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German tabloid publishes cut-out kippah to wear in solidarity with country’s Jews

BERLIN (JTA) – Germany’s most-read tabloid, BILD, has printed a cut-out kippah for readers to wear in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors.

The publication follows controversial comments by Felix Klein, Germany’s commissioner on anti-Semitism, that he could not recommend that Jews wear kippahs in public at any time and place...
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Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on Vienna street vandalized again

(JTA) — An exhibit of photos of Holocaust survivors lining a major street in downtown Vienna was vandalized for a third time.

Holes were cut into the portraits of the survivors taken by German-Italian photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano, days after some were defaced with swastikas and cut into with...
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First openly gay Orthodox rabbi ordained in Jerusalem

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA)- A gay rabbinical student denied ordination by a liberal seminary in New York was welcomed into the rabbinate in Jerusalem, breaking a longstanding taboo against homosexuality in the Orthodox community.

Daniel Landes, a prominent American-Israeli rabbi, granted semichah, Hebrew for ordination, to Daniel Atwood alongside...
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Palestinians officially reject economic summit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization made it official: They will not be attending the Trump administration’s economic summit next month in Bahrain. The Palestinians said they were not consulted on the plan to hold the conference in Manama as part of the overall peace proposal...
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Most American Jews are concerned about anti-Semitism and disapprove of Trump, survey finds

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A survey of American Jews showed continued disapproval of President Donald Trump, with anti-Semitism high and Israel low on the priority list for Jewish voters. The survey, conducted for a liberal-leaning Jewish organization, the Jewish Electorate Institute, by Greenberg Research, which does polling for...
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Indiana man sentenced to 3 years in prison for vandalizing synagogue

(JTA) — An Indiana man sympathetic to Nazism and white supremacy was sentenced to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti on the property of a suburban Indianapolis synagogue.

Nolan Brewer, 21, of Eminence, was sentenced Monday for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. He pleaded...
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Al Jazeera suspends 2 journalists for video questioning Holocaust

(JTA) — The Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it.”

On Sunday, the Qatar-based network distanced itself from the Arabic-language video posted a day prior on AJ+, an online channel owned...
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An American-Israeli soldier died by suicide. She’s the third this year.

(JTA) — A 19-year-old American woman serving as a combat soldier in the Israeli army died by suicide last week.

Michaela Levit, 19, is the third Israeli “lone soldier” to die by suicide this year. Lone soldiers are largely expatriates who serve in the Israel Defense Forces while their parents...
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Chicago police search for suspect caught on camera attempting to burn synagogue

 Chicago police are searching for a suspect who allegedly attempted to set fire at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in the Lakeview neighborhood on Sunday by leaving two Molotov cocktails, while throwing another at the adjacent Florence G. Heller Jewish Community Center.

The incident was caught on the...
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The winners and losers of Israel’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

 — Most Americans, unless they’re Jewish or into Israeli geopolitics, probably don’t know or care that the Eurovision just took place in Tel Aviv. For those who don’t cross American cultural borders, Eurovision could best be explained as “European Idol,” the “Super Bowl” of song contests in which European...
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