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.

Hidden blueprint leads diggers to ancient ritual baths of Vilnius synagogue

(JTA) – A newly discovered blueprint of the destroyed great synagogue in Vilnius led a team of archaeologists to unearth the remains of two ritual baths that were used by congregants of one of Europe’s largest and most prominent Jewish communities before its annihilation.

The synagogue, which was at the heart of the large Jewish community in Vilnius for hundreds of years, was destroyed in the Holocaust. But the baths, or mikvahs, and underground spaces discovered in a study carried out last year led to the excavation of the site by Israeli, Lithuanian and American archaeologists and the exposure of the ritual baths, the Heritage Daily reported Thursday. [Read more…]

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Charlottesville says it provided protection to synagogue, refuting initial account

Police blocking off the street after a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Police blocking off the street after a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Local officials said police provided protection to a synagogue during a far-right rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia refuting a claim by a Jewish community leader that they had refused to do so.

On Friday, Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones said it “is simply not the case that Congregation Beth Israel was left unguarded” during Saturday’s event, when neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered in the city. The synagogue’s senior rabbi also seemed to confirm the police statement. [Read more…]

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Palestinian ex-terrorist deported from U.S. for lying on citizenship application

(JTA) – A Palestinian who lied about her involvement in terrorist attacks was ordered to be deported for illegally obtaining her citizenship from the United States, where she has lived for 22 years.

On Thursday, a U.S. federal court in Detroit ordered Rasmea Odeh’s deportation, citing her admission to lying on her citizenship application, the news site Click on Detroit reported. [Read more…]

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Windows smashed at Northern California synagogue

SAN FRANCISCO (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) – Police  are investigating what appears to be vandalism at Temple Israel in the Bay Area city of Alameda.

On Aug. 17, congregational president Genevieve Pastor-Cohen sent an email to the congregation stating, “in the morning, it was discovered that two classroom windows had been smashed,” and noting that police and Harbor Bay Security had been notified. [Read more…]

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AIPAC in rare non-Israel statement rebukes Trump over Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (JTA) – In a rare statement unrelated to Israel or the Middle East, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) implicitly rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump for drawing equivalence between the sides in the Charlottesville clash.

“AIPAC shares the outrage and deep concern of our fellow Americans about the inexcusable violence and sickening displays of racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville this weekend,” the prominent Israel lobbying group said in a statement posted on Twitter. [Read more…]

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13 dead, over 50 injured in Barcelona van-ramming attack near kosher restaurant

Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd on the Rambla in Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

Medical staff members and policemen standing in a cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, August 17, 2017. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A van plowed through a crowd of people on Barcelona’s main shopping street, reportedly killing at least 13 people and injuring over 50 others.

Police said they were treating the Thursday incident as a terrorist attack, according to the French news agency AFP. [Read more…]

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