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Decaying relations with Diaspora yield bold words in Israel, but little action

Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Worshipers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli politicians rushed to condemn their government’s decision Sunday to freeze a plan promoting pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall.

Voices from across the political spectrum, including members of the governing coalition, criticized the vote by the cabinet as a reckless affront to North American Jewry. They warned it could weaken the community’s support for Israel. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu’s office defends vote to freeze Western Wall agreement

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Prime Minister’s Office in Israel said it was working to ensure that Jews of all streams can feel comfortable praying at the Western Wall after the Cabinet voted to freeze an agreement that would have made a permanent space there for women and men to pray as they wish.

Non-Orthodox and feminist groups in Israel and the Diaspora reacted with outrage Sunday at the news that the government had suspended the 17-month-old agreement under pressure from haredi Orthodox interests.  [Read more…]

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Jewish Agency, Reform movement cancel meetings with Netanyahu following Western Wall decision

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gesturing in the Western Wall tunnels before the start of a special weekly Cabinet in Jerusalem, May 28, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gesturing in the Western Wall tunnels before the start of a special weekly cabinet in Jerusalem, May 28, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors cancelled a scheduled dinner with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after an Israeli government decision to freeze a plan to create an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

Also on Monday, the heads of the Reform movement in North America and Israel said they would cancel a meeting scheduled for Thursday with Netanyahu in the wake of the Western Wall decision. The meeting had been arranged several weeks ago. [Read more…]

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Sheldon Adelson questioned for second time in corruption case against Netanyahu

Sheldon Adelson with wife Miriam at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, Feb. 24, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Sheldon Adelson with wife Miriam at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting at The Venetian Las Vegas, Feb. 24, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(JTA) – American Jewish billionaire philanthropist Sheldon Adelson was questioned by police for a second time in a corruption investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Adelson met on Monday with investigators from the Israel Police serious crime investigative unit. His wife Miriam also was scheduled to meet with investigators. [Read more…]

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Hungarian Jews slam prime minister’s praises for Hitler ally Horthy

(JTA) – Hungarian Jews condemned their prime minister’s praises for a former leader who was an ally of Adolf Hitler and oversaw the murder of more than 500,000 Holocaust victims.

In a speech on Wednesday, Viktor Orban included Miklós Horthy among people he said were “exceptional statesmen” in Hungary for leading the country after the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. Horthy signed anti-Jewish laws in 1938 and 1939, and earlier in 1920. [Read more…]

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Three barred from Chicago lesbian march for carrying ‘triggering’ Star of David pride flags

A view of the San Francisco Pride Parade, June 30, 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)

A view of the San Francisco Pride Parade, June 30, 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – A parade in Chicago celebrating the lesbian community barred three Jewish women for carrying Jewish Pride flags.

Organizers of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March told the women that the rainbow flags with a white Star of David in the center would be a “trigger,” or traumatic stimulus, for people who found them offensive. [Read more…]

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