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  • Muslim group honors Jews for empowering Muslims

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Muslim Public Affairs Council is honoring two Jews with an annual award given to those who “champion the political empowerment of American Muslims.” The recipients of this year’s Empowering Voices award include Stosh Cotler, CEO of the liberal social action group Bend the Arc, and Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at…

  • Netanyahu to meet with US Jewish leaders

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet this weekend in New York with organizational Jewish leaders. Unlike in previous years, the meeting will be low-key, with no public events, according to Jewish Insider. Netanyahu’s relationship with the organized American Jewish community has been fraught in recent months after he reneged on a…

  • Trump invites Orthodox, but not Jewish groups who snubbed him, to High Holidays conference call

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump has invited representatives from three major Orthodox umbrella groups to join a pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call, but pointedly left off the invitation list two liberal denominations that had said earlier they would not take part. The call to take place Friday morning comes three weeks after three non-Orthodox movements…

  • Trump ‘looks forward’ to signing resolution condemning neo-Nazis

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump will “absolutely” sign a congressional resolution that “rejects white nationalism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism as hateful,” his spokeswoman said. “He looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday during a briefing with reporters. With bipartisan majorities, the U.S. Senate and House…

  • American Jews overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump, poll finds

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — American Jews overwhelmingly disapprove of President Donald Trump in just about every area, scoring him lower than his predecessor even on topics like Israel, where Jewish approval of Barack Obama was relatively low, according to an American Jewish Committee poll. The survey also shows a sharp uptick in concerns about anti-Semitism in…

  • Edie Windsor, whose Supreme Court victory paved the way for LGBTQ marriage, dies at 88

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Edie Windsor, whose fight for marriage equality ended with a historic victory and was suffused with her Jewish sensibility, has died at 88. The New York Times on Tuesday quoted her second wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, as confirming her death. In 2009, Windsor was denied a spouse’s exemption and forced to pay federal…

  • Israel will ‘act to enforce’ Syria red lines, its US ambassador says

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to Washington, told a Rosh Hashanah event packed with U.S. officials that Israel would enforce two red lines in the civil war in neighboring Syria: the transfer of major weapons to Hezbollah and the establishment of a permanent Iranian beachhead in the country. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

  • After a year of terror, the Jews of Whitefish, Montana, look ahead

    (JTA) — Around the picnic tables at Whitefish City Beach on the final Shabbat eve of last month, the Montana town’s tiny Jewish community shared kosher hot dogs, veggie burgers and memories of terror. In a year when white supremacists have been ascendant, at least in their public profile, perhaps no community has been harder…

  • Who are the Jewish ‘Dreamers’?

    (JTA) — Our email inboxes were stuffed last week with statements from Jewish organizations urging continued protection for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Last Monday, President Donald Trump said he was giving six months notice to end the DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, launched by his…

  • ADL alarmed by author speaking to Congress who links gun control and Holocaust

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern that a witness at a congressional hearing on a controversial gun bill  wrote a book arguing that gun control rendered Jews defenseless during the Holocaust. Stephen Halbrook, who wrote “Gun Control in the Third Reich” in 2015, is set to appear Tuesday at a meeting of the…