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Nikki Haley hosts reception for 64 countries that did not support UN Jerusalem resolution

(JTA) — Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hosted a reception for the 64 countries that voted against or abstained from voting on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The “Friends of the U.S.” reception was held Wednesday night in New...
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France’s foremost female rabbi faces flak over Jerusalem stance

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

PARIS (JTA) — When Delphine Horvilleur, France’s best-known female rabbi, began appearing regularly in the media, her friends and relatives feared it would expose her to threats or attacks by anti-Semites.

Several years later it appears they were only partially wrong. Horvilleur’s media profile does invite hate...
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Will Iran protests kill the nuclear deal?

By RON KAMPEAS 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy.

The depth and breadth of popular Iranian anger have taken the West by surprise, nowhere more so than in Washington, where the focus on...
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Camp establishes scholarship in memory of family killed in Costa Rica plane crash

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Jewish camp has created a scholarship fund in memory of a family who died in a plane crash in Costa Rica.

Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative summer camp in Clayton, Georgia, established a fund in memory of the Weiss family on Tuesday.

The Weisses, of Belleair,...
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Neshama Carlebach responds to allegations of sexual misconduct against her father

(JTA) — Neshama Carlebach, daughter of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, in her first public comments since the start of the #MeToo movement said she is angry with her father over allegations of sexual misconduct but that he was more than just his faults.

Carlebach in a blog post re-published...
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Ringo Starr to play Israel in June

(JTA) — Ringo Starr will perform this summer in Israel more than 50 years after the nation’s government stopped the Beatles from performing there.

The upcoming tour for the ex-Beatle drummer’s group Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes a June 23 concert in Tel Aviv. Other stops on the tour, which...
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Jewish families killed in Costa Rica crash remembered for passionate social justice work

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes.

The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, in suburban New York, and the Weiss family of Belleair, Florida, were killed Sunday when the small plane...
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10 inspiring Jews who died in 2017

(JTA) — It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. From a pioneering LGBTQ activist to a pair of legendary comedians to a 104-year-old haredi Orthodox rabbi, here are some of...
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Israeli government passes $72 million bill to battle BDS

(JTA) — Israel’s government has approved a plan setting aside $72 million to fighting the campaign to boycott Israel.

The plan would entail the largest monetary investment yet by Israel specifically toward combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. It was announced last week to the cabinet ministers and approved...
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Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, Argentine federal judge rules

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A federal judge in Argentina said that AMIA Jewish center bombing prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered.

It is the first time since Nisman’s death in January 2015 that the case has officially been classified as murder. Others have said that Nisman committed suicide in the...
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