WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Trump administration will formally move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the 17 people slain by a gunman last week at a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, told U.S. President Donald Trump the school shooting should be the last.
“My daughter is in King David cemetery,” Pollack said at the White House session convened by Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “Never, ever will I see my kid, it’s an eternity.” [Read more…]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – A prominent Canadian rabbi told the director-general of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate that his inclusion on a so-called blacklist of rabbis from the Diaspora has “eroded” his community’s trust in him.
Rabbi Adam Scheier of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal travelled to Israel for one day to take part in a Knesset committee meeting on Monday to discuss the delay of the publication by the Chief Rabbinate of the criteria for recognizing Diaspora rabbis. [Read more…]
(JTA) – A Jewish community centre in Windsor, Ontario, received anti-Semitic hate mail that was similar to that sent to several Canadian synagogues two months ago.
The flier, which calls to “Expel the Jews to the lake of fire!!!” and declares this is “Expulsion History Month,” was delivered to the centre by regular mail on Friday. [Read more…]
JERUSALEM (JTA) – Alex Lubotzky, a father of six who once served in the Knesset, has won the Israel Prize for research in mathematics and computer science.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor is a leading researcher in group theory. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz made anti-Semitic and other racist comments in a private Instagram group chat.
He wrote in the group chat that he joined in August 2017 specifically that he hated: “jews, ni**ers, immigrants,” and showed that he had an obsession with violence and guns, CNN reported on Saturday. [Read more…]
JTA – Police in Florida said they found no connection between the Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a far-right paramilitary group from Tallahassee. [Read more…]
(JTA) – They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way.
And one may have died so that others could live. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The Jewish community in Parkland, Florida, held a healing service after a mass shooting at a high school attended by many of the teenagers in the community.
Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Kol Tikvah, a Reform congregation in the town inland from Boca Raton, said he knew of at least four Jewish high-school students among the wounded, including three from his congregation. They were in area hospitals and had undergone surgery.
Local 10 News, an ABC affiliate, named one of the dead students as Jaime Guttenberg, who was Jewish. [Read more…]