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  • Trump reportedly considering nixing anti-Semitism envoy as part of budget plan

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump reportedly is considering cutting a number of special envoy positions, including one dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism, as part of a forthcoming budget proposal. Trump will propose increasing defense spending by $54 billion and make cuts to federal agencies to accommodate the 10 percent defense increase in the new budget plan, Bloomberg…

  • White House condemns Jewish cemetery vandalism, JCC bomb threats ‘in strongest terms’

    (JTA) — The Trump administration denounced vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats made against Jewish community centers across the country. The condemnation, made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, came hours after at least 21 Jewish community centers were hit with bomb threats in the fifth wave of such incidents this year, and a day after about 100 headstones were…

  • Meet the Jewish couple leading the Trump resistance

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The group at the forefront of “resisting the Trump agenda” started in the middle of December with a single document circulated among friends. One that was “poorly formatted” and “full of typos,” in the words of one of its authors, Leah Greenberg. As of this week, the Indivisible guide to grassroots advocacy has been…

  • Reform movement, ADL slam Trump rollback of protections for transgender students

    (JTA) — The Reform movement, the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups denounced the decision by President Donald Trump to rescind regulations allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. Trump on Wednesday rejected the Obama administration’s order that public schools allow transgender students to choose which bathrooms to use. Leaders of the…

  • Marlee Matlin honored with Ruderman Award for disability activism

    (JTA) — Oscar-winning Jewish actress Marlee Matlin is being honored by the Ruderman Family Foundation for her activism on behalf of people with disabilities. Matlin, who is deaf, will be recognized with the annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, the foundation announced Wednesday in a statement. The actress, who serves as a spokeswoman for…

  • South Carolina man who ranted about Jews arrested for planning shooting ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof’

    (JTA) — A South Carolina man who ranted against Jews was arrested for buying a gun for a shooting “in the spirit of” a white supremacist who killed nine at a black church, according to a federal complaint. Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, a former convict with connections to white supremacists, was arrested Wednesday after he bought a handgun…

  • Hate crimes against Jews in NY have doubled in ’17, police say

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Hate crimes against Jews have more than doubled in New York City since the start of the new year from the same period in 2016, police reported. The city’s Police Department said 56 hate crimes were reported from Jan. 1 to Feb. 12, with 28 of the incidents targeting Jews, according to…

  • Most Americans maintain favorable view of Israel, poll finds

    (JTA) — Seventy-one percent of Americans view Israel favorably, the fourth straight year the Jewish state has received a favorable rating of 70 percent or higher, a Gallup poll found. The survey was released Wednesday, ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States and meeting with President Donald Trump. It was conducted earlier this month. The…

  • Number of US hate groups rose in 2016 — and most are anti-Semitic, civil rights center finds

    (JTA) — The number of hate groups in the United States rose in 2016, and most of them subscribe to anti-Semitic views, a civil rights group found. Last year, 917 hate groups were active, up from 892 in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC released a list of…

  • A wedding saved a woman from deportation — and 4 other surprising Jewish love stories for Valentine’s Day

    In celebration of its 2017 centennial, JTA is highlighting stories from its archive. (JTA) — Since its founding in 1917, JTA has documented the stories of Jews around the world, including unique tales of love, from a Jewish wedding that took place in a hotel room previously reserved for Adolf Hitler to “proxy” marriages that allowed Syrian Jewish…