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  • Syrian mortar lands in Golan as Netanyahu visits area

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Air Force targeted a Syrian military installation that fired a mortar at the Golan Heights at the same time as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting, The mortar landed on the Golan Heights near the Quneitra area on Wednesday as Netanyahu spoke about 10 miles away at an event marking the…

  • Upstate NY mikvah under construction vandalized with swastikas

    (JTA) — A mikvah under construction in a new haredi Orthodox neighborhood in upstate New York was vandalized with graffiti and swastikas. The vandalism in Bloomingburg, in the Catskills area, was discovered Sunday night. The new Satmar neighborhood was built to solve a haredi Orthodox housing shortage. The local sheriff’s office has opened an investigation…

  • Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, a former Soviet refusenik, addresses Russian parliament

    (JTA) — Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the Russian parliament more than three decades after his release from a Soviet prison. A Ukraine-born Soviet prisoner of conscience, Edelstein was imprisoned in 1984 on trumped-up drug charges because he was teaching Hebrew. He spent three years doing hard labor in Siberian camps. Edelstein, who was first…

  • US envoy to Israel David Friedman calls for Jewish unity, sheds diplomatic veneer

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, called for Jewish unity in his first public speech since taking office last month. Friedman also called out an unnamed Jewish organization for threatening to withdraw its support for Israel in the wake of the Israeli government’s decision on Sunday to freeze a compromise on egalitarian…

  • Support for Israel could wane with Western Wall deal frozen, Presidents Conference warns

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An erosion of American Jewish support for Israel could result from the freezing of the Western Wall agreement, an influential Jewish umbrella group said in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “It is imperative that the government move expeditiously to address this matter and come up with a resolution that…

  • Arrest made in vandalism of Boston Holocaust museum

    (JTA) — Police in Boston have arrested a city man in the vandalism of the Holocaust memorial there. James Issac, 21, of the Roxbury neighborhood, was arrested early Wednesday morning shortly after a glass panel of the New England Holocaust Museum was smashed with a large rock, the Boston Globe reported. Issac reportedly was identified…

  • Israeli lawmakers who vote for conversion bill not welcome in Chicago, Jewish federation head says

    (JTA) — Israeli lawmakers who vote for a conversion bill making its way through the Knesset are not welcome in Chicago, said a top Jewish leader there. “The federation in Chicago will not be hosting any member of Knesset that votes for this bill. None. They will not be welcome in our community,” Steven Nasatir,…

  • Israel and Russia only countries to view Trump more favorably than Obama, poll shows

    (JTA) — Israel and Russia were the only two countries to have a more favorable view of President Donald Trump than his predecessor, Barack Obama, at the end of his time in office, a survey found. The annual survey by the Pew Research Center on America’s image abroad also found that some 81 percent of…

  • $23 million recovered from estates of Bernard Madoff’s late sons

    (JTA) — The estates of the late sons of Bernard Madoff have agreed to give up $23 million to help settle claims by victims of his massive Ponzi scheme. The trustee recovering money for the victims, Irving Picard, reached an agreement with the estates of Andrew and Mark Madoff that would strip them of “all…

  • Rabbi, 38, dies at Hasidic Jewish camp

    (JTA) — A 38-year-old rabbi was found dead in his bed at a Hasidic Jewish camp in upstate New York. Rabbi Pinchas Elya Weinberger was discovered Monday morning at Kasho Camp in Wawarsing. He was teaching at the camp, which is affiliated with the Satmar sect. An investigation by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office found…