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Cruz, announcing presidential bid, says he’ll stand unapologetically with Israel

Cruz, announcing presidential bid, says he’ll stand unapologetically with Israel

(JTA) — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas criticized President Barack Obama’s relationship with Israel while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with Israel,” Cruz said during his announcement Monday at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school(…)

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Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community

Oregon couple to brew kosher kegs for community

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) — For Tim and Sonia Marie Leikam, the dream is nearly complete. Behind the couple’s tidy Victorian house on a tree-lined street in southeast Portland is a pitched-roof building that vaguely resembles a garage with too small a door. But inside, the gleaming stainless steel(…)

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Hillel’s Fingerhut pulls out of J Street forum over Erekat

Hillel’s Fingerhut pulls out of J Street forum over Erekat

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hillel International said its president, Eric Fingerhut, was pulling out of J Street’s upcoming annual conference because of the scheduled appearance there of Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator. But J Street isn’t buying it. In a statement Monday, the self-described pro-Israel, pro-peace group said(…)

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Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

Under cloud of Iran talk, AIPAC quietly courts progressives

By Sarah Wildman, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — At the AIPAC conference, a sea of 16,000 Israel supporters spent their time talking Iran policy amid the swirling controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. To the sidelines fell discussion of the Israeli elections, the peace process and Israeli innovation — as well(…)

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Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) – Until recently, Jo Borkan was thinking about leaving Portland. She had lived in the city almost her whole life and owns a house on the city’s east side. But Borkan craved a connection to Judaism, and she couldn’t seem to find one that fit with(…)

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Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

Is a new Jewish Portland rising in the east?

By Anthony Weiss, JTA World News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) – Until recently, Jo Borkan was thinking about leaving Portland. She had lived in the city almost her whole life and owns a house on the city’s east side. But Borkan craved a connection to Judaism, and she couldn’t seem to find one that fit with(…)

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Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

By Suzanne Pollak and Geoffrey W. Melada, JTA/Washington Jewish Week Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands(…)

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Neighbor charged in killing of three Muslims in North Carolina

Neighbor charged in killing of three Muslims in North Carolina

(JTA) – A neighbor was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three Muslims near the University of North Carolina. The victims in the Tuesday night shooting included a newlywed couple — UNC dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21. Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, a 19-year-old undergraduate at(…)

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Stanford student senate defeats Israel divestment measure

Stanford student senate defeats Israel divestment measure

(JTA) — The Stanford University student senate defeated an Israel divestment resolution. On Tuesday night, the Associated Students of Stanford University had nine votes for the measure and five against, with one abstention. But to pass, the measure required 66 percent of the senators to approve and finished with 64 percent. The resolution called on(…)

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Netanyahu’s U.S. speech exposes partisan fault lines on Israel

Netanyahu’s U.S. speech exposes partisan fault lines on Israel

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – The controversy over whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month is worrying pro-Israel Democrats about its possible impact on the 2016 elections. Even more worrisome, some Democrats say, are the voter trends underpinning the current tensions. The invitation to Netanyahu(…)

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U. of Calif. student group votes to divest from Israel, U.S.

U. of Calif. student group votes to divest from Israel, U.S.

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — The University of California Student Association passed two resolutions urging the university to divest from several countries, including Israel, the United States and Mexico. On Sunday, the association’s board of directors cited human rights violations in several countries in backing measures that urged the University of California Board of Regents to(…)

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Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue

Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness and concern. They just didn’t do so publicly. Statements condemning violence are normally made after formal(…)

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At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

At Cal Davis, swastikas at Jewish frat house follow BDS resolution

(JTA) — Two swastikas were spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity’s house at the University of California, Davis, two days after the student senate passed a divestment resolution targeting Israel. The swastikas were painted on the off-campus house of Alpha Epsilon Pi sometime early Saturday morning. “I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that this happened(…)

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