US / Israel / World

  • Thousands march in Berlin against anti-Semitism
    (JTA) — More than 10,000 people marched in Berlin against anti-Semitism and in a show of support for the victims of anti-Semitic violence in the city of Halle. The march on Sunday left from Bebelplatz, significant as a site of Nazi book-burning, to the New Synagogue in central Berlin. Several… Read more »
  • British rabbi, 77, arrested and carried away during London climate change protest
    (JTA) — A 77-year-old British rabbi was arrested and dragged away by police while wearing his tallit and carrying the four species of Sukkot during a climate change protest in London. Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, rabbi emeritus of Finchley Reform Synagogue, located in north London, was arrested on Monday in central… Read more »
  • German-Palestinian man who assaulted Jewish professor and threw off his kippa sentenced to jail
    (JTA) — The man who attacked a visiting Jewish-American professor by throwing a kippa off of the professor’s head several times in the western German city of Bonn was sentenced to jail time. The man, 21, a German citizen of Palestinian heritage, assaulted Prof. Yitzhak Melamed in 2018. During the… Read more »
  • University of Illinois chancellor says presentation to residence-hall advisors was anti-Semitic
    (JTA) — The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is under fire for saying that a presentation to residence-hall advisors on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians was anti-Semitic. The presentation, called “Palestine & Great Return March: Palestinian Resistance to 70 Years of Israeli Terror,” prepared by… Read more »
  • Netanyahu requests pardon from Putin for Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an official request to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon an Israeli-American woman sentenced in Russia to 7 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of smuggling marijuana into the country. The request submitted on Sunday to pardon Naama Issachar, 26, and… Read more »
  • Israeli flag defaced with swastika and white supremacist symbols found at Cape Cod synagogue
    BOSTON (JTA) — – An Israeli flag defaced with a swastika and white supremacist symbols was found on the grounds of a Cape Cod synagogue hours after the end of Yom Kippur. Police are investigating the incident at Falmouth Jewish Congregation after being notified by the synagogue’s rabbi, Elias Lieberman,… Read more »
  • 93-year-old Albanian who rescued Jews to be honored in Poland
    (JTA) — A Muslim man from Albania who saved Jews during the Holocaust will attend an event in Poland honoring rescuers from across Europe. Xhemal Veseli, 93, who is among a handful of Muslim rescuers alive today, will travel to Warsaw with Albania’s foreign minister, Edmond Panariti, whose family also… Read more »
  • Jewish prisoners in Michigan will get certified kosher meals under proposed settlement
    (JTA) — Jewish prisoners in Michigan could start receiving certified kosher meals due to a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections. There are about 200 Jewish prisoners in Michigan jails who have requested kosher meals but have since 2013 been provided with a vegan… Read more »
  • 5 Jewish things to watch for at tonight’s Democratic debate
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (JTA) — Twelve candidates will crowd the debate stage tonight at Otterbein University in a suburb of Columbus, the capital of Ohio, a key swing state Democrats hope to regain after losing it to President Donald Trump in 2016. As the chaos in Syria unfolds, expect foreign policy… Read more »
  • Suburban Boston students accused of ‘anti-Semitic social media activity’
    (JTA) — Middle school students in a Boston suburb are accused of anti-Semitic social media activity, which is under investigation by police. Students at the Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts were involved in “anti-Semitic social media activity,” the school’s executive director, Kristin Harrison, said in an email to… Read more »