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Denver, CO – Jewish Tech Millionaire Turned Lawmaker Vying To Become Governor Of Colorado

Monday, June 26th, 2017 Denver, CO - Jared Polis is already on to the next thing. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has looked at his resume. By the age of 25, he had founded three companies, which would shortly make him a multimillionaire. He then turned his focus to education, establishing two charter school systems to cater to immigrant and homeless youth and serving on the Colorado State Board of...

Washington – State Dept.’s Anti-Semitism Monitoring Office To Be Unstaffed As Of July 1

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 Washington - The U.S. State Department’s office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism will be unstaffed as of July 1. A source familiar with the office’s workings told JTA that its remaining two staffers, each working half-time or less, would be reassigned as of that date. The Trump administration, which has yet to name an envoy to head the office, would not comment on the staffing...

London – British Jewry Feels Left Behind Amid The Election Turmoil

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 London - Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society because of racism. And this time, the problem is hitting nearer to home, said Klaff, 69, a yoga teacher and Jewish mother of two. Troubled by the Labour Party’s recent electoral successes...

Jerusalem – After Jerusalem Attack, US Experts Warn Islamic State May Be Coming To Israel

Monday, June 19th, 2017 Jerusalem - When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time Friday and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials generally dismissed the militant Islamist group’s assertion that it was behind the shooting and stabbing in Jerusalem that left a 23-year-old policewoman dead along with her attackers. Top...

Cincinnati, OH – Rabbi: American Student Released From North Korea, Was Active In Hillel

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 Cincinnati, OH - Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student imprisoned by North Korea who remains in a coma since his release this week, was active at the campus Hillel and cared deeply about the Jewish community, its rabbi recalls. Warmbier, 22, a Cincinnati native, was traveling on a student tour of North Korea last year when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for...

New York – Sears To Pull ‘Free Palestine’ Clothing From Site Amid Complaints

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 New York - Sears says it will remove a line of clothing featuring the slogan “Free Palestine” from its website. The clothing was offered for sale by a another company, Spreadshirt Collection, and included tank tops, t-shirts and hoodies featuring a variety of pro-Palestinian messages. The clothing was offered for sale through Sears Marketplace, which offers a platform for third-party...

Crown Heights, NY – Chabad School Bans Mothers From Wearing Long Wigs, Bright Nail Polish

Monday, June 5th, 2017 Crown Heights, NY - A haredi Orthodox school in Brooklyn raised ire online after it issued a strict dream code — for the parents of its students. The Chabad-affiliated Bnos Menachem school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, sent a letter last week to parents inform parents of the code, which bans denim, tight clothes, and leggings and requires nail polish to be in “conservative/soft colors,”...

Washington – Sara Ehrman, Democratic Party Mainstay And Hillary Mentor, Dies At 98

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Washington - Sara Ehrman, a Democratic Party mainstay who advised Hillary Rodham not to marry Bill Clinton and later advised President Clinton on Israel-Arab peace making, has died. Ehrman died on Saturday at the age of 98 of endocarditis, a family friend reported. She described herself as “first a Jew, second a Democrat and above all a feminist,” according to the New York...

United Nations – Britain Joins US In Opposing UN Health Body’s Resolution Singling Out Israel

Friday, May 26th, 2017 United Nations - Great Britain and the United States joined four other nations in voting against a World Health Organization resolution that they said singles out Israel for criticism. The resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority on Friday during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, mostly speaks of the need to improve services provided to Palestinians and...

Brooklyn, NY – The Orthodox Version Of ‘Shark Tank’

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 Brooklyn, NY - At the opening of the most recent season finale of “Shark Tank,” the ABC reality show about startup entrepreneurs, a man posed in front of a group of investors, showcasing a business that combines drinking wine and painting pictures. At the beginning of a takeoff of “Shark Tank” in Brooklyn, an Israeli in a beige kippah, gray blazer, pink shirt and blue jeans stood...

Washington – Rex Tillerson: Trump ‘putting A Lot Of Pressure’ On Israel And The Palestinians

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 Washington - President Donald Trump is “putting a lot of pressure” on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. “The president was very forceful in his encouragement to both of them to be serious about approaching these discussions in the future and recognize you have to compromise,” Tillerson said in Rome, where he was accompanying...

New York – Orthodox Jewish Paramedic Sues NY Hospital Over Its No-skirts Policy

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 New York - An Orthodox Jewish paramedic is suing a New York hospital for discrimination for not allowing her to wear skirts. In the civil suit filed Tuesday, Hadas Goldfarb says she was offered a job as a paramedic at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2015, but was terminated amid orientation after refusing to comply with the dress code, which stipulates that paramedics wear pants. The...

New York – Which Orthodox Rabbi Gave Jared And Ivanka Permission To Fly On Shabbat?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 New York - Which Orthodox rabbi gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat? We don’t know who it was, but we know who it wasn’t. It wasn’t Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw the First Daughter’s conversion to Judaism. It wasn’t Marvin Hier, who gave the invocation at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It wasn’t Levi Shemtov, the spiritual leader at the synagogue...

New York – Orthodox Union Asks Women Clergy To Change Their Titles

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 New York - Following its rabbinic ruling prohibiting synagogues from hiring female clergy, the Orthodox Union is pressuring synagogues that have hired the women to change their titles. In February, the Orthodox Union, an umbrella Orthodox Jewish group, issued a Jewish legal ruling by seven rabbis that bars women from serving as clergy or in a position of spiritual authority. Four O.U...

Moscow – Russian Court Orders A 2nd Chabad Rabbi Deported This Year

Friday, May 19th, 2017 Moscow - For the second time this year, Russian authorities have ordered out of the country a foreign Chabad rabbi who had lived there for years. This week, a Moscow district court ordered Yosef Khersonsky, an Israeli who heads one of the capital’s communities, to leave the Russian Federation in connection with his “setting up without permission a for-profit foreign entity,” the RIA...
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