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Recovering, But ‘Really Scared’

Sustaining heavy damage in May flooding, Houston’s Jewish community unscathed in last week’s tropical storm.

06/23/2015
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Houston, which was at the center of a downpour that flooded a large part of the city in late May, escaped further damage during a tropical storm that brought fears of a stalled rebuilding-and-repair effort last week. But predictions of further flooding upset many already nervous residents, who were taking part in the renovation of their homes and community institutions, according to communal leaders.

Recent flooding in Houston left several feet of water in the sanctuary of United Orthodox Synagogues. After cleanup, the congreg

At Foxman Farewell, Lots Of Hugs (From Abe) And Murmurs (About Oren)

06/23/2015

At Abe Foxman’s farewell, there were the hugs, there were the recollections of the hugs, and there was the sheer diversity of the huggers.

Abe Foxman, center, speaking with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, at an event. JTA

Poll: Americans More Apt To Back Jewish Candidates Than Evangelicals, Muslims Or Atheists

06/23/2015

Ninety-one percent of Americans said they would vote for a presidential candidate who is Jewish, according to a new poll.

Charleston Church Gunman Dylann Roof’s Manifesto Calls To ‘Destroy The Jewish Identity’

06/23/2015

Dylann Roof, the alleged Charleston church gunman, said in a racial manifesto that the Jewish “problem” would be solved “if we could somehow destroy the Jewish identity.”

Dylann Roof, suspected of killing nine worshipers at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, appearing at a bond hearing. JTA

ADL Raps Michael Oren For Stereotyping Obama In New Essay

06/23/2015

The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, for an “insensitive and unjustified” attack on President Barack Obama.

Obama Cites Israel In Arguing For Gun Control

06/23/2015

Washington — President Barack Obama compared Israel favorably to the United States in making a point about gun violence.

Jews Express Solidarity In Wake Of Charleston Church Shooting

'Today, we are all members of the Emanuel AME Church of Charleston,' Charleston synagogue president says.

06/18/2015
Editorial Intern

The Jewish community of Charleston, S.C., and the Anti-Defamation League expressed sorrow and solidarity after a gunman opened fire in the historic Emanuel AME Church, killing nine people, including the African-American congregation’s pastor.

Mourners visit a makeshift memorial near the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Senate Subcommittee Doubles Grants For Nonprofits’ Security

06/17/2015

Washington — A U.S. Senate subcommittee voted to more than double funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program to $25 million for the coming year.

'Orange Is The New Black' Gets A Jewish Convert

10 amusing Jewish stereotypes In 'Orange Is The New Black' (warning: contains spoilers)

06/16/2015
Blueprint Editor

Getting a kosher meal on an airplane is an option; getting a kosher meal in prison is enough reason to convert to Judaism.

L.A.’s Reigning Queen Of Cannabis Is A Pot ‘Doctor’ To The Stars

06/16/2015

Los Angeles – Stepping into the lobby of the West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary where Dina Browner serves up buds to movie stars, it’s hard to miss the name Snoop Lion splashed across a hydroponic grow box painted red, green and gold.

Dina Browner, the public face of the Los Angeles marijuana dispensary Alternative Herbal Health Services. JTA
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