Category Archives: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Jewish Life Stories: An Israeli-American soldier falls in battle

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Trudeau appoints Jewish lawmaker as new adviser on Canadian Jewish community and antisemitism

A Jewish member of Canada’s parliament was tapped as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new adviser on the Jewish community and combating antisemitism following a series of violent attacks on synagogues and Jewish schools. Anthony Housefather’s appointment Friday came as Canada has seen a spike in violent antisemitism. Read more » »

With Oct. 7 on their minds, Jewish teens head to gathering of thousands with renewed sense of priorities

When 18-year-old TJ Katz was elected last February to be international president of BBYO after four years of deep involvement with the Jewish youth organization, the New Jersey teen was exceedingly excited. Read more » »

30 years ago, Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon starred in ‘School Ties’ — one of Hollywood’s few movies about antisemitism at school

(JTA) — After a long career pause brought on by an assault-induced depression and injuries, actor Brendan Fraser is back in headlines, earning early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming movie “The Whale. Read more » »

A Jewish art exhibit at Princeton was canceled over ties to the Confederacy. Jewish scholars are outraged.

(JTA) — Princeton University spent months planning an exhibit of 19th-century American Jewish art before cancelling the show because two of its featured artists had supported the Confederacy. The cancellation has drawn criticism from the exhibit’s Jewish donors and consulting historians. They say the decision “rewrites art history. Read more » »

Dutch universities to ignore query on ties to Jewish groups – but may divulge on Israel – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

(JTA) — A group of public universities in the Netherlands said that they will ignore a controversial freedom of information query on their ties with Jewish groups, but they appeared willing in principle to disclose their connections with Israeli entities. Read more » »

Dutch universities order staff to reveal their ties to Jewish and Israeli groups – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

(JTA) — At the behest of a pro-Palestinian organization whose critics say is antisemitic, administrators at more than a dozen Dutch universities are instructing their staff to list their interactions with Israeli and Jewish organizations. Read more » »

Pro-Israel pastor apologizes for hosting event where Michael Flynn called for US to have ‘one religion’

(JTA) — The Christian Zionist pastor of a major church asked forgiveness for allowing the church to host an event where Michael Flynn said that the United States should only have one religion. “Last week I allowed an event to be held at Cornerstone Church by an outside organization,” Pastor Matt Hagee said in a statement Thursday. Read more » »

Simchat Torah on Arkhipova Street: Jewish Pride and Dreams of America – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

On Simchat Torah, Jews owned Arkhipova Street outside Moscow’s Choral Synagogue, but many in the closely pressed throng of more than 10,000 were ready to sell it for an exit visa to the United States. They came to the synagogue last Saturday night to affirm their identity as Jews, although few inside held siddurim and few knew when to say “Amen. Read more » »

20 years ago, the UN Durban Conference aimed to combat racism. It devolved into a ‘festival of hate’ against Jews.

(JTA) — Some of the Jewish organizational officials flying into the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, on the last week of August 2001 were excited. They believed the U.N.’s anti-racism conference there would be an opportunity to exchange notes on a cause that the Jewish world had worked on for decades. Read more » »