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Rabbi Daniel Sherman selected to become Temple Sinai senior rabbi

Rabbi Daniel Sherman has been selected as the net senior rabbi by the Temple Sinai Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, it was announced earlier today.

“I feel very honored to become Temple Sinai’s next senior rabbi and am thrilled to be joining the congregation in time to celebrate...
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Yeshiva Chovevei Torah says it will not ordain gay student

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Signaling a red line on how far Modern Orthodoxy is prepared to bend to adjust to societal changes, a liberal New York City seminary will not ordain an openly gay student who is engaged to be married and completing his fourth year of rabbinical...
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Pitzer College student senate calls for college president’s removal over Israel study abroad program

(JTA) — The Student Senate of California’s Pitzer College has drafted a resolution calling for the removal of College President Melvin Oliver, after he decided to retain Pitzer’s study abroad program in Israel against the recommendation of the Pitzer College Council, made up of students and faculty.

The resolution calls...
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Netanyahu campaign ad: A dis of Obama or show of strength on Israel’s security?

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trying to convince the Israeli public of his national security bona fides? Or is he taking a cheap shot at Barack Obama?

Two weeks before Israelis go to the polls, a Likud party campaign ad shows Netanyahu lecturing...
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Quebec bill bans religious symbols such as kippahs

MONTREAL (JTA) — Quebec has introduced a bill that bans some public employees from wearing religious symbols at work, including kippahs.

The measure is intended to reinforce the separation of church and state, but critics say the real target appears to be Muslims and their hijabs.

The Quebec parliament tabled...
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5 other times when ‘Mein Kampf’ was heard in Congress

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — An Alabama Republican congressman kicked up a political dust storm Monday when he quoted from Hitler’s 1925 book “Mein Kampf” on the House floor. Critics hated the way Mo Brooks emphatically compared present-day Democrats with members of the Nazi Party; said he seemed to misunderstand...
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State Department ready to fund programs against rise of anti-Semitism abroad

(JTA) — The U.S. State Department is offering to shell out up to $1 million each on up to two projects that counter the rise of anti-Semitism in countries in Europe and Central Asia.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor put out a call this week for...
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Charlottesville killer pleads guilty to hate crimes

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The neo-Nazi who rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes, months after a state court convicted him of murder.

James Fields Jr., who was 20 in August 2017 when...
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Israel accused of deadly airstrikes on Iranian munitions depots in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is accused of airstrikes on ammunition depots near the Aleppo International Airport in Syria that are reported to have killed seven members of the Iranian armed forces.

Israel neither confirmed nor denied the claims by the Syrian army and a watchdog group. The Iranians killed may have...
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Israel launches retaliation for Hamas strike on home that injured 7

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli army began attacking Hamas terror targets in Gaza in the wake of a rocket attack by the terrorist group that leveled a house in central Israel and injured seven. The IDF announced over Twitter that it had already targeted the Hamas Internal Security Service Building. 

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