Nation and world news
Hundreds gathered outside the attorney general’s home over the weekend in protest, claiming the plea deal “undermines public faith in the legal system.”
The post Report: Attorney general to offer Netanyahu a plea deal in criminal trial appeared first on JNS.org.
(JTA) — Over the course of a harrowing 12 hours on Saturday, the entire world found out just what the Jews of Colleyville, Texas, think of their hometown rabbi.
(JTA) – The name Aafia Siddiqui became familiar to many on Saturday, when a man took a rabbi and his congregants hostage in a synagogue in Colleyville near Fort Worth, Texas.
(JTA) — Jews who pray according to traditional liturgy each morning recite a line that is usually symbolic: “Blessed are you, God, who frees the captive.”
Colleyville Police Department said that the F.B.I. crisis negotiators were in communication with the man. One hostage was released around 5 p.m. local time unharmed, and police believe three remain.
The post Man takes rabbi, several others hostage at Texas synagogue appeared first on JNS.org.
Rabbi Daniel Utley, a former Beachwood resident who is an associate rabbi at a synagogue in Dallas, was praying Jan. 15 for the release of hostages including his friend and colleague, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who was being held inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, about 30 mil…
COLLEYVILLE, Texas – Authorities say a man apparently took hostages Saturday during services at a synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas, releasing one Saturday night.
Authorities were negotiating with a man who has apparently taken hostages inside a synagogue Jan. 15 in Colleyville, Texas, about 30 miles from Dallas. A Shabbat service was being livestreamed at the time a man entered the Reform congregation’s building, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
(JTA) — A marketing firm facing claims that it has refused to work with a Jewish group with Israel ties is blaming the controversy on a misunderstanding.
The father of now-retired pastor Uwe Mader kept the parchments in his office under wallpaper and later locked them in a steel cupboard.
The post Torah hid from Nazis returns to synagogue in Germany that survived Kristallnacht appeared first on JNS.org.
“The bottom line is that Kazakhstan is a very problematic country. Why? Because basically, it’s a target of many important global players, including Russia, Turkey, the U.S. and China, not to mention Islamist groups. They all have interests there,” said Zvi Magen, a researcher at the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies.
The post Kazakhstan calm restored, but riots leave more questions than answers appeared first on JNS.org.
France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that 70 mosques in France are believed to be “radicalized.”
The post Mosque in Cannes shuttered over anti-Semitic remarks, supporting Islamist groups appeared first on JNS.org.
The teams, who spent three years on the project, gathered with officials in Florida to watch the live launch via video from NASA.
The post SpaceX launches into orbit eight satellites built by Israeli high school students appeared first on JNS.org.
“Young Jews don’t need safe space; they need brave space—an understanding of what it means to engage with Israel. But we can’t ask them to be advocates until they know something,” said Rachel Fish, founder of the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism.
The post The power of purpose: Hadassah works to empower a new generation appeared first on JNS.org.
Local Bedouin uproot sapling trees, throw rocks at police, civilian vehicles • 10 rioters arrested, three residents suffer minor injuries.
The post Police officer wounded as Bedouin riots proliferate in southern Israel appeared first on JNS.org.
(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In honor of National Bagel Day this Saturday, GrubHub released data on the most popular bagels in New York City — and the results might surprise you.
“The scholars and fellows program that we’re working on—with a goal of having student and faculty exchange between universities in the region—is something that’s going to be a game-changer because this is bringing a peace between peoples,” said David Aaronson, deputy director of Abraham Accords Peace Institute’s new Israel office.
The post Launching Israel office, Abraham Accords Peace Institute sees ‘explosive growth’ on the horizon appeared first on JNS.org.
(JTA) — The United Kingdom’s Prince Charles has commissioned portraits of seven Holocaust survivors to be displayed at Buckingham Palace for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
These substances can be found in a large range of products, including Teflon pan coating, fire-fighting foam, flame retardants and water-repellent additives.
The post Technion researchers develop quick, efficient way to remove ‘forever chemicals’ from potable water appeared first on JNS.org.
(JTA) — A Brussels-based imam who in 2009 prayed to Allah to burn Zionists has left Belgium on the order of authorities who flagged him as a security threat.
(Cleveland Jewish News via JTA) – For the nearly 13,000 students at Ohio’s Youngstown State University, Jacob Ari Labendz is the face of Jewish studies.
(JTA) — The Novak Djokovic COVID scandal may be stealing the headlines ahead of the Australian Open, which starts next week, but there are several Jewish players looking to win big at the year’s first Grand Slam.
“Beginning with 20th-century Zionism, there was a growth of vineyards specifically for the production of wine. It was coming back to a land that ‘knows’ how to grow grapes for wine,” said Talia Yashuv of the Hebrew University Institute of Archeology.
The post Israel’s world-class wineries in Judean Hills a must-see for discerning connoisseurs appeared first on JNS.org.
Shabbat shalom, New York. The long weekend begins with National Bagel Day (on a Saturday?!). More significantly, it continues Sunday night with the start of Tu Bishvat, and climaxes Monday with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. See below for a range of MLK Day events happening this weekend.
(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Almost exactly 18 months ago, as the U.S. settled into its first pandemic summer, the Upper West Side’s flagship Jewish community center delivered some bad news to its staff: more than a third of them would be laid off or furloughed.
The Auschwitz Memorial: “Exploiting the tragedy of people who between 1933-45 suffered, were humiliated, tortured and murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany in a debate about vaccines and COVID limitations is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decay.”
The post Congressman apologizes for Nazi reference comparing new COVID guidelines in DC appeared first on JNS.org.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation's COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.
Millions of Israelis are now furious over the government’s caving to the rioting and its alleged plan to recognize these illegal Bedouin encampments situated on state lands, claiming that such capitulation will only lead to further unrest and violence.
The post Has the situation between the Israeli government and Bedouins reached a breaking point? appeared first on JNS.org.
“A big impetus for all this friction is the fact that there’s just been a disparity between the Bedouin’s perception of their property rights and Israel’s view of Bedouin property rights,” said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Bedouin simply don’t have, for the most part, deeds to the land that they claim to be theirs.”
The post Israel’s government coalition faces first real crisis as Bedouins riot to derail JNF forest appeared first on JNS.org.
Israel Police: “We will allow the freedom of protest as long as it is conducted in a legal manner; we will act with zero-tolerance against disturbances.”
The post Thousands of Bedouin Arabs riot, 12 injured during tree-planting in Negev Desert appeared first on JNS.org.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks," as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spi…
The highest number of incidents were in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa.
The post ISIS conducted 2,700-plus attacks worldwide in 2021 appeared first on JNS.org.
(JTA) — As Alan Halpern prepared to retire from his role as the executive director of Boulder’s Congregation Har Hashem, he made a list of 100 things to do with his newfound free time. He didn’t expect that first on the list would be helping his neighborhood recover from the most destructive…
HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — Each year on Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday celebrating trees and plants, Lior Weitz and his wife take their two daughters to plant saplings of pine — the tree that more than any other symbolizes Israel’s historic forestation project.
“The developments that gave Israel prestige in areas such as defense, health and green energy were created by engineers who studied physics at the onset of their careers,” said Benni Milgrom, academic coordinator of the Olympiad.
The post Annual Physics Olympiad in Jerusalem cultivates ‘next generation of scientists’ appeared first on JNS.org.
(JTA) — A senior member of British Jewry’s main communal organization has resigned following his suspension over social media posts seen as hostile to Islam and Muslims.
(JTA) — As she sought an image to illustrate how her synagogue has fared recently, during the worst case counts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rabbi Heidi Hoover landed on a line from a famous movie.
(JTA) — Paul Pfeiffer’s bar mitzvah made Jewish television history when “The Wonder Years” devoted an episode to it in 1989.
As talks between world powers continue in Vienna, the Israeli prime minister raised the importance of maintaining a strong stance against Tehran’s nuclear program.
The post Bennett speaks with Putin about Iran, regional security appeared first on JNS.org.