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Obama Calls For Solidarity With European Jews, Jewish Students On Holocaust Remembrance Day

05/05/2016 - 11:29

Washington — In his Holocaust Remembrance Day message, President Barack Obama called for solidarity with Jews facing anti-Semitism in Europe and on campuses.

President Barack Obama speaking at the Righteous Among the Nations award ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. JTA

Donald Trump: No Message For Followers Who Flooded Reporter With Anti-Semitic Abuse

05/05/2016 - 11:25

Washington — Donald Trump said he had no message for supporters who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic comments after she wrote a critical profile of his wife.

Donald Trump speaking to supporters and the media at Trump Tower in New York City following his victory in Indiana. JTA

After Ted Cruz Drops Out, Donald Trump Is The Presumptive Republican Nominee For President

05/04/2016 - 10:58
JTA

Washington — Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for president after trouncing his opponents in Indiana, driving Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, out of the race.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking during an election night watch party at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Union Station in Indiana. JTA

Report: Substantial decrease In Violent Attacks Against Jews In 2015

05/04/2016 - 10:52

Jerusalem — There was a substantial decrease in violent attacks against Jews in 2015, but an increase in “institutional anti-Semitism” and “slander against the Jewish People as a whole,” according to a new report.

Security standing guard outside the kosher supermarket in Paris, where two days ago, four Jewish men were murdered. JTA

Sheldon Silver Sentenced To 12 Years

Judge calls former Assembly speaker 'one of the most corrupt elected officials in the history of NY.'

05/04/2016 - 10:42

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on corruption charges.

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arriving at the courthouse in New York, Nov. 24, 2015. JTA

The 4 Questions, Grateful Dead Style

05/04/2016 - 09:39

‘Why can’t we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play ‘The Wheel?’ Will Phil sing?”

Phil Lesh lights the candles as Jeannette Ferber sings the blessing at Marin County seder. © Bob Minkin Photography

Rabbis To College Students: Lean On Us

05/04/2016 - 09:37
Staff Writer

For nearly three years, a Long Island rabbi has received calls from parents of college students asking what they could do about the BDS movement on their child’s campuses.

BDS activity on college campuses spurs new outreach project. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Can Modern Orthodoxy Be The New Center?

A repositioned movement can be critical to the future of American Jewry, a leader argues.

05/04/2016 - 09:12
Special To The Jewish Week

The Pew Report on American Jewry has left the widespread impression that the liberal religious denominations are in trouble while Orthodox Judaism is thriving. Upon analysis, however, the Orthodox picture is more complicated. The charedi, or ultra wing of Orthodoxy, has surged in the past half-century while Modern Orthodoxy has had a near-death experience. Today there is a revival of the progressive wing of Orthodoxy but it is under fire from traditionalists. I believe the entire Jewish community has a major stake in the outcome and should get involved to assure a positive result.

Greenberg: New organization will be test of staying power.

‘To Salvage The Stories Of The Rescued’

Mounting urgency at Yad Vashem to find Righteous Gentiles, aided by technology.

05/04/2016 - 09:10
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — It’s a race against the clock, and against flagging memories.

But for the historical researchers — detectives, really — at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, museum and national archive, technology is giving them a big leg up in the race to identify and vet the stories of Righteous Gentiles.

Names of Righteous Gentiles are etched into a wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Jews Of Color Cite Racism In Community

Largest-ever such conference convenes amid national conversation about Black Lives Matter movement, societal barriers.

05/04/2016 - 08:50
Staff Writer

As calls for criminal justice reform continue to spark national debate, the largest-ever gathering of Jews of color convened this week in New York City to discuss matters of racial justice inside and outside the Jewish community.

A session at this week’s Jews of Color conference in Chelsea. Desmond Reich
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