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As Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico, synagogues cancel Rosh Hashanah services

Empty businesses stand along Avenida Munoz Rivera as residents prepare for a direct hit from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Empty businesses stand along Avenida Munoz Rivera as residents prepare for a direct hit from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2017. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Puerto Rico’s three synagogues closed for Rosh Hashanah as Hurricane Maria pummeled the island.

The synagogues, all in San Juan, cancelled Wednesday evening services for the Jewish New Year and urged members to stay home, according to The Times of Israel. [Read more…]

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Israeli student spray-painted graffiti on Auschwitz wall

Graffiti painted at Auschwitz by an Israeli high school student. (Twitter)

Graffiti spray-painted at Auschwitz by an Israeli high school student. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Students from an Israeli high school who visited the site of the former Auschwitz concentration camp said they will apologize after a member of their delegation spray-painted graffiti on a wall at the site.

The graffiti discovered in recent days on the wall of a cell block included the date of the visit, the name of the school and a Star of David, Ynet reported. Photos of the graffiti have been circulating on social media in recent days. [Read more…]

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Killing of Paris Jewish woman was anti-Semitic hate crime, prosecutors acknowledge

PARIS (JTA) – Prosecutors investigating the April slaying of a Jewish woman by her neighbour said for the first time that her killing was an anti-Semitic hate crime.

The characterization by prosecutors Wednesday in the death of Sarah Halimi followed months of lobbying and protest by French Jews, who were outraged by the absence of aggravated circumstances in the indictment against Traore Kobili. The 27-year-old Muslim man confessed to the killing and was heard shouting about Allah and calling Halimi “Satan” shortly before throwing her out the window of her three-story apartment. [Read more…]

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Israel sends search and rescue teams to Mexico in wake of severe earthquake

A ZAKA rescue team from Israel working near the site of an earthquake south of Mexico City, Sept. 20, 2017. (Courtesy of ZAKA)

A ZAKA rescue team from Israel working near the site of an earthquake south of Mexico City, Sept.
20, 2017. (Courtesy of ZAKA)

(JTA) – A search and rescue team will leave Israel for Mexico in the wake of a severe earthquake in Mexico.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the operation and said it would leave for Mexico as soon as possible, his office said Wednesday morning in a statement. A team of ZAKA volunteers from Israel is already in Mexico. [Read more…]

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Jerusalem hospital for disabled children to help ‘sorely lacking’ treatment in Russia

(JTA) – In a move designed to address the growing plight of disabled Jewish children in Russia, their community paired up with an Israel-based world-leader in treating their problems.

The Sept. 14 signing of a cooperation agreement between Shalva, an Israeli organization with over 25 years of experience in treating children with disabilities, and the Russian Jewish Congress followed the 2015 discontinuation of services for hundreds of thousands of disabled persons in Russia in the framework of a health reform that critics say is cruel. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu prefers scrapping Iran deal over fixing

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iran nuclear deal must be amended or cancelled, but suggested that scrapping the deal may be preferable.

“Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple – change it or cancel it, fix it or nix it,” Netanyahu said Tuesday, addressing the launch of this year’s United Nations General Assembly in New York. [Read more…]

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Jewish U.S. senators urge Netanyahu to protect pluralism in Israel

Haredi Jews try to prevent a group of American Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound during a protest march in the Old City of Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Haredi Jews try to prevent a group of American Conservative and Reform rabbis and Women of the Wall members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound during a protest march in the Old City of Jerusalem, Nov. 2, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – Bernie Sanders is among seven Jewish U.S. senators who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to implement an agreement to expand an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Western Wall.

Netanyahu’s cabinet put a hold in June on the deal passed in 2016, drawing the ire of North American Jewish leaders. [Read more…]

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