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  • Britain joins US in opposing UN health body’s resolution singling out Israel

    (JTA) — 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…

  • Among Lithuania’s Jews, a fight for communal control takes a nasty ethnic turn

    (JTA) — Dan Sofer and his wife considered it a great honor when they became the first couple since the Holocaust to be wed in Lithuania by a chief rabbi of that country. Sofer, a Ukraine-born businessman from Israel, said his wedding in 2004 was a chance to play a small part in the revival of…

  • Estonian Jewry celebrates revival 75 years after Nazis declared it extinct

    (JTA) — Seventy-five years after the Nazis declared that Estonia was “Jew free,” the Baltic country’s president celebrated the return of Jewish life there at an event attended by Israeli politicians and rabbis. President Kersti Kaljulaid received the guests, including Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, David Lau, at a ceremony Thursday in Tallinn, the capital, celebrating…

  • Pope, Reform leader in Vatican meeting share concerns over Trump immigration policies

    (JTA) — Pope Francis told the president of the Union for Reform Judaism that he has “concerns” about the rump administration’s approach to immigration, the group said. Rabbi Rick Jacobs met with the pope privately for 20 minutes on Friday at the Vatican as part of Jacobs’ involvement in helping immigrants and refugees in the…

  • Hungarian state TV airs Iranian leader calling George Soros ‘evil Zionist-American’

    (JTA) — A public broadcaster in Hungary broadcast an Iranian leader attacking George Soros as “an evil Zionist-American multi-billionaire,”  spurring condemnation from Hungarian Jewry. On Wednesday “Hirado,” the main news show of the state MTVA channel, also included quotes from Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the supreme spiritual leader in Iran, saying that Soros was responsible for…

  • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly failed to disclose multimillion-dollar art collection

    (JTA) — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump failed to disclose to tax authorities a multimillion-dollar art collection they have amassed since they were married in 2009, a news site on the arts sector reported. Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump have acquired works by blue-chip and emerging artists,…

  • Amid criticism, Texas theater doubles down on female-only ‘Wonder Woman’ showing

    (JTA) — Management at a Texas movie theater laughed off criticism over alleged sexism in its decision to hold a women’s-only premiere of the film “Wonder Woman” starring the Israeli actress Gal Gadot. The backlash against the Austin franchise of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain took place on Facebook following its announcement on social media…

  • Scuffle erupts at rally against CUNY’s hosting of BDS promoter Linda Sarsour

    (JTA) — A scuffle broke out between supporters and critics of the City University of New York’s plan to host Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, an opponent of President Donald Trump’s agenda and a supporter of attempts to boycott Israel. The incident occurred Thursday night outside the CUNY building in Manhattan, where activists against radical Islam,…

  • In France, a Jewish TV celebrity is called out for gay bashing

    (JTA) — By airing live and graphic interviews with gay men about their sexuality, the Jewish television presenter Cyril Hanouna lifted briefly a decades-long taboo that usually keeps such content off mainstream broadcasts in France. But instead of accolades, the 42-year-old comedian was forced to apologize for what thousands of viewers and key advertisers called a…

  • Czech Parliament resolution calls for recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

    (JTA) — The Czech Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution calling on the country’s government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A majority of lawmakers voted for the measure on Tuesday ahead of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the Czech news agency CTK reported. The report did not include the text of the…