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White House Acknowledges Anti-Semitic Rise Amid JCC Threats, Vandalism

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Eleven more JCCs received threats on Monday, bringing the total to 54 threats in 27 states.

(JNS.org and combined sources) Antisemitism is “horrible” and “has to stop,” US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

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Israeli Consulate Engages Students to Help Fight BDS

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We live in a time when movements like BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), Free Palestine and SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) are rampant in colleges across America; this strong anti-Israel sentiment pervades campus culture, and Jewish and pro-Israel groups on campus often struggle to advocate for Israel and make their voices heard. To help combat this issue, the World Jewish Congress and the Israeli Consulate of New York launched the Campus Pitch Initiative, encouraging student groups from top universities throughout the Northeast to design and propose innovative ideas about how to engage students and change the conversation about Israel on campus. This is the second...

Reflections on the Current Debate on Women’s Professional Spiritual Leadership

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During the past two weeks, the policy statement issued by the Orthodox Union on the role of women in spiritual leadership in the Orthodox community has generated much discussion and debate. We note in introduction that we have great regard and esteem for the leadership of the OU, its commitment to the Jewish people and the amazing work they do on behalf of us all.  Moreover, we deeply respect the learning and sincerity of the panel of roshei yeshiva and synagogue rabbis on the rabbinic panel created by the OU. A number of them are cherished teachers and mentors, some are good friends and colleagues, and some are even students from past decades. At the same time, we feel it...

Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely: ‘It Is Time to Look Past the Two-State Solution’

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(CPMAJO release) Asserting the Jewish claim to Judea and Samaria, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations’ Leadership Mission on Tuesday that a two-state solution is “impossible.” “The Palestinians are not interested in a state, they want Israel not to exist and that is their main goal,” she said. Hotovely went on to say, “We need to delete the word ‘occupation’ and we need to redefine the term ‘refugee’; they are the fourth generation but their parents are handing them keys to refugee camps.”

The deputy minister began her remarks by praising the new U.S. Ambassador to the United...

Israeli Military Expert on Newly Appointed US National Security Adviser McMaster: ‘The Right Man in the Right Place’ for America, Jewish State

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(Ruthie Blum/algemeiner.com) General Herbert Raymond (H.R.) McMaster is “the right man in the right place” for both America and the Jewish state, an Israeli military expert told the Hebrew news site nrg on Tuesday about the U.S. president’s appointment of his new national security adviser, who will replace the recently resigned Michael Flynn.

Dr. Eitan Shamir—a senior research associate at the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University—said that nobody could be “better suited for the job.”

Shamir recounted being contacted some 10 years ago by McMaster, who had read and liked his book, “Transforming Command: The Pursuit of Mission Command in the...

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