Yale Announces New Anti-Semitism Program


Yale University’s decision this week to found a new academic program that studies anti-Semitism -- after it ended its support this month for a five-year-old project under intense criticism from the Jewish community and campus circles -- has received tentative approval.

Jews Lobby On Same-Sex Marriage Legislation


The Jewish community has lobbied on both sides of the debate over proposed amendments to the Domestic Relations Law by the state Legislature. The bill is only one Senate vote away from passage.

Representatives of Orthodox organizations reached out in recent weeks to members of the Senate and Assembly, urging them to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage, while non-Orthodox groups took a stand in favor.

Idaho Chabad Center Vandalized


The Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho in Boise was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

A spray-painted message discovered on the building on June 11 read “Zionism = Racism.”

Boise Police Lt. Kent Lipple told the Idaho Statesman that the vandalism would be considered a hate crime since its message was specific to a particular religion.

The Boise community has supported the Chabad center with phone calls, e-mails and visits, Chabad emissary Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz told the Idaho Statesman. Volunteers have offered to repaint the building’s wall.

Richard Jacobs Takes Helm Of Reform Movement


Rabbi Richard Jacobs was unanimously elected president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Jacobs, the senior rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y., was elected Sunday by the URJ board of trustees. He will assume the presidency in 2012, succeeding Rabbi Eric Yoffie. He was nominated earlier this year.

In Restructuring, United Synagogue Slashes Dues, Jobs


The Conservative movement’s congregational arm will reduce dues that member synagogues pay to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, cut 15 staff jobs and restructure many of its other leadership positions as part of a Strategic Plan announced this week.

DHS Partners With Jewish Groups In Security Campaign


In its first partnership with a faith-based community, the Department of Homeland Security is working with Jewish organizations to expand awareness of suspicious behavior.

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign will distribute posters and customized announcements in synagogues, Jewish community centers and related agencies across the country.

Toledo's Only Day School Closing


The only Jewish day school in Toledo, Ohio, is closing at the end of the school year due to a lack of enrollment.

The David S. Stone Hebrew Academy will shut down when the school year ends next week, the Toledo Blade reported.

The school, serving grades K-5, dropped from an enrollment of more than 100 students several years ago to 22 this year. It was founded in 1968 and served all Jewish denominations.

Britain Academic Union Votes For Israel Boycott


For the third time since 2007, Britain's largest academic union has voted to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

The resolution was passed Sunday at UCU's annual conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

In voting to move forward with the sanctions, the University and College Union -- which represents more than 120,000 academics across the United Kingdom -- ignored the legal advice it received after the first boycott vote in 2007. Lawyers told the union then that a boycott "would be unlawful and cannot be implemented," according to the union's Web site.

New Square Arson Victim Seeks Fed Hate Probe


The chasidic man who was burned over half his body in an attack he believes is linked to politics in the Skverer enclave of New Square is seeking a federal investigation of the crime.

Pizzeria Burglars Vow To ‘Kill All Jews’

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Police are investigating the robbery of a Rockland County pizzeria as a hate crime after the culprits left swastikas and spraypainted a threat against Jews in German.

The message, as seen on Cablevision’s News 12, means “We will kill all the Jews.”

While Ed Rudzin, the owner of Cassie’s Italian restaurant in Orangeburg, is Jewish, he said he did not know how the culprits might have known that. Rudzin, who lives in a nearby New Jersey town, told The Jewish Week on Tuesday he had faced no prior anti-Semitic incidents.

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