinian teen convicted of killing American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen was convicted in a West Bank military court of murdering American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld.

Khalil Jabarin, 17, from the village of Yatta, near Hebron, also was convicted on Monday in Judea Military Court for three other murder attempts.

Jabarin stabbed Fuld, 45, a father...
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Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial begins

(JTA) — Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein arrived at a New York court for the start of his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault.

Weinstein used a walker due to recent back surgery as he entered the courthouse on Monday morning, according to reports.

Jury selection is scheduled to...
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Chabad emissaries warned to be on ‘high alert’ after Soleimani assassination

(JTA) — Chabad emissaries around the world have been warned to be on “high alert” in the wake of the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

The Chabad-Lubavitch Security Commission, in an email dated Jan.2, warned that Chabad centers could be targets of retaliation by the Islamic Republic.

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US embassy in Jerusalem issues security alert following Soleimani killing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States Embassy in Jerusalem issued a security alert on Monday for U.S. citizens in Israel after the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani prompted Iran to promise “harsh revenge.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant...
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Bat Mitzvah project,’Pennies for Penny,’ to benefit Fisher House

Most bat mitzvah projects involve fundraising or community service work that is laudable. When it came time for Penina “Penny” Berman to consider a project for her own upcoming bat mitzvah on February 8 at Congregation Gates of Prayer, she elected to go big or go home.

Berman, the daughter...
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King Cake Hub to open tomorrow

Will Samuels, the Jewish proprietor of King Cake Hub, is back again signaling the traditional kickoff for the Carnival Season, tomorrow morning, January 6.

Samuels will be selling more than 50 varieties of king cakes from a dozen local bakeries throughout the region at The Mortuary portico, 4800 Canal Street...
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