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.

Palestinian teens shot in legs during attempted stabbing attack

(JTA) – Two Palestinian teens were wounded in their legs after they attempted to stab Israeli security forces at a West Bank junction.

Border Police at an observation point near the Tapuach junction on Tuesday saw the teens approaching a bus shelter at the traffic circle. They called on the teens to stop and after they refused shot into the air, according to the Border Police. [Read more…]

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Pence prays at Western Wall

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence made what is billed as a private visit to the Western Wall.

Pence and his wife, Karen, spent about 10 minutes at the site on Tuesday, the last stop on the Israel leg of the vice-president’s Middle East trip. They each approached and prayed at the wall, the vice-president in the men’s section and his wife in the women’s section. [Read more…]

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Neil Diamond gives up touring after Parkinson’s diagnosis

Neil Diamond singing “Sweet Caroline” during a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, April 20, 2013. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Neil Diamond singing “Sweet Caroline” during a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, April 20, 2013. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Jewish singer-songwriter Neil Diamond announced he is giving up touring after recently being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The Australia and New Zealand leg of his 50th Anniversary tour scheduled for March have been cancelled, according to the announcement. [Read more…]

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Polish neo-Nazis thrive as authorities fail to act, Jewish community leader says

Thousands of people marching at Poland´s annual Independency Day march in Warsaw. (Lorena de la Cuesta/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Thousands of people marching at Poland´s annual Independency Day march in Warsaw. (Lorena de la Cuesta/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

(JTA) – Following a television report about neo-Nazis in Poland, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities said that extremists are thriving due to inaction by the government.

A TVN report over the weekend featured young men filmed displaying swastikas and speaking positively about Adolf Hitler. The report showed about 10 individuals from the Pride and Modernity group who celebrated Hitler’s birthday on April 20 at a private residence with a cake featuring a swastika glaze. They also burned a swastika made of wood. [Read more…]

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Israeli defense minister bans chief rabbi from military ceremonies

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attending a conference in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jan. 13, 2016. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef attending a conference in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel, Jan. 13, 2016. (Yaakov Lederman/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A meeting between Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi and the Israeli army’s chief rabbi was cancelled after the defense minister banned the chief rabbi from military ceremonies.

On Saturday, Avigdor Liberman banned Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and two other rabbis from the military events after they criticized the Israel Defense Forces mixed-gender units. The meeting scheduled for Monday was canceled a day earlier. [Read more…]

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Mike Pence says U.S. Embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of next year

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaking to the Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2018. (Ariel Schalit/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem by no later than the end of next year during an address to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

In his address Monday, the first by a U.S. vice-president to the Knesset, Pence also called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and said “the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement.” [Read more…]

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