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  • Thousands gather at United Nations to oppose BDS

    UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — Thousands attended a conference opposing the BDS movement at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The conference on Wednesday, sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and Israel’s mission to the U.N., focused on ways to combat the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Sessions concerned opposing BDS on campus, among private…

  • When politics gets in the way of Jewish giving

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Lisa Greer didn’t think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel’s West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had given millions to progressive Jewish and Israel causes, and she sits on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles….

  • NY federation calls Republican health care bill ‘potentially disastrous’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York’s Jewish federation sent a letter to Congress members in the state opposing the Republican health care bill because of its potential negative impact on poor people. The letter sent Wednesday by Eric Goldstein, the CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, opposes provisions in the bill that would shift…

  • The 5 best exotic Passover hotels

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Sun Belt is so yesterday. For decades, the Passover all-inclusive holiday has become a mainstay for a certain subset of Orthodox Jews with expendable income. Families that observe the holiday and its strict dietary laws can ditch the cleaning, the koshering and the cooking for eight days in the sun, with…

  • JCC bomb threat suspect, named Michael Kaydar, reportedly used Bitcoin, Google Voice

    (JTA) — The Israeli-American teenager suspected of perpetrating more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish institutions used technologies including Google Voice, a call forwarding service, and Bitcoin, a digital currency, to make the threats. According to an article in The Daily Beast, the 19-year-old suspect’s name is Michael Kaydar. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested Kaydar at his home…

  • Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups’ narrative on anti-Semitism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jewish teen — an Israeli, no less — was behind most of the approximately 150…

  • 6 decades after synagogue bombing, Atlanta Jews feel threats again

    ATLANTA (JTA) — When Janice Rothschild Blumberg first heard that a bomb threat had hit an Atlanta Jewish center, she had only one thought: “It’s happening all over again.” Blumberg, 93, remembers her shock in 1958 when white supremacists bombed her synagogue, then called the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation and commonly known as The Temple. The…

  • Jewish teen network donates more than $1 million

    (JTA) — Jewish teens in a program for budding philanthropists donated more than $1 million during the 2015-16 school year, with nearly two-thirds going to Jewish organizations. The donations, which were given to 300 recipients, came from about 1,700 teens organized in 50 groups known as “teen foundations.” The total was some $100,000 higher than in…

  • Trump era prompts Jewish donors to step up giving to liberal causes

    ATLANTA (JTA) — For decades, the Lippman Kanfer family has focused its philanthropy on local Jewish communities and national initiatives to teach Torah — funding causes from the Anshe Sfard Congregation in Akron, Ohio, to a Jewish day school network. But since Nov. 8, Election Day, the family has been talking about another set of…

  • Finally, Jewish camp for adults

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The campers wake up in their cabins on Friday morning, dress and go to breakfast. Next comes a range of activities — arts and crafts, archery, kickball. Then, after an hour of primping and preening for Shabbat, they gather as the sun sets and head to Shabbat dinner, where they will…