UN Forum Combats BDS

Sanctions movement is ‘modern-day anti-Semitism,’ Danon says at daylong event before 1,500 students.

06/01/2016 - 10:12
Staff Writer

The United Nations, whose bodies have consistently leveled false charges against Israel for everything from the poor treatment of Palestinian women to the poor health of Palestinians, was the site Tuesday of a daylong forum to combat such attacks and the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

The scene Tuesday at anti-BDS forum held at the United Nations. Shahar Azran

Pro-Choice Ordination Language

Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis.

06/01/2016 - 08:38


Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though few seemed to notice: The language on their ordination certificates was markedly different than that of their male colleagues.

Members of the 2016 HUC-JIR rabbinical class reading their class prayer at an ordination ceremony this month in Cincinnati. JTA

‘Survivors Face Unique Challenges’

A Q&A with Florida Rep. Ted Deutch on homecare benefits.

06/01/2016 - 08:27

Rep. Ted Deutch: ‘There shouldn’t be artificial limits imposed.” 

Ted Deutch, a Democratic member of the House from Florida, is co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Study Group on Germany, which is dedicated to frank dialogue between American lawmakers and their peers in Germany. Deutch and Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have co-sponsored a pending House resolution calling upon Germany to “fulfill its moral responsibility to Holocaust survivors and urgently provide the financial resources necessary to ensure that survivors live in dignity and comfort in their remaining years.”

Rep. Ted Deutch. Courtesy of Ted Deutch

LGBT Mission Aiming To ‘Broaden The Tent’

In Israel, JFNA participants push hot-button marriage issues, stand with country’s gay community.

06/01/2016 - 08:25
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum, is a mandatory stop for every mission organized by the Jewish Federations of North America, but Nazi persecution of the Jews, not persecution of gays and lesbians, is the central focus of the center.

A different stone wall: Participants in this week’s LGBT mission sponsored by JFNA visit the Western Wall. Eyal Warsavsky

Means Testing For Survivors Ramps Up Amid Shortfall

Issue taking on greater urgency as ‘needs are outpacing funding.’

06/01/2016 - 08:19
Staff Writer

The cleaning lady was the first to go.

Now, it is the potentially life-saving medical alert button.

Social worker Claudia Vendrov with Holocaust survivor Hilda Fogel Schapiro, who receives homecare through the Claims Conference.

Where Are Day Schools On Accelerated Kindergarten?

Educators tack to middle amid backlash, stress individualized learning.

06/01/2016 - 08:12
Deputy Managing Editor

At Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, above, kids are taught to figure things out through collaboration.  Michael Datikash/JW

In January, a University of Virginia study came out confirming what parents and teachers had been noticing for years: that kindergarten today is more about reading and writing than about dress-up and pretend play.

New Stage For Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick: The Knesset

05/31/2016 - 12:21

Tel Aviv — A year and a half ago he was a fringe Temple Mount activist expected to die, the victim of a point-blank assassination attempt.

On a tour of the Temple Mount, Yehuda Glick shows religious Jews a diagram of the Jewish temple that once stood. JTA

Israeli Soldier, 19, Wounded In Tel Aviv Attack Seen As Terrorism

05/31/2016 - 12:03

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing — reportedly with a screwdriver — in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack.

Israeli soldier. Getty Images

Vandalism At 3 New England Synagogues Aims To Intimidate Community, ADL Regional Leader Says

05/31/2016 - 11:59

Boston — Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said.

A swastika painted at Temple Ohawe Sholam in Pawtucket, R.I. JTA

Sanders: Israel Has A Right To US Protection

05/30/2016 - 10:09

Israel has a right to be protected by the United States, Bernie Sanders, a candidate in the primaries of the Democratic Party, said.

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally at Bronx Community College in New York City, April 9, 2016. JTA
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