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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...

Pope at Vatican meeting with Jewish delegation slams anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Pope Francis condemned anti-Semitism during a meeting with representatives of the international Jewish community at the Vatican.

“Because of our commons roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said Monday at a meeting with a delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, or IJCIC.

He added that the Catholic Church “firmly condemns hatred, persecution and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”

While Francis has met with several...

Foul-mouthed Mikey Weinstein provokes Congress in name of religious freedom


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Mikey Weinstein couldn’t be happier to have an amendment in his honor approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Yes, the amendment, passed June 13 and designed to keep Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation as far away from the Pentagon as possible, is more in his “dishonor.” But Weinstein is the kind of guy who revels in the dislike of his adversaries.


Israel’ s chief rabbi is arrested and the country shrugs


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Rabbi Shmuel Pappenheim of the haredi Orthodox organization Eda Haharedit shares little common ground with Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, a religious pluralism activist.

But when news broke last week that Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering, Pappenheim and Regev had the same reaction: Who cares?

For Pappenheim, the chief rabbi is a political figure...

Two Palestinians executed for allegedly spying for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian men convicted of spying for Israel were executed by Hamas authorities in Gaza.

The men were hanged on Saturday after being found guilty of “collaboration with the Israeli occupation.”

In a statement, the Hamas Interior Ministry in Gaza said the men were executed “in accordance with our religion and Palestinian law,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

They were accused of passing information to Israel that...

Western Wall security guard had clashed with man he shot

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The security guard who fatally shot an Israeli homeless man at the Western Wall plaza is under investigation for murder.

The guard, a Druze who had been on the job for a short time, reportedly had clashed previously with Doron Ben Shlush. He was arrested after the incident on Friday morning and ordered held for five days. His name is under a gag order.

A police investigation...

Rabbi to lead Argentina ticket in national elections

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Rabbi Sergio Bergman will lead the ticket for the center-right PRO Party in Argentina’s national elections. The PRO Party confirmed the decision on Saturday hours before the deadline for parties to present candidates for the October vote.

Bergman, a member of  the Buenos Aires municipal Legislature, will head the list for the National Lower House. He is the first rabbi to lead a national ticket...

Rabbi Metzger suspends himself from some duties during probe

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, has suspended himself from some of his duties following his arrest on corruption charges.

Metzger said Sunday that he will suspend himself from the presidency of the  Chief Rabbinate Council and will not attend its meetings, as well as his position as a Rabbinical High Court judge.

The suspensions are for the duration of the investigation, he said in his announcement...

Rabbi Metzinger tapped to lead Monroe’s Temple B’nai Israel

Rabbi Barbara Metzinger, a chaplain and local resident of the Greater New Orleans area, has been selected to become the new spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in Monroe. She is the first female rabbi the Reform temple has ever hired.

Metzinger, who will retain her current position with the Oschner Medical Center, was announced as the replacement for Rabbi David Packman, who retired at the end of 2012.


Liberal Jewish groups unleash on doomed abortion bill


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Liberal Jewish groups fired a verbal barrage against a restrictive abortion bill passed by the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, calling it “egregious,” “outrageous,” “an affront,” and “deeply disappointing.”

Such strong language is unusual in any case for groups that must engage with Congress, but especially when a bill is dead in the water.

The bill, passed Tuesday in a 228-196 vote, would ban...