JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the light rail attack in Jerusalem that killed a 3-month-old girl. [Read more...]
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An infant was killed and eight people were injured when a car crashed into a light rail station in Jerusalem. [Read more...]
(JTA) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the “deep commitment” of the United States to Israel’s security at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart. [Read more...]
(JTA) – A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex. [Read more...]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said an independent board will look into the shelling of UN agencies during the Gaza conflict as well as instances in which weaponry was found on UN premises. [Read more...]
Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, released the following statement:
Today is a horrifying and tragic day for our city. As are all Ottawans and Canadians, we are shocked, saddened and outraged by the shooting incidents downtown in our nation’s capital. We mourn the loss of a Canadian soldier and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time, as well as with the Ottawa police and all first responders who are going to extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of all citizens. [Read more...]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – A fragment of a stone engraved with an inscription dedicated to the Roman emperor Hadrian was discovered in Jerusalem. [Read more...]
NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before a “practice dunk” in the mikvah prior to her formal conversion to Judaism, the whole request seemed a bit odd, she says. [Read more...]
(JTA) – The Israeli Chief Rabbinate said it will recognize all past conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington, D.C. rabbi charged with voyeurism.
On Tuesday, the Rabbinate clarified that it was joining the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America in affirming the validity of the conversions.
“The Chief Rabbinate of Israel clarifies that the Rabbi Freundel affair has no effect on the policy of recognizing conversions performed by him in the past,” Rabbinate spokesman Ziv Maor wrote to JTA in a text message.
Maor also wrote that until further notice, the Rabbinate will not recognize future conversions performed by Rabbi Freundel.
“I’m pleased to see that the Rabbinate clarified the matter and acted relatively quickly in order to alleviate any further suffering on the part of Rabbi Freundel’s victims,” said Rabbi Seth Farber, director of the ITIM Jewish Life Advocacy Center, which pushed the Rabbinate to recognize the conversions.
JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Jerusalem City Council elected two new chief rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former chief rabbi of Israel. [Read more...]