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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Alleged culprit in JCC bomb threats arrested

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home in southern Israel and searched the premises on Thursday. He also is accused of a […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Law enforcement officials condemn bomb threats

By MORDECAI SPECKTOR On a day when Minnesota law enforcement officials participated in a press conference to speak out on the spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the United States, there were more bomb threats. Convened by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), the Wednesday press conference […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Trump, the change agent?

The president, who sent his real estate lawyer to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, has taken fairly traditional positions on Middle East issues By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration rhetoric about Israeli-Palestinian peace is typical of a president who would make everything great: President Donald Trump is going to bring about a “historic” deal, the […]

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In a time of walls, Ladino is a bridge

A Sephardic studies scholar sees preserving Ladino as an ‘act of resistance’ against Trump By JOSEPHIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — One-year-old Vidal doesn’t know the significance behind the lullaby his father sings him at bedtime. He knows it helps him fall asleep, but not that the Ladino song is part of an effort to teach him […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

J Street’s youth movement takes center stage

Photos and Story by MORDECAI SPECKTOR So let me be very clear: to oppose the policies of a right-wing government in Israel does not make one anti-Israel or an anti-Semite. We can oppose the policies of President Trump without being anti-American. We can oppose the policies of Netanyahu without being anti-Israel. We can oppose the […]

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Sen. Al Franken is in the news

During an interview in his Senate office, Franken discussed the president’s problem coming to grips with anti-Semitism, and some of Trump’s other problems By MORDECAI SPECKTOR WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hart Senate Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, projects a cold vibe. The interior architectural style could be categorized as Federal Courthouse-Mausoleum Modern. However, the […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Sen. Al Franken will oppose David Friedman as Israel envoy

By MORDECAI SPECKTOR During an interview in his Washington Senate office on Monday, Sen. Al Franken told the Jewish World that he will vote against the confirmation of David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel. Franken said that Friedman, who testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited his office recently. […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Jewish takeaways from Trump’s speech to Congress

By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress is getting rave reviews for the subdued, “presidential” style of his delivery, and positive feedback from the Jewish community for opening remarks denouncing anti-Semitic acts as examples of “hate and evil.” But there ensues the inevitable Trumpian conundrum: What […]

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Are you hip to cadur-reshet?

This women’s sport you’ve never heard of is taking Israel by storm By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of. For that matter, few Israelis knew about catchball — or cadur-reshet in Hebrew — a […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Twin Cities hit by spate of anti-Semitic crimes

By MAX SPARBER The St. Paul JCC was evacuated on Monday, after receiving a bomb threat. The robo-call message came at about 10 a.m., as part of the fourth wave of bomb threats called in to JCCs across the United States this year. The bomb threats this week affected at least 10 JCCs in six […]