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  • 7 more Western JCCs, San Francisco ADL office evacuated in bomb threat wave

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seven additional Jewish community centers, all in Western states, and the San Francisco office of the Anti-Defamation League were evacuated after bomb threats, bringing Monday’s total of threats to 29. The Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish community, reported JCC evacuations in Tucson and Phoenix in Arizona; Orange…

  • Bernie Sanders at J Street: One can be pro-Israel and rap its government

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking with affection of his life in Israel decades ago, told a rapturous J Street conference that one could sharply criticize the Israeli government’s policies and be pro-Israel. Sanders, I-Vt., speaking Monday in his first Middle East policy speech since ending his bid last June for the Democratic…

  • J Street, JCPA launch conferences grappling with Jewish advocacy under Trump

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — J Street, the liberal Middle East policy group, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the public policy umbrella for Jewish community councils around the country, launched annual conferences in Washington that each focused on challenges to Jewish activism during the Trump administration. J Street’s adversarial relationship to the new administration was…

  • At Las Vegas confab, Republican Jews gingerly find reasons to celebrate Trump’s presidency

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) – Republican Jews have President Donald Trump to thank for their party’s renewed dominance of Washington politics. So what do they think of him? Marlyn Appelbaum paused to contemplate the question at the opening of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s confab at the Venetian resort hotel here Friday evening. Then she avoided mentioning the president. “My biggest…

  • Tom Perez wins DNC chair, names Keith Ellison deputy, after race that included focus on Jewish issues

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Tom Perez, the former Labor Department secretary, was elected Democratic National Committee chairman and immediately named his rival, Rep. Keith Ellison, as his deputy. Perez was elected Saturday on the second ballot, winning 235 votes out of the 435 cast by electors in Atlanta. Perez had the backing of mainstream Jewish Democrats…

  • US authorities almost deport French Jewish Holocaust era scholar

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. authorities came close to deporting an Egyptian-born French Jewish Holocaust-era scholar on his way to speak at a symposium at Texas A&M. Henry Rousso was detained for ten hours starting Wednesday evening in Houston. The university enlisted one of its law professors who specializes in immigrant rights to intervene, The Eagle,…

  • Pence pledges Trump will keep Iran from going nuclear, walks back Jerusalem promise

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence pledged to Jewish Republicans that the Trump administration would “never allow” Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, but walked back President Donald Trump’s promise to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. “We told the ayatollahs of Iran they should check the calendar, there’s a new president in…

  • Republican Jews tap former Sen. Norm Coleman as chairman

    LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Norm Coleman, a former U.S. senator from Minnesota, is the new head of the Republican Jewish Coalition. replaced its longtime chairman, David Flaum, with The RJC board voted Coleman in on Friday during its annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas to succeed longtime chairman David Flaum. Statements by Coleman and Flaum in the RJC…

  • Israel backtracks on barring Human Rights Watch staffer

    (JTA) — Israel said an American employee of Human Rights Watch may enter the country on a tourist visa and should reapply for a work visa days after barring his entry for alleged anti-Israel bias. “This is to clarify that the HRW representative may enter Israel with a tourist visa,” Itai Bar-Dov, the spokesman for…

  • ‘Rebuilding’ efforts overshadow Jewish issues in DNC election

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The race to lead the Democratic National Committee is nothing if not granular. Among the leading candidates Tom Perez, the former labor secretary, says “every ZIP code counts.” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, touts his “50 plus” states strategy. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., talks about a “3,143 county strategy.”…