Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

At Presbyterian assembly, divestment advocates get limited victory

Jewish officials said the tight vote suggested that the church’s rank and file did not buy into the church leadership’s hypercritical posture on Israel By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — There were amendments and amendments to amendments in a debate lasting for more than four hours. There were dueling T-shirts. There was a last-minute appeal […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

In settlement bloc, kidnapping shakes sense of security

Locals say that since the kidnapping, the number of residents trying to hitchhike in Efrat has dropped dramatically and ‘there’s a lot of tension in the air’ By BEN SALES EFRAT, West Bank (JTA) — At a shopping center in the middle of Efrat, families eat pizza, a deliveryman unloads a cart and a barista […]

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

TONIGHT: Community prayer service for 3 kidnapped Israeli teens

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 Congregation Darchei Noam 2950 Joppa Avenue S., St. Louis Park On June 12, Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped on their way home by terrorists. Join us in prayer for their safe return and to express solidarity with their families and Israel. PRESENTED BY: The […]

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Remembering ‘Mr. Baron’

Fred Baron, who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, dies at 91 By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Judith Baron first met her husband, Fred Baron, in the garden of a Swedish hospital, where they were both recovering after being liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Judith was sitting with her friend enjoying the fresh […]

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Israel searches West Bank for 3 teens

Search for abducted teens faces complicated political landscape By BEN SALES TEL AVIV (JTA) — Since the three teenagers were abducted last week, Israel’s goals have been simple: Find them and punish their kidnappers. Realizing those goals, though, is far from a simple task. The international community has condemned the kidnappings, and Israel has spread […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

Republican Jewish Coalition sees loss as a ‘colossal defeat not just for Republicans but for the entire Jewish community’ By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews. Since 2009, Rep. Cantor, R-Va., has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Likud’s Reuven Rivlin elected president of Israel

(JTA) — Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal. Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker becomes Israel’s 10th president and succeeds Shimon Peres. […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

North Carolina Jews raise their voices

Carolina Jews for Justice first joined with a group of black ministers to speak out against the state’s strongly conservative agenda By ANTHONY WEISS RALEIGH, N.C. (JTA) — It was a hot Monday afternoon, but Judy Katzin was standing on the grassy mall outside the North Carolina State Capitol beside the Carolina Jews for Justice […]

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

JCRC marks 75 years

AJW Staff Report More than 600 supporters of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) gathered on Sunday evening at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest to celebrate the group’s 75th anniversary. The evening’s honoree was Leon Frankel, a St. Paul native, who served as a Navy aviator during World War II, then […]

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A sheriff visits the Jewish state

Matt Bostrom recently toured Israel on a junket with other U.S. sheriffs — and he looks forward to visiting again By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom has the highest regard for the folks who organized his recent group tour of Israel. Bostrom took part in the 2014 Law Enforcement Educational Seminar in Israel, […]

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