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Four New Yorkers charged with pocketing aid for Israel

(JTA) — New York state’s attorney general accused four New Yorkers of pocketing more than $2.5 million in donations for charitable projects in Israel.

The four defendants, all from Brooklyn, were identified in last Friday’s New York Times as Yaakov Weingarten, 52, and his wife Rivka, 52; and two of his employees, Simon Weiss, 28, and David Yifat, 66.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the four “brazenly abused the generosity...

Three campers injured in lightning strike at Reform camp

(JTA) — Three children at the Goldman Union Camp Institute near Indianapolis were injured when lightning struck the field in which they were holding a camp activity.

One of the children reportedly is in critical but stable condition from the Saturday afternoon lightning strike on the Reform movement camp located in Zionville, Ind.

The three injured children have not been named, but have been identified as a 9-year-old girl from...

Shiva minyans for Carolyn Falk Katz anounced

Following the graveside service on Friday of Carolyn Falk Katz, shiva minyans began taking place at the home of Leon and Debbie Pesses in Metairie this morning. Minyans will continue tonight and on July 1 and July 2 at 7:30 p.m.

PA officials refuse to meet with Jewish, Israeli journalists

Palestinian Authority officials have adopted the questionable norm of refusing to meet with Israeli or Jewish journalists, according to veteran journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, in a recent article published by Gatestone Institute.

According to Toameh, Palestinian journalists who try to arrange meetings or interviews with Palestinian Authority representatives for Western colleagues frequently verify that there will be no Jews or Israelis present at the meetings before giving the go ahead.

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Bathroom repairs finalized at Anshe Sfard

Thanks to a team of volunteers from United Saints, a group formed by the United Methodist Church to aid in the recovery and remediation of property destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Congregation Anshe S’fard has two new restrooms downstairs in the historic synagogue situated on Carondelet Street near Jackson Avenue.

Aided by a single volunteer from Temple Sinai, the United Saints removed all of the floor tiles and painted all of...

Kerry: Coming weeks critical to peace process

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The coming weeks could decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during a tour of Arab states on his way to attempt to broker new peace talks.

“We share a belief with Saudi Arabia and many countries that these next weeks are perhaps – or at least this next period of time — is an important period of time where decisions could...

B’nai B’rith International disavows Jewish newspaper critical of Shalit

(JTA) — B’nai B’rith International disassociated itself from an article critical of Gilad Shalit published in a Canadian Jewish newspaper closely associated with B’nai Brith Canada.

In anticipation of Shalit’s four-city visit to Canada in September, the Jewish Tribune criticized the former captive Israeli soldier.

“The Jewish Tribune story in no way represents the views of B’nai B’rith International or its members and supporters around the world,” B’nai B’rith International...

Pritzker handily wins confirmation as commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Penny Pritzker, the billionaire real estate developer and major giver to the Jewish Federation of Chicago, was confirmed as U.S. secretary of commerce.

Despite questions concerning the reporting of her income and her relations with labor unions, Pritzker won Senate confirmation on Tuesday by a 97-1 vote. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the dissenter.

Following the confirmation, President Obama called the Chicago civic and business leader “a...

Jewish groups welcome Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

(JNS.org) Prominent Jewish groups welcomed the United States Supreme Court’s decision striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 voter ban on gay marriage. The decision paves the way for federal benefits to be extended to same-sex marriages.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC), which filed an amicus brief in the cases decided Wednesday, praised the decision but also called for more progress on gay rights. “Full...

Orthodox Union reacts to SCOTUS decision

As expected, the Supreme Court of the United States stuck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which penalized gay married couples and California’s Proposition 8 that made gay marriage illegal in that state. The Orthodox Union issues the following statement within an hour of decision.

“In response to the decisions announced today by the United States Supreme Court with reference to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition...