Established in 1937 as “a force for constructive communal consciousness,” the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin communicates the messages of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and its agencies, and, as the city’s only Jewish newspaper, aims to inform, inspire and enrich the lives of all members of this diverse community.

Steven Hill, Orthodox Jewish actor who played ‘Law & Order’ DA, dies at 94

Steven Hill appeared in 225 episodes of “Law & Order” from 1990 to 2000. (NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

Steven Hill appeared in 225 episodes of “Law & Order” from 1990 to 2000. (NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Steven Hill, an Orthodox Jewish actor best known for playing a Jewish Manhattan district attorney on the hit TV series “Law & Order,” has died at 94.

Hill, who sacrificed numerous career opportunities in order to observe Shabbat, died Tuesday in Monsey, New York, Hollywood Reporter said, citing Hill’s son, Rabbi Yehoshua Hill. [Read more…]

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Israeli troops rescue Hasidic group illegally visiting Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus

(JTA) – Israeli troops rescued a group of haredi Orthodox Jews who attempted to visit Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus.

Two of the 60 Jewish pilgrims who visited the holy site overnight Tuesday were injured by Palestinian rock throwers. Half of the Jewish visitors, members of the Breslover Hasidic movement, were detained by police after being extricated from the site. The Hasidim also threw rocks at the local Palestinians. [Read more…]

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London’s Muslim mayor hit with anti-Semitic messages for not backing Corbyn to lead Labour

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, with wife Saadiya, on Election Day, May 5, 2016. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, with wife Saadiya, on Election Day, May 5, 2016. (Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

(JTA) – London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city, has been bombarded with anti-Semitic messages since he said he would not support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election.

Several of the messages suggested that he had been influenced by Jews, the London-based news website Jewishnews.uk reported. [Read more…]

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Yarden Gerbi offers winning Olympic name patch for charity

Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan during the women’s bronze medal judo bout on day four of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 9, 2016. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan during the women’s bronze medal judo bout on day four of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 9, 2016. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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(JTA) – Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kg judo competition at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity.

Gerbi has offered the name patch for sale on eBay, and agreed to autograph it with a dedication to the buyer. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic graffiti painted at D.C. intersection for fifth time

(JTA) – Anti-Semitic graffiti has appeared for the fifth time this month at one of the busiest intersections in the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C.

Earlier this month, vandals repeatedly painted the word “Jew” on the images of rats appearing on an outdoor Chinese Zodiac public art display. On Monday, swastikas were discovered painted on the street nearby, the DCist news website reported. [Read more…]

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Senior Paris rabbi defends controversial burkini ban

(JTA) – A senior Paris rabbi defended a string of controversial municipal bans in France on wearing publicly the full-body swimsuit known as burkini.

Rabbi Moshe Sebbag of the Grand Synagogue of Paris told JTA Tuesday he supported in principle the regulations adopted earlier this month in 15 French municipalities, including the famed beach resort Cannes, against the garb, which French Prime Minister Manuel Valls last week said was part of a “political project” to perpetuate female servitude. [Read more…]

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Hungarian Jewish leader returns state award in protest

(JTA) – The president of Hungary’s main Jewish umbrella organization, Mazsihisz, has returned a high state award to protest the same award being presented to a nationalist journalist described as racist and anti-Semitic.

In a Facebook post, Andras Heisler, who is also a vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, said he was returning the Knight’s Cross, which he was awarded in 2011, following presentation of the honour last week to the right-wing journalist and columnist Zsolt Bayer.  [Read more…]

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