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NEW YORK (JTA) — Park East Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox congregation on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, fired its popular assistant rabbi after the longtime head rabbi rebuffed a congregant-led push to “revitalize the synagogue.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.
(JTA) — An Off-Broadway show about an undocumented Syrian immigrant will open without the Jewish actor who was slated to play the part.
(JTA) — I grew up Jewish in Alaska. The Jewish community in Anchorage, the city where I grew up, did things their own Jewish way. It was the only kind of Judaism that I knew.
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Washington D.C. branch of a national climate action group turned down a role at a voting rights rally because a “number of Zionist organizations” will be taking part.
“We can’t cede the progressive territory. Those of us who believe in these very important causes need to continue standing up for them and do so as Zionists. We don’t need to hit them over the head with it, but people need to understand that we’re not going to be excluded from any part of the political sphere where we feel we want to operate,” says Elisha Wiesel.
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The upcoming mission will carry a satellite to determine the exact time for the new moon, as both Jews and Muslims use lunar-based calendars.
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“It is deeply disturbing that a public high school with a diverse student population was targeted,” said Scott Levin, Mountain States regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.
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(JTA) — While others were perfecting their sourdough bread-baking or watching the entire catalogue of Netflix, Ari Nagel spent the past 20 months of the pandemic doing what he does best: donating sperm. He now has nearly 100 children to show for it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school young…
(Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle via JTA) — Standing before a crowd of several hundred, Pittsburgh resident Michele Rosenthal welcomed attendees to the Eradicate Hate Global Summit Monday by remembering her brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal.
They arrive mainly for employment in the fields of construction, agriculture and manufacturing.
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(JTA) — The statue of Thomas Jefferson that will be removed from the chambers of the New York City Council at the urging of Black lawmakers was a gift in 1834 from one of the first Jewish officers in the U.S. military.
(JTA) — An 800-year-old Jewish prayerbook from Germany, offered for sale by a French Jewish organization to shore up its finances, sold at auction on Tuesday for $8.3 million.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering 17 people during a rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving a jury to decide whether he will be executed for one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings.
Ari Epstein, a law and INSEAD business-school graduate, is charged with promoting bilateral relations between Hungary and Belgium, and aims to facilitate engagements on an economic, commercial and cultural level.
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After nearly two years of being apart, participants in more than 1,500 cities and 109 countries worldwide will return to live activities as part of Shabbat experiences from Oct. 22-23.
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“Electronic warfare poses an evolving threat to satellite navigation systems,” said Jacob Galifat of Israel Aerospace Industries.
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Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 shooting massacre that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Here are the victims:
“In a society that makes strong in-group/out-group distinctions, bringing in outside agencies that cross ethnic boundaries is likely to stoke resentment and resistance,” says Philip Carl Salzman, emeritus professor of anthropology at McGill University in Montreal.
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NEW YORK (JTA) — Three rabbis and six Jewish teenagers were among those arrested Monday at a climate protest at the Manhattan headquarters of BlackRock, the largest investment management company in New York.
During their meeting in Jerusalem, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also invited the Israeli premier to make his first official visit to India.
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The “Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor,” which contains several versions of prayers that have since disappeared from Ashkenazi tradition, was purchased by an anonymous American collector.
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(JTA) — More than 15 years have passed since the end of the Second Intifada, but some American victims of the terror attacks from that period have not given up on their legal battle to hold a British bank accountable for allegedly aiding the terrorists responsible.
(JTA) — The government of Portugal honored the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, at a ceremony in Lisbon Tuesday.
Two explosive devices reportedly went off as the bus was crossing a bridge. No organization has claimed responsibility.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) –Rachel Levine made history in March when she assumed the role of assistant secretary for health, becoming the first known transgender person to be confirmed by the Senate.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Senate president compared the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccine regulation for companies to Nazi Germany as the Republican-controlled Senate narrowly passed a bill Tuesday to limit employers in their ability to require workers to be vaccinated agains…
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said.
STOCKHOLM (JTA) — Sweden’s foreign affairs minister visited Israel on Monday, ending a seven-year freeze in diplomatic relations between the two former allies that had started over disagreements on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
Aristides de Sousa Mendes disobeyed orders when he was a consul in Bordeaux, France; in 1940, he gave visas to many people who feared that the Nazis would search for them.
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The July drone strike on the “Mercer Street” oil tanker, for example, was carried out directly by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; IRGC Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani would have insisted on a proxy strike instead.
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Berlin’s anti-Semitism official Samuel Salzborn reportedly filed a criminal complaint at the justice department, saying “it is obvious that right-wing extremists deliberately chose a Jewish grave in order to disturb the eternal peace through the internment of a Holocaust denier.”
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(JTA) — A German-Israeli singer who said he had been denied service at a hotel in Germany for wearing a Star of David pendant doubled down on his account following doubts about it published in the German media.
(JTA) — More than three years after a similar push was denied, kosher and halal food has been made available regularly at the headquarters of the British parliament, where about 11,000 people work, hundreds of them Jewish or Muslim.