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.

Knesset decides not to alter parliamentary dress code, just enforcement

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Knesset will not alter its dress code barring “short skirts and short dresses” but will put a new mode of enforcement into place.

A Knesset spokesman issued a statement Tuesday about keeping the current rules and the new enforcement, which will include issuing warnings before denying a Knesset employee entry to the parliamentary building, The Times of Israel reported. [Read more…]

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Judge drops hate crimes charges in rape and robbery of French Jewish couple

(JTA) – French prosecutors omitted any reference to hate crimes from the indictment of four men suspected of rape and robbery at a suburban Paris home they acknowledged was targeted because it belonged to Jews.

The handling judge of inquiry – a magistrate who in France is responsible for conducting the investigative hearing that precedes a criminal trial – decided against including hate crime charges in the 2014 incident in Creteil, the Le Parisien weekly reported Tuesday. [Read more…]

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J.K. Rowling helps boost Muslim campaign to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

(JTA) – Donations tripled to a Muslim-supported crowdfunding campaign to repair a vandalized St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery after British author J.K. Rowling offered her support in a tweet.

Rowling, the author of the popular “Harry Potter” series of books, on Wednesday morning in Britain tweeted a link to an article about the campaign and posted “This is such a beautiful thing.”

The tweet has received more than 10,000 retweets and more than 30,000 likes. [Read more…]

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Warsaw initiates 6-month deadline for renewing dormant restitution claims

(JTA) – The municipality of Warsaw published a list of 48 buildings claimed in now-dormant restitution suits, opening a six-month window for new claims under recent legislation.

If no action is taken on the property before the deadline, it will be transferred permanently to the city, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, wrote in a statement Wednesday about the list. [Read more…]

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ADL headquarters in N.Y. hit with bomb threat

(JTA) – The national offices of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York received a bomb threat from an anonymous caller.

New York City Patch reported that the threat was called into ADL’s Manhattan headquarters at about 11:08 a.m. Wednesday, according to police. Neither the report nor the ADL said whether the building was evacuated. [Read more…]

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Pence visits vandalized cemetery, condemns threats to JCCs

(JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence visited a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis after giving a speech in Missouri touching on a spate of recent anti-Semitic attacks.

Pence in his address Wednesday at the Fabick CAT headquarters talked about the vandalism and a series of bomb threats leveled at Jewish community centers across the country in recent weeks. The day before, U.S. President Donald Trump condemned anti-Semitism in remarks at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

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