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  • It’s Ashkenazi vs. Sephardi Jews in this take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’
    NEW YORK (JTA) — A new production of “Romeo and Juliet” puts a Jewish spin on the classic Shakespearean love story. Produced by Paris-born opera singer David Serero, the musical is set in Jerusalem and imagines an Ashkenazi Juliet falling in love with a Sephardi Romeo, to the dismay of… Read more »
  • Director of Berlin Jewish Museum resigns over tweet linking pro-BDS story
    (JTA) — The director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum has resigned a week after the museum tweeted a link to a pro-BDS story. Peter Schaefer announced in a statement from the museum Friday that he would resign “to avert further damage from the Jewish Museum Berlin.” Monika Grutters, the chairwoman of… Read more »
  • Germany is accused of downplaying anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims
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    (JTA) — The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin is often cited as a prime example of the rise of so-called new anti-Semitism in Europe: hatred of Jews in connection with Israel, often by people from Muslim societies. Despite attempts by organizers in recent years to suppress some expressions of anti-Semitism, the… Read more »
  • Swastika graffiti found on Argentine Holocaust memorial
    (JTA) — A swastika was spray-painted on a Holocaust memorial in the northeastern Argentine city of Resistencia. The Monument to Humanity commemorates, among other victims, Irene Schwimmer de Korytnicki, the last survivor of the Holocaust who lived in the capital of the Chaco region. She died this year. On Wednesday,… Read more »
  • Lindsey Graham, a Trump confidant, insists on two-state solution
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a top foreign policy Republican, says he sees no viable peace outcome except for two states, one for Israel and one for the Palestinians. That puts him at odds with his party platform, the Trump administration and Israel’s government. Graham in an interview… Read more »
  • Liberal pro-Israel groups accuse Israeli envoy of politicizing US support of Israel
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — An off-the-record speech by Israel’s ambassador to Washington noting gaps in support for Israel between Republicans and Democrats drew rebukes from the liberal wing of the pro-Israel community, accusing Ron Dermer of politicizing support for Israel. Dermer was addressing a Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Washington,… Read more »
  • Argentina removes ambassador to Haiti from post over tweet that angered Jewish groups
    (JTA) — Argentina removed its ambassador to Haiti from his post over a tweet that angered Jewish groups earlier this month. On Argentina’s National Army Day, Pedro Von Eyken tweeted: “Today is the Day of the Argentine Army, that of General José de San Martín and many others who gave… Read more »
  • Brooklyn rabbi’s house burns down in suspected arson, 13 injured
    This is a developing story. NEW YORK (JTA) — The home of a Brooklyn rabbi erupted in fire early Friday in what investigators suspect was an arson attack by a man who has accused the rabbi of sexual misconduct. Thirteen people, including a 6-week-old baby, were injured. None of the injuries were… Read more »
  • How Jewish day schools are now minting future engineers
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    When California experienced one of its worst-ever wildfire seasons last fall, New Jersey high school student Orlee Sadinoff watched from afar with grave dismay and concern. The fires were still fresh on the Jewish sophomore’s mind when she and fellow students Sarah Cohen and Devin Scharf put their heads together… Read more »
  • Ukraine state historian says Poland and Israel parrot Russian propaganda
    (JTA) — A senior state historian of Ukraine said that protests by Poland and Israel about his country’s glorification of Nazi collaborationists was Russian propaganda. Volodymyr Vyatorovych, director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, offered his opinion last week on social media in connection with a joint letter of… Read more »