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.

Netanyahu, in Paris to mark end of WWI, called the war a ‘turning point’ for Zionism

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the end of World War I “a turning point in the history of Zionism.”

Netanyahu was in Paris on Sunday, one of 70 world leaders to mark the end of the Great War. The leaders marched to the foot of the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday morning, arriving there at 11:00 am, the exact moment that the cease-fire took effect on Nov. 11, 1918. [Read more…]

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Palestinian man entered Israel from Gaza, burned down greenhouse in border community

(JTA) – A Palestinian man who infiltrated into southern Israel from Gaza set a greenhouse on fire, causing hundreds of thousands of shekels in damage.

The man made it several hundred yards into southern Israel, reaching a community near Israel’s border with Gaza, on Friday evening, according to the Israel Defense Forces. He was caught and turned over to the Israel Security Agency, also known as the Shin Bet security service. [Read more…]

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Tom Hanks joins rally in honour of victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Police respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Police respond to the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Actors Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton jointed several hundred people for a rally in honour of those killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting,

The rally, under the banner “Stronger than Hate: A Gathering of Compassion, Unity and Love,” was held Friday at Point State Park, located in downtown Pittsburgh, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. [Read more…]

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Yair Netanyahu sues driver who made recording of his drunken ramblings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with his son Yair in Jerusalem, March 18, 2015. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with his son Yair in Jerusalem, March 18, 2015. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Yair Netanyahu has sued a driver who made recordings in his limousine during which the prime minister’s son disparaged women and discussed a national gas deal.

Yair Netanyahu, 26, was apparently drunk and accompanied by a driver and a state-salaried bodyguard when he visited several Tel Aviv clubs with Nir Maimon, son of gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, and Roman Abramov, the Israeli representative of billionaire James Packer, on the night in 2015 that the recordings were made. [Read more…]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is released from hospital and is back at work

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2016. (Bob Jacob/Cleveland Jewish News)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2016. (Bob Jacob/Cleveland Jewish News)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital and is back at work a day after being admitted for broken ribs.

“She is doing well and plans to work from home today,” Supreme Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg told the media on Friday.

Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital on Thursday with fractured ribs after falling in her office the previous day. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic incidents increased by 69 per cent in France, prime minister says

(JTA) – French Jews said anti-Semitism in their country had become a “daily occurrence” after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe revealed a 69 per cent increase in documented hate crimes targeting that minority.

While figures “had been down for two years, the number of these acts increased by more than 69 per cent in the first nine months of 2018,” Philippe wrote on Facebook. [Read more…]

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Men shouting in Arabic about killing Jews end London Kristallnacht vigil

(JTA) – A vigil held by pro-Israel activists in London for Jews murdered in Arab countries was dispersed violently by men shouting about killing Jews in Arabic.

The event Wednesday by the Israel Advocacy Movement was held on Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park, which is known for its culture of free speech and passionate street preachers championing various causes. [Read more…]

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6,000 high school students and supporters arrive in Jerusalem after march from Gaza border

Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Teens from Gaza border communities meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at the end of their 100-mile walk from Sderot in southern Israel. (Haim Zach/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Some 6,000 high school students from Gaza border towns and their supporters reached Jerusalem on Thursday following a 100-mile march in what the teens said was an “apolitical” effort to effect change.

About 100 students began the march from Sderot, a southern Israeli town often targeted by Palestinian bombs, on Sunday, picking up supporters along the route. They wore T-shirts reading “Let us grow up in peace” and ended their march at the Knesset. [Read more…]

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