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.

Chabad rabbis issue edict against new eruv in Crown Heights

Orthodox Jewish men walking near Chabad international headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, May 12, 2008. (Serge Attal/Flash90)

Orthodox Jewish men walking near Chabad international headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, May 12, 2008. (Serge Attal/Flash90)

(JTA) – Chabad Lubavitch rabbis in Crown Heights, Brooklyn issued an edict to void the New York neighbourhood’s new eruv – a symbolically enclosed area that allows observant Jews to carry objects on Shabbat.

The edict was published on Friday on the news site Col about communities belonging to the Chabad-Lubavitch sect and other Hasidic streams. Authored by the Lubavitch-affiliated Beth Din, or rabbinical court, of Crown Heights, it concerns an eruv set up by a modern Orthodox Jewish community in the Brooklyn neighborhood. [Read more…]

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Israel grants asylum to Darfuri refugee from Sudan

Mutasim Ali (Facebook)

Mutasim Ali (Facebook)

(JTA) – Israel for the first time granted refugee status to a Sudanese national who fled the mass murder in Darfur.

Israel’s interior ministry on Friday announced it has accepted the asylum application of Mutasim Ali, who arrived in Israel seven years ago from Darfur, Army Radio reported. Ali left Sudan amid persecution by the Sudanese authorities over his political activity on behalf of the residents of his region of the African dictatorship, he said. [Read more…]

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French anti-racism groups spar following a mayor’s support for Palestinian terrorist

(JTA) – Two French organizations devoted to fighting anti-Semitism clashed publicly over one group’s complaint to police on incitement against a mayor who launched a campaign in support of a Palestinian convicted of murder.

France’s Human Rights League, a non-profit founded in 1898 to protest the racially motivated conviction for espionage of the French Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, criticized the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, in a statement last week. [Read more…]

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Brits vote to leave EU, David Cameron quits

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron delivering his resignation speech in Downing Street, London, following the European Union (EU) referendum membership vote results, June 24, 2016. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron delivering his resignation speech in Downing Street, London, following the European Union referendum membership vote results, June 24, 2016. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union, in a nonbinding referendum whose results prompted the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and caused the British currency to crash.

Following the publication Friday of the results of Thursday’s vote, the British pound reached its lowest level since 1985 against the dollar, $1.35, as initial results showed a 52 per cent majority for the British exit, or Brexit. Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street. [Read more…]

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Israeli Chief Rabbinate rejects conversion performed by the U.S. Orthodox rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, shown speaking to reporters after a fire damaged New York’s Kehilath Jeshurun synagogue in 2011, is one of America’s most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, shown speaking to reporters after a fire damaged New York’s Kehilath Jeshurun synagogue in 2011, is one of the U.S.’s most prominent modern Orthodox rabbis. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has deemed invalid a conversion performed by Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, one of the most prominent modern Orthodox rabbis in the United States.

The decision to invalidate Lookstein is the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute between the haredi-dominated rabbinate in Israel and modern Orthodox rabbis abroad about who gets to wield Orthodox rabbinical authority. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu accuses Abbas of spreading ‘blood libel’ in EU speech

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posing for photographs at the European Parliament in Brussels, June 23, 2016. (Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posing for photographs at the European Parliament in Brussels, June 23, 2016. (Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas of spreading a blood libel in his address Thursday to the European Parliament in Brussels.

In the speech, which earned a standing ovation from parliamentary representatives, Abbas alleged that Israeli rabbis called this week for the poisoning of Palestinian water, a medieval anti-Semitic libel and a report for which there is no evidence or factual basis. He also blamed global terror on Israel’s control of the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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