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Members of Congress urge feds to probe JCC bomb threats with 'urgency'

, More than 150 members of Congress signed on to a letter urging federal law enforcement officials to investigate recent bomb threats leveled at Jewish community centers around the country. Wednesday's bipartisan letter, initiated by Rep. Joe Crowley  and Rep. Stephanie Murphy , urged the U.S. ...

Pence visits vandalized cemetery, condemns threats to JCCs

, Vice President Mike Pence visited a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis after giving a speech in Missouri touching on a spate of recent anti-Semitic attacks. Pence in his address Wednesday at the Fabick CAT headquarters talked about the vandalism and a series of bomb threats leveled at ...

Judge drops hate crimes charges in rape and robbery of French Jewish couple

, French prosecutors dropped hate crime charges in the case of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews. The magistrate responsible for conducting the investigative hearing that precedes a criminal trial decided ...

Bedouin teacher did not commit terror attack, Israeli investigation reportedly finds

JERUSALEM , The Bedouin driver who ran over and killed a police officer during demonstrations in an unauthorized Bedouin village was not carrying out a terror attack, an investigation reportedly has found. Police shot and killed Yacoub Abu al Kiyan, 50, as he attempted to drive through the ...

ADL headquarters in NY hit with bomb threat

, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed state police to investigate an anonymous bomb threat called into the national offices of the Anti-Defamation League. New York City Patch reported that the threat was called into ADL's Manhattan headquarters at about 11:08 a.m. Wednesday, according to ...

Bedouin teacher did not commit terror attack, Israeli investigation reportedly finds

JERUSALEM , An incident in which a Bedouin teacher ran over a police officer during demonstrations in an unauthorized Bedouin village over home demolitions was not terrorism, an investigation reportedly has found. Police shot and killed Yacoub Abu al Kiyan, 50, as he attempted to drive through the ...

Warsaw initiates 6-month deadline for renewing dormant restitution claims

, The municipality of Warsaw published a list of 48 buildings claimed in now-dormant restitution suits, opening a six-month window for new claims under recent legislation. If no action is taken on the property before the deadline, it will be transferred permanently to the city, the World Jewish ...

North Carolina Jewish school evacuated after bomb threat

, A Jewish day school in Durham, North Carolina, was evacuated after a receiving a bomb threat. Parents of students at the Lerner Jewish Community Day School were informed of the threat by a robocall from the school on Wednesday morning, according to reports. Video from the school showed officers ...

ADL headquarters in NY hit with bomb threat

, The national offices of the Anti-Defamation League in New York received a bomb threat from an anonymous caller. New York City Patch reported that the threat was called into ADL's Manhattan headquarters at about 11:08 a.m. Wednesday, according to police. Neither the report nor the ADL said whether ...

Stolen Dachau front gate reading 'Work makes you free' returned to site

, The iron gate of the Dachau Nazi camp, which bears the message “Arbeit macht frei,” or “Work sets you free,” was returned to the site after being stolen more than two years ago. At a ceremony Wednesday, the gate was welcomed back to Dachau, where a replica was installed ...

Looking for a Jewish college roommate? BBYO has an app for that.

, Finding a Jewish roommate at college can be a challenge, given that Jews make up only about 2 percent of the American population. A new free app hopes to make the matching process easier. Joomie , launched over the weekend at the BBYO International Convention in Dallas, asks incoming first-year ...

Swastika notes stuck to doors of Toronto condo, mezuzahs vandalized

, Yellow Post-it notes with hand-drawn swastikas and anti-Semitic language were stuck on the doors of a Toronto condominium building with many Jewish residents. At least one of the notes said “No Jews,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Also, mezuzahs on the doorposts of several ...

Marlee Matlin on her favorite acting role and why Trump's comments may help the disabilities community

, Thirty years ago next month, Marlee Matlin became the only deaf actress or actor to ever win an Academy Award. In 1986, at age 21, she starred in the drama Children of a Lesser God' as a janitor at a school for the deaf. She took home the Oscar for best actress the...

Marlee Matlin honored with Ruderman Award for disability activism

— Oscar-winning Jewish actress Marlee Matlin is being honored by the Ruderman Family Foundation for her activism on behalf of people with disabilities. Matlin, who is deaf, will be recognized with the annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, the foundation announced Wednesday in a statement. ...

Author JK Rowling helps boost Muslim campaign to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

, Donations tripled to a Muslim-supported crowdfunding campaign to repair a vandalized St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery after British author J.K. Rowling offered her support in a tweet. Rowling, the author of the popular “Harry Potter” series of books, on Wednesday morning in Britain ...

Trump, the Jews and the political weaponization of anti-Semitism

, Was that so hard? At some point in the past week, it looked like President Donald Trump was never going to use “anti-Semitism” in a sentence. It took a fourth series of hoax bomb threats at JCCs around the country and imprecations from Jewish groups across the ideological spectrum for ...

Jewish groups seek action from Trump to match his words on anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON – He hates it, he really hates it. Now what's he going to do about it? President Donald Trump on Tuesday culminated three weeks of missed opportunities to condemn anti-Semitism and doubling down on missed opportunities to condemn anti-Semitism with a statement unequivocally condemning ...

Andy Cohen invokes Jewish roots in condemning attack on St. Louis Jewish cemetery

Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo's late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live' and the mastermind behind the channel's uber-popular Real Housewives' franchise, addressed the recent vandalism of a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery on his show Monday night. In doing so, he mentioned that some of his ...

Jewish governor of Missouri, Muslim activists pitching in to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

, The Jewish governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, said he will volunteer to help repair a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery where at least 170 gravestones were toppled over the weekend. Meanwhile, two Muslim activists have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 for repairs. The ...

Report: Lithuania reconsiders plans to build atop former Jewish cemetery

, Lithuania's government is reconsidering plans to build a convention center atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, rabbis said after meeting with the country's ambassador to the United States. The seven-member delegation of American haredi Orthodox rabbis and activists met Rolandas ...

Neo-Nazi rally held in Bulgarian capital despite municipal ban

,  An annual neo-Nazi rally was held in the capital of Bulgaria despite a municipal ban. The Lukov March, which celebrates the Bulgarian alliance with Nazi Germany, went off as scheduled on Saturday night in Sofia despite the ban issued by Mayor Yordanka Fandakova. The rally honoring the ...

NJ yeshiva alumni, former staff implore graduate Jared Kushner to help halt refugee ban

, Some 180 alumni and former staff of a New Jersey yeshiva high school implored graduate Jared Kushner to use his influence with President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, to ease the path for refugees coming to the United States. In the open letter from “members of the Frisch School ...

Egypt and Jordan: Don't give up on two-state solution

, The heads of Egypt and Jordan said a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be based on having two states. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and King Abdullah of Jordan met Tuesday in Cairo. “The two sides discussed future movements to break the gridlock within the Middle ...

Wiesenthal Center calls for task force to catch callers making JCC bomb threats

, The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to set up a task force to catch the callers who have made false bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country. In its statement issued Tuesday, the Jewish human rights NGO said it also called on President ...

NJ yeshiva's alumni, staff implore graduate Jared Kushner to help halt refugee ban

, Some 180 alumni and staff of a New Jersey yeshiva high school implored graduate Jared Kushner to use his influence with President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, to ease the path for refugees coming to the United States. An open letter from the Frisch School, a co-educational school in Paramus, ...

Meet the gonzo Jewish filmmaker behind Trump's fake news on Sweden

, Pressed to explain his false claim that something terrible had happened in Sweden last week, President Donald Trump traced the canard back to the reporting of Ami Horowitz, a gonzo Jewish-American filmmaker who spoke about Sweden's problem with Muslim immigrants on Fox News. On Saturday, during a ...

After much prodding, Trump condemns anti-Semitism

, President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism a day after bomb threats were made to 11 Jewish community centers across the country and a large-scale cemetery was vandalized in the St. Louis area. Under pressure to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of what has been called an uptick in incidents ...

Despite White House statement, Jewish groups call on Trump to condemn JCC bomb threats, anti-Semitism

, Jewish groups called on President Donald Trump to condemn the wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the country, and to speak out against anti-Semitism. Despite a statement from the White House early Monday evening condemning “hatred and hate-motivated violence of any ...

Muslim civil rights group offers $5,000 reward for information on JCC bomb threats

, A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who made false bomb threats to Jewish community centers. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, made the offer Monday, hours ...

Vatican, Rome Jewish museums collaborate on menorah exhibition

– The Vatican Museum and the Rome Jewish Museum will hold an unprecedented joint exhibition celebrating the menorah, the candelabra that is among the most ancient and enduring symbols of Judaism. Titled “Menorah: Cult, History and Myth,” the exhibit, which took 3 1/2 years to develop, ...

Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist sentenced to 18 months in prison

— An Israeli soldier who shot a downed Palestinian terrorist was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Elor Azaria, 20, who was convicted of manslaughter last month in an Israeli military court, was sentenced Tuesday by a panel of three judges at the Israel Defense Forces headquarters in Tel Aviv. ...

100 Jewish headstones vandalized in St. Louis area

, More than 100 headstones were damaged in vandalism at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery. Police in University City, Missouri, on Monday were reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area of Chesed Shel Emet cemetery, which has served the community since 1893, a local Fox station reported. ...

Vandals damage more than 100 Jewish headstones in St. Louis area

, Vandals damaged more than 100 headstones at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery. FOX2NOW, a local TV station, reported that police in University City, Missouri, were on Monday reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area of Chesed Shel Emet cemetery, which has served the community since ...

JCC bomb threats 'unacceptable,' White House tells NBC News

WASHINGTON , The White House responded to a reporter's query about the latest string of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers by saying “these actions are unacceptable.” “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise ...

Personal collection of Holocaust historian Yaffa Eliach dedicated at Yad Vashem

JERUSALEM , The personal collection of Holocaust documentation of survivor and historian Prof. Yaffa Eliach was dedicated at the Yad Vashem memorial and museum in Jerusalem. Eliach dedicated her life to documenting the events and victims of the Holocaust, particularly the pre-World War II life in ...

Herzog confirms unity talks followed secret meeting on regional peace initiative

JERUSALEM , Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog said he entered into negotiations to join a unity government a year ago on the basis of a secret regional peace initiative bring negotiated at the time. Herzog, head of the Zionist Union, told American Jewish leaders on Monday that he demanded a ...

Krakow JCC Poland receives grant to create pluralistic Jewish nursery school

KRAKOW, Poland , The  JCC of Krakow has received a $500,000 grant from the New York City-based Eric and Erica Schwartz Family Foundation, the largest single grant awarded to a Polish Jewish organization in the last 20 years, The funds will support the creation of an Early Childhood Center at ...

Bomb threats called in to at least 10 JCCs in fourth round of harassment

— At least 10 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats on Monday, for the fourth time in five weeks. The threats have been called in to JCCs across the country, according to Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network — an affiliate of the ...

San Francisco supervisor wants mayor to apologize for comparing him to 'Gestapo'

, The San Francisco city supervisor has demanded a personal apology from the city's mayor for a text the mayor sent to his top staff people comparing Peskin to the Gestapo. In a private group text, Mayor Ed Lee used the word gestapo' to describe legislation backed by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who is ...

Arab-Israeli man arrested for allegedly plotting Tel Aviv bus attack for ISIS

JERUSALEM , An Israeli citizen was arrested, accused of plotting bus bombings targeting Israeli soldiers on behalf of the Islamic State. Anas Haj Yehiye, 35, an Arab-Israeli resident of the central Israeli city of Taibe, was arrested late last month, the Shin Bet security service announced in a ...

NBA's Omri Casspi to be traded to New Orleans Pelicans

, Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, reportedly is being traded from the Sacramento Kinds to the New Orleans Pelicans. The trade, which is set to be announced later on Monday, is part of a five-player  trade which will see All-Star center DeMarcus ...

Netanyahu meets president, prime minister of Singapore in historic visit

JERUSALEM , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his counterpart in Singapore, during the first visit to the country by an Israeli prime minister. In a statement issued after the meeting Monday with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Netanyahu called Loong's visit to Israel in ...

Israel concerned about polarization of US society, Rivlin tells American Jewish leaders

JERUSALEM , Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders that Israel is concerned about the polarization of society in the United States. The Israeli president addressed the opening meeting of the annual leadership mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations on Sunday ...

Rockets fired on southern Israel from Sinai, ISIS claims responsibility

JERUSALEM , Two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula at southern Israel. The rockets fired on Monday came a day after the Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed that an Israel Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle on Saturday struck and killed at least four of the group's members. They were traveling in ...

Austrian woman convicted under law that makes Holocaust denial illegal

, An Austrian woman who questioned the Holocaust was found guilty of violating an Austrian law that makes Holocaust denial illegal. The woman, 53, was given a suspended jail sentence and fined $1,280 by a court in the western Austrian city of Feldkirch on Friday, the Associated Press reported. ...

Tennessee prison inmate sues for better kosher food

, A prison inmate in Tennessee filed an over 200-page lawsuit alleging that the prison system is trying to force him to break the Jewish laws of kashrut by providing him with substandard kosher meals. Perry March, who has served 10 years of a 56-year sentence for the 1996 disappearance of his wife ...

Report: Flynn, Trump transition team, tried to defeat UN anti-settlements resolution

, President Donald Trump's then-nominee for national security advisor, Michael Flynn, and members of the transition team, worked to defeat a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements, according to a new report. Foreign Policy reported Friday that: “The effort represented a fitful ...

21 Democratic Jewish House members call on Trump to observe religious freedom

, More than 20 Democratic Jewish members of the House of Representatives called on President Donald Trump to not sign an Executive Order that would exempt religious organizations from adhering to nondiscrimination protection. The letter sent on Thursday was in reaction to news reports that Trump ...

Mattis, Liberman meet in Munich, agree to 'continue close collaboration'

JERUSALEM , U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. Mattis on Friday “underscored the U.S. commitment to Israel's security and its qualitative military edge,” according to a readout of the ...

IKEA apologizes for woman-free catalogue catering to haredi Orthodox

JERUSALEM , Swedish furniture giant IKEA has apologized for publishing a catalogue for Israel's haredi Orthodox community that does not include any photos of women. A spokeswoman in IKEA's headquarters in Sweden told Israeli and international media outlets that the catalogue was produced by its ...