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.

Synagogue in Basel, Switzerland vandalized

(JTA) – A Chabad Lubavitch synagogue in Basel, Switzerland was vandalized.

A window of the synagogue was smashed in with a hammer, the BZ Basel news website reported.

The damage was discovered on Saturday morning as worshippers gathered for the Shabbat morning service. [Read more…]

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Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony held outside Tree of Life Synagogue

A view of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Google Street View)

A view of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Google Street View)

(JTA) – A Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony to strengthen and heal the Pittsburgh Jewish community was held outside of the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Hundreds gathered Sunday evening around a towering electric menorah in front of the building where 11 worshippers were killed by a gunman during Shabbat morning services. The eight-branched menorah stood in the spot where a temporary memorial had been erected for the victims of the shooting attack, which had been visited by thousands in the days following the Oct. 27 attack. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu flies to Brussels to meet Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, April 29, 2018. (Yariv Katz/Pool/Flash90)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, April 29, 2018. (Yariv Katz/Pool/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flying to Brussels for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Monday evening meeting was announced in a statement from the Prime Minister’s on Monday morning. According to the statement the meeting had been set last week and was to be held on Wednesday, but had to be moved up so that Pompeo could return to the United States for the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush. [Read more…]

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Miami police sergeant suspended after video shows him throwing sacred Jewish text

(JTA) – A Miami police sergeant was suspended after a video was broadcast showing him throwing a wooden box engraved with a Star of David and a copy of the Tanach in the back of a pickup truck calling them crap.

“Taking out the trash, dawg,” Sgt. Roberto Destephan, a 13-year veteran of the force, says on the video after turning the camera on his face. Destephan also serves as vice-president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police. [Read more…]

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U.S. government broadcaster chief apologizes to George Soros for report calling him ‘multimillionaire Jew’

George Soros speaking in Berlin, Sept. 10, 2012. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

George Soros speaking in Berlin, Sept. 10, 2012. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The head of the U.S. government broadcasting agency has apologized to George Soros and his Open Society Foundations for airing a segment that referred to Soros as a “multimillionaire Jew” who was “the architect of the financial collapse of 2008.”

In letters sent earlier this month, John F. Lansing, chief executive and director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, offered his personal apologies for the report on Radio Television Marti, which broadcasts news to Cuba to promote American foreign policy interests. The report was aired in May. [Read more…]

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Israel Police recommend bribery charges against Benjamin Netanyahu in corruption case 4000

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem for a faction meeting, Nov. 19, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem for a faction meeting, Nov. 19, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Police have recommended bribery charges and other corruption charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, in the so-called Case 4000.

The police made its announcement on Sunday. It is the third case in which the police have recommended charges against the prime minister. The case now goes to Israel’s attorney general to decide whether to file charges. [Read more…]

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Israeli archaeologists say they found the ring of Pontius Pilate

A painting of Pontius Pilate and Jesus. (Nikolai Ge/Wikimedia Commons)

A painting of Pontius Pilate and Jesus. (Nikolai Ge/Wikimedia Commons)

(JTA) – Israeli researchers say they have found a ring that belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who had Jesus crucified.

The copper alloy jewelry was one of the artifacts found during a 1968-69 dig unearthing a section of a tomb and palace belonging to the biblical King Herod near Bethlehem in the West Bank, The Times of Israel reported Thursday. But the ring was examined and cataloged only this year, the report said. [Read more…]

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