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(JTA) – Wine from a West Bank settlement was on the menu at this year’s White House Passover seder on Friday hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug … more
In the latest action in the long-running dispute over control of the historic Touro Synagogue, both sides were in District Court in Newport on March 28. Jeshuat Israel, the congregation that … more
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Security officials are reporting a spate of bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions in a number of states. The threats came into Jewish community centers around the … more
As a Jew growing up in Poland, I participated in the Polish democratic opposition of the 1970s, then the pro-democracy Solidarity movement and finally the anti-Communist underground of the 1980s. I … more
The eviction proceeding filed in Rhode Island District Court on Feb. 1 by Congregation Shearith Israel against Newport’s Congregation Jeshuat Israel is the latest episode in an apparent feud between the two historic Orthodox congregations.

Both congregations can rightfully claim a place in history as among the oldest in North America. Shearith Israel, in New York City, owns Touro Synagogue, in Newport, where Congregation Jeshuat Israel worships. The New York congregation leases the building to CJI.

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) – It was the best of Twitter. It was the worst of Twitter. During the long agonizing hours of last Saturday evening, during which a rabbi and three congregants were held against their will at a Dallas-area synagogue, social media performed perhaps as its creators and optimists always thought it would. It was a community of caring, with users posting prayers, sharing their distress and comforting one another. They sent messages of hope to the Jews trapped in the building and words of gratitude to the responders gathered outside. more
(JTA) – All four hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area were declared “out alive and safe” by Texas Governor Greg Abbott at 9:33 p.m. CST on Saturday following a terrifying 12-hour standoff with an armed assailant in an unfolding saga that terrified Jews worldwide. more
BOSTON (JTA) – Against a backdrop of disturbing revelations of anti-Semitic incidents, including many in local schools,  Massachusetts lawmakers this week approved a bill that will require … more
Five members of Congress are calling on cable and satellite television providers to increase access to Jewish-themed programming as a way of fighting against anti-Semitism. more
(JTA) – “Deck the halls with matzo balls”? Hanukkah menorahs with 12 candles? Products with misfired Hanukkah messages have been drawn gripes for years, but this year major … more
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