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Jews allowed to visit Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av after initial ban

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jews were permitted to visit the Temple Mount following clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli security forces.

Jewish visitors initially had been banned from the site on Sunday, the day of the fast of the 9th of Av, or Tisha B’Av, which marks the day on the...
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Two infiltration attempts by Gaza Palestinians leaves 5 dead

JERUSALEM (JTA) — At least two infiltration attempts by Palestinians from Gaza have been thwarted by the Israel Defense Forces in the last two days.

Early on Saturday morning, four armed Palestinians were shot by IDF troops and killed after one of the crossed the Gaza border into Israel, fired...
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A Florida pastor called for Sarah Silverman’s death

(JTA) — An extremist Christian pastor’s anti-Semitic rant in which he called for the death of Sarah Silverman has the Jewish comedian fearing for her life.

Silverman, a vocal supporter of numerous liberal causes, on Thursday posted a video on Twitter of the sermon and said, “This is Adam Fannin...
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JCDS opening day was Thurs., Aug. 8

The Jewish Community Day School opened its doors on Thursday morning, August 8, and held a special program to celebrate its new students and faculty members as well as to welcome back returning students.

Head of school Brad Philipson officiated over the program that also welcomed new school Rabbi Michael...
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Tulane receives transformational gift for Jewish Studies

By BARRI BRONSTON, Courtesy of Tulane University Publications

Tulane University has received a generous gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant of Wilmington, Delaware, to establish the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience. It is among the largest gifts to the Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the largest...
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‘We’ve lost a part of ourselves’: El Paso’s diverse Jewish community grapples with a mass shooting

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Joseph Charter used to feel safe in El Paso. But after Saturday, when a gunman killed 22 people and injured 26 at a Walmart store in the Texas city, everything changed.

“I had to go to Target the following day, and for the first time...
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Ramah camp denies it removed a counselor because of her views on Israel

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — A Conservative Jewish summer camp is denying that it makes personnel decisions based on politics after a senior staff member claimed she was removed from her position because of her left-wing views on Israel.

Sylvie Rosen, 22, who has served on staff at Camp Ramah...
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Who’s running in Israel’s September elections, explained

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s upcoming elections in September — just five months after the last ones in April — are essentially a do-over.

In the April election, the right wing won a majority. But because Israel has a parliamentary system, a bunch of small right-wing parties had to...
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JTA editor in chief Andrew Silow-Carroll named editor of the NY Jewish Week

(JTA) — After three and a half years as editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Andrew Silow-Carroll will be the next editor of the New York Jewish Week.

The veteran journalist will succeed Gary Rosenblatt, who announced last month he will step down at the end of September...
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Mintz family donates $2 million to Tulane School of Architechture

By BARRI BRONSTON, Courtesy Tulane University Publications

The Tulane University School of Architecture has received a $2 million gift to establish the Saul A. Mintz Global Research Studios, a new program that will give students an opportunity to work internationally on critical global issues.

The gift from Jean Strauss Mintz,...
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