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U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

(JTA) — The United States is tightening controls on military sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict in Gaza.On July 20, days after Israel began its ground invasion in Gaza, Israel requested and received a shipment of munitions from the Pentagon without prior approval from the White House, according to The Wall Street(…)

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Ebbing support for Israel among key groups stirring alarm

Ebbing support for Israel among key groups stirring alarm

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – If the results of a recent focus group and polls are any indication, the gap is growing between Congress and young Americans when it comes to support for Israel. Polls conducted in late July by Gallup and the Pew Research Center found that support for Israel is weaker(…)

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Dems and GOP unite in Senate to approve extra Iron Dome funding

Dems and GOP unite in Senate to approve extra Iron Dome funding

JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate unanimously approved new funds to Israel for its Iron Dome anti-missile system after Republicans and Democrats settled differences over how to pass the bill. The emergency supplemental bill passed Friday adds $225 million to $350 million for the system, which Israel has credited with hitting over(…)

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Several GOP senators block infusion of cash for Iron Dome

Several GOP senators block infusion of cash for Iron Dome

JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Senate Republicans blocked Israel’s request of an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system during the current Gaza Strip conflict. Republicans had initially objected to the inclusion of the request by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, in a $2.7 billion funding(…)

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For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service BALTIMORE (JTA) — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get(…)

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US airlines cancel flights to Israel

US airlines cancel flights to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) –United, U.S. Airways and Delta Airlines canceled their flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket fired from Gaza struck near the Israeli airport. Delta and United both said they were suspending all flights to Israel until further notice. A spokesman for American Airlines, the parent company of U.S. Airways, told JTA that the airline was “monitoring the situation.” U.S. Airways(…)

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies

(JTA) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, has died at age 89. A maverick rabbi who started out in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Schachter-Shalomi transitioned over time toward a New Age, neo-Hasidic approach, gaining a substantial following on his own but also influencing other Jewish denominations. His nontraditional approaches to Jewish(…)

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Jewish man creates a Christian mezuzah called Christooza

Jewish man creates a Christian mezuzah called Christooza

(JNS.org) A Jewish man from the Queens borough of New York City is selling a Christian mezuzah dubbed the Christooza. Henry Zabarsky has created a hollow cross made from plastic which, like a traditional mezuzah, contains a prayer-inscribed parchment and must be affixed to a door post. Zabarsky, a financial adviser, came up with the(…)

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Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA World News LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Part “God Bless America,” part “Shabbat Shalom,” the Fourth of July this year falls on a Friday. In this land of religious freedom, how do we plan to observe both? As the sun sets over the “fruited plain,” will we be lighting Shabbat candles(…)

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Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews. Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority leader. He is the(…)

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Ready for Hillary launches Jewish outreach

Ready for Hillary launches Jewish outreach

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A political action committee preparing the ground for a Hillary Rodham Clinton run for the presidency launched a Jewish outreach. Jewish Americans Ready for Hillary launched last week just before the Shavuot holiday. It is attached to Ready for Hillary, a so-called Super PAC founded in January 2013 by former staffers and(…)

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