Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina more than doubled in 2018 over the previous year

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina soared by 107 percent in 2018 over the previous year, according to a new report.

The 20th edition of the annual Anti-Semitism Report prepared by the research body of the DAIA Jewish political umbrella group showed that nearly 90 percent of...
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Netanyahu-Liberman meeting makes no progress toward forming coalition government

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, who prevented Netanyahu from forming a coalition government following elections in April, lasted for less than an hour and failed to make progress toward forming a unity government.

“Netanyahu offered Lieberman to join the government as soon...
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Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there.

Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip.

In Israel, Lovato made three posts earlier this week on...
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CGOP holds Judaica shop clearance sale

Time was when practically every synagogue in the New Orleans area had a Judaica gift shop. And then there was one.

That one is located at Congregation Gates of Prayer, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue, where on Sunday, Oct. 13, the congregation’s Sisterhood will hold a clearance sale to make room...
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Bernie Sanders campaign events canceled ‘until further notice’ following heart procedure

(JTA) —  Sen. Bernie Sanders had two stents inserted for an artery blockage.

A Wednesday statement by Jeff Weaver, an aide to the Vermont Democrat and presidential hopeful, said Sanders had “experienced some chest discomfort” at a Tuesday campaign event. Testing found the artery blockage and the procedure was completed.

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David Kaplinsky travels from Chicago to lein Torah at Shir Chadash

David Kaplinsky, the son of Barbara and Howard Kaplinsky, returned to New Orleans this morning to prepare for his volunteer service to Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation for the Rosh Hashanah services.

Kaplinsky, a private bar and bat mitzvah instructor in Chicago accepted an offer to read the Torah during the...
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Hadassah’s Keepers of the Gate Chai Tea held on Sept. 22

The annual Keepers of the Gate Chai Tea sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah was held at the home of Susan Green on the afternoon of Sun., Sept. 22.

At the gathering, Lee Kansas, past president of the Southern Region and a former New Orleans Chapter president,...
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Rabbi Josh Pernick is installed at Beth Israel

A Shabbaton weekend at Metairie’s Congregation Beth Israel onFriday and Saturday, September 14 -15,  was marked with solemnity and celebration as Rabbi Josh Pernick was formally installed as the spiritual leader of the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the area.

At 30, Pernick,  a recent graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT)...
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Israeli diplomats around the world go on strike

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The employees of Israel’s foreign and defense ministries around the world have gone on strike.

The strike means that there are no consular services both in Israel and abroad. It also means that all border crossings between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza are closed, Ynet...
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There are now more than 9 million people living in Israel

(JTA) — There are now 9.092 million people living in Israel.

The country’s Central Bureau of Statistics released the number in its annual report ahead of the Jewish new year, which starts on Sunday evening.

The total represents an increase of 184,00 people, or 2.1 percent, since last Rosh Hashanah....
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