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Canada Post issues first Chanukah stamp

Canada's first ever Chanukah postage stamp, released November 21, 2017 by Canada Post.

Canada’s first ever Chanukah postage stamp, released November 21, 2017 by Canada Post.

(JTA) – Canada Post has issued the first ever Chanukah stamp in Canada’s 150-year-history.

Described as part of an initiative to highlight the nation’s cultural diversity, the stamp features a colourful geometric design showing a menorah. [Read more…]

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Penn State students charged in menorah vandalism

(JTA) – Four Penn State University students are being charged with stealing a 9-foot menorah from the home of the campus Chabad rabbi and leaving it damaged outside a traditionally Jewish fraternity.

The students, who were caught on surveillance camera footage late last month placing the damaged menorah on the porch of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, reportedly are members of other campus fraternities. [Read more…]

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Natalie Portman says she has ‘100 stories’ of discrimination or harassment

Natalie Portman speaking at the Vulture Festival L.A. in Hollywood, Nov. 19, 2017. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

Natalie Portman speaking at the Vulture Festival L.A. in Hollywood, Nov. 19, 2017. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

(JTA) – Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she has had “discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way.”

Portman was asked about the many sexual harassment and abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood in recent weeks during her talk Sunday at Vulture Festival L.A. [Read more…]

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Polish Jewish leaders meet with ruling party leader in wake of nationalist marches

(JTA) – Leaders of Polish Jewry said they flagged what they termed rising intolerance in the country during a meeting with a ruling party politician, but the party denied the subject was broached.

Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich and Leslaw Piszewski, the president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, met Friday with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a founder of the Law and Justice Party, to discuss various topics, including the “issue of growing intolerance towards various minorities, including the Jews,” Schudrich told JTA Monday. [Read more…]

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