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.

Jewish groups urge U.S. Congress to preserve anti-Semitism monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups urged the U.S. Congress to preserve the U.S. State Department’s anti-Semitism monitor.

Representatives of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the American Jewish Committee (AJC), the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Secure Community Network (SCN) testified Wednesday before the human rights subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. [Read more…]

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Jewish teen network donates more than $1 million

(JTA) – Jewish teens in a program for budding philanthropists donated more than $1 million US during the 2015-2016 school year, with nearly two-thirds going to Jewish organizations.

The donations, which were given to 300 recipients, came from about 1,700 teens organized in 50 groups known as “teen foundations.” The total was some $100,000 higher than in 2013-2014, according to the Jewish Teen Funders Network, which supports giving among teens around the world. Two years earlier, according to the network, teens gave about $950,000 in total. [Read more…]

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British Jewry, Israel, Canada offer condolences in wake of deadly London attack

Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)

Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least two civilians and a police officer were killed in a car-ramming and knife attack outside of the houses of Parliament in London.

British authorities are calling the attack a “terrorist incident” as they continue to investigate the motive in the Wednesday afternoon attack. [Read more…]

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Opposition party leader says New Zealand cabinet did not sign off on anti-Israel UN resolution as required

(JTA) – New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister did not have the required approval of the country’s cabinet to support a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israel, an opposition party has charged.

On Tuesday, the leader of the populist political party New Zealand First cited the cabinet manual as requiring such a proposal get cabinet approval even though Prime Minister Bill English said that Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully did not need such approval to co-sponsor a measure calling for a halt to the building of Israeli settlements and the re-establishing of the pre-1967 borders. [Read more…]

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Co-founder of BDS movement arrested in Israel for tax evasion

(JTA) – Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was arrested in Israel for tax evasion.

Barghouti, a Qatari-born Palestinian who lives in northern Israel with his Israeli-Arab wife, was arrested Monday and questioned before being released a few hours later on bail, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. He was banned from leaving the country and required to leave his passport with the court in Haifa, according to reports. [Read more…]

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Anne Frank House, Facebook partner on chat-bot with teenage diarist

Anne Frank in 1942

Anne Frank in 1942

(JTA) – People can now “chat” with Anne Frank through a computer-generated bot.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and Facebook have partnered on the bot, which was released at the museum Tuesday by Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands in honour of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Anne Frank House said in a statement. [Read more…]

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