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Supreme Court strikes down DOMA; Jewish groups on roller-coaster


WASHINGTON (JTA) — A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal legitimacy. It’s been a week of roller-coaster highs and lows at the Supreme Court for liberal Jewish groups. Their collective pledge: Stick it out.

“These are critical decisions and it’s going to be a fight” on voting rights, said Sammie Moshenberg, the director of the...

BDS challenge being met on campus, experts say in Israel


JERUSALEM ( — Within the past year, three student-run legislative bodies at University of California (UC) state schools—UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC San Diego—passed resolutions urging divestment from Israel. These votes occurred amid allegations of the harassment of pro-Israel students on UC campuses. Yet at the same time, such resolutions were defeated at UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Santa Barbara, as well as outside...

Foreign Ministry strike forces Israeli embassies to halt services

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry employees has caused a halt to consular services at Israeli embassies and consulates in the United States and around the world.

“Due to a strike of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until further notice, NO CONSULAR SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED,” read a statement posted Sunday on the website of the consulate in New York.

Employees at the diplomatic missions will make...

Ancient Roman road revealed in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A section of a 1,800-year-old ancient road from the Roman period running from Jerusalem to Jaffa was uncovered in northern Jerusalem.

The road was discovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Israeli-Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina in advance of the installation of a drainage pipe.

The road made of large, flat stones and bound on both sides by curbstones is badly worn in some...

Prince Charles attends ceremonies for Kindertransport, Rabbi Sacks

(JTA) — Prince Charles hosted a reception in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport and attended a ceremony honoring Britain’s outgoing chief rabbi.

Sunday’s Kindertransport reunion was likely the last large gathering of its kind due to the age of the survivors.

Some 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Europe entered Britain in 1938 during the Kindertransport rescue mission. The British Parliament agreed to waive immigration restrictions.

The following...

Fraud exposed, groups backing away from honors for ‘Italian Schindler’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Research showing that Giovanni Palatucci, the “Italian Schindler,” was a Nazi collaborator rather than a hero has spurred several Jewish groups to remove honors in his name.

Historians at the Centro Primo Levi at the Center for Jewish History in New York confirmed last week that Palatucci, an Italian police chief credited with saving thousands of Jewish lives in the northern Italy town of Fiume, was...

Israeli doctors, patients accused of involvement in trafficking kidneys

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An international organ trafficking ring that sold kidneys to patients in Israel and Eastern Europe was broken up by Costa Rica police and Interpol.

The ring also worked with Israeli doctors who have not yet been named, according to Haaretz. Israel’s Health Ministry denied any knowledge of the organ trafficking ring.

The Costa Rican Attorney General’s Office said last week that Israeli doctors had performed kidney-removal operations...

Retaliating for rocket attacks, Israel slams Gaza terror sites

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Two weapons storage facilities in central Gaza and a rocket launch site in southern Gaza were struck Monday morning, the Israeli military said in a statement.

Earlier that morning, six rockets were launched at southern Israel. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system near Ashkelon and four...

Rabbi apologizes for saying boys may have consented to sex abuse

SYDNEY (JTA) — The Chabad rabbi at the center of a scandal surrounding his views on allegations of child sex abuse in Sydney two decades ago has apologized.

Rabbi Baruch Lesches, the head of the Sydney Yeshiva Center for 20 years starting in the mid-1980s, issued a statement Monday saying he “deeply regretted” comments attributed to him in news reports the previous day and stressed that he encourages victims of...

In Kiev, Jewish Agency board takes in ceremony for planned Babi Yar memorial

(JTA) — World Jewish leaders participated in a ceremony at the site of the Babi Yar massacre in Kiev, where a new memorial is to be constructed.

Members of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel, currently meeting in Kiev, were among those who attended Monday’s ceremony.

A model of the memorial was unveiled Sunday by Alexander Levin, president of the World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jews and...