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  • Jews fleeing Hurricane Irma are taking refuge in Atlanta’s synagogues

      (JTA) — Rabbi Adam Starr was returning from an emergency trip to Houston, where he had helped a colleague clean up his synagogue after Harvey swept through that city, when his phone began to buzz. Jews from Florida had begun contacting Starr’s Atlanta synagogue seeking a safe haven from Hurricane Irma. So on Tuesday,…

  • Brooklyn Orthodox synagogue hires woman as spiritual leader

    (JTA) — A modern Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn has hired a woman as its spiritual leader, the latest in a handful of Orthodox synagogues to hire a woman to a clergy position. Prospect Heights Shul, a congregation in the neighborhood of the same name, has hired Michal Kohane as its interim spiritual leader to serve…

  • Bubbe lives in the path of Hurricane Irma. Now what?

    (JTA) — Beatrice Marks’ one-story home might flood this week. But she laughs off the threat. “It doesn’t faze me one bit. Not anymore,” said Marks, 86, whose community of seniors lies in the path of Hurricane Irma, which is set to make landfall in Florida at the end of the week. “As far as…

  • Not even Harvey could stop this family from publishing Houston’s Jewish paper

    (JTA) — As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Houston Friday, Vicki Samuels Levy dashed over to the offices of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, took the proofs of this week’s newspaper and went to her mother’s house. Then mother and daughter spent all night editing the paper. And as the waters rose and they had to…

  • Jewish summer camps are reopening to host Houston victims

    (JTA) — Three weeks ago, Lauren Laderman left Camp Young Judaea-Texas after serving as the unit head for 14-year-olds this summer. Then Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, and Laderman was back at camp, this time preparing the cabins for evacuees in need of a place to live. On Tuesday, families began moving into the…

  • Jewish day schools increase security with Charlottesville and bomb threats in mind

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Each year, the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis, Maryland, would run a monthly fire drill for its 32 students. Then the school was hit with a bomb threat in February. So this year, Aleph Bet is upping the ante, adding monthly evacuation drills to the fire drills. The bomb…

  • Ivanka’s former business partner, an Orthodox Jew, is facing a ‘mountain’ of legal and financial troubles, says Politico

    (JTA) — He’s been sued by his vendors. He’s been sued by his creditors. He’s been sued by his lawyers. The IRS has a lien against him. His name is Moshe Lax, and he’s Ivanka Trump’s former longtime business partner. He also introduced her to her husband, Jared Kushner. Lax, an Orthodox Jew, is the…

  • ADL hires Arab-American former Homeland Security official

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has hired George Selim, an Arab-American former official at the Department of Homeland Security who worked on countering violent extremism. Selim, who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, resigned last month from his role as director of the Office of Community Partnerships at…

  • Swastika drawn on New York City church that shares space with synagogue

    (JTA) — A swastika was drawn on a church in New York City that has shared space with a nearby synagogue. The swastika was found at the bottom of the doorway of the Methodist Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Wednesday, according to the West Side Rag. The…

  • American Muslims want to increase mosque security. They’re turning to Jews for help.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — With Islamophobic hate crimes on the rise, Muslim leaders are working harder to secure their mosques and institutions. Some are turning to Jewish experts for assistance. A few Jewish organizations have partnered with local and national Muslim groups to advise them on best security practices and advocate jointly for stronger hate…