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BDS veers into anti-Semitism

BDS veers into anti-Semitism

SAN FRANCISCO — Liana Kadisha, a senior at Stanford University, says some Jewish students on her campus feel they have to hide who they are. The 22-year-old knows of several who tuck their Star of David necklaces inside their shirts, self-conscious about drawing attention to their Jewish identity.

That’s not the only worry for Jews at the bucolic Palo Alto campus.

Last month, Molly Horwiz, a Jewish candidate for the Stanford student senate, found herself grilled by members of a campus club who questioned her ability to think independently because of her “Jewish identity,” she said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 13:27 )

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Lining up a Jewish rogues' gallery

Lining up a Jewish rogues' galleryNEW YORK — Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for surreptitiously videotaping naked women in the mikveh shower room adjacent to his synagogue. The sentence meted out on May 15 in DC Superior Court represented 45 days each for the 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism to which Freundel, the longtime rabbi of the Orthodox Washington congregation Kesher Israel, pleaded guilty in February. The terms will be served successively. Prosecutors had sought 17 years for Freundel, ...
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Gutow stepping down from JCPA

Gutow stepping down from JCPANEW YORK — Rabbi Steve Gutow is stepping down after leading the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for 10 years. Gutow, the JCPA president and CEO, will stay in place while the public policy umbrella searches for a new leader, but will focus on interfaith and environmental projects and will leave day-to-day management to Ethan Felson, the body’s senior vice president, according to a JCPA statement released May 14.
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Jewish activist in Baltimore urban affairs speaks to IJN

Jewish activist in Baltimore urban affairs speaks to IJNMITCH POSNER, executive director of CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc., part of Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, regularly monitors the pulse of his beloved city — and right now it’s throbbing. Returning from a press conference convened by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Posner told the IJN late Tuesday that tensions are settling down after 24 hours of rioting, police injuries, looting and burning cars. “The vast majority of people are working hard to suppor...

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 May 2015 06:53 )

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March in Kansas City marks one year after deadly shooting

March in Kansas City marks one year after deadly shootingKANSAS CITY — Thousands marched in a Kansas City suburb to mark the first anniversary of deadly shootings outside two Jewish institutions. The three-mile Peace Walk that began at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., culminated seven days of events planned by the families of the victims promoting “faith, love and kindness” called SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World.
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After legal battle, Israel OK’s African-American family as citizens

Gabe Friedman Israel’s Interior Ministry has agreed to recognize a family of African Americans who converted to Judaism as citizens of Israel. ... [Link]

Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

Gabe Friedman Ice Cube has never had the most cordial relationship with the Jewish community. Beating up a rabbi doesn’t help. ... [Link]

Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

Gabe Friedman President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death. ... [Link]

Former NYC council candidate arrested on child porn charges

Marcy Oster Joseph Hayon, who admitted that he viewed and shared the pornographic images of children between ages 2 and 12, ran under the campaign slogan “Our children are our future,” ... [Link]

On basalt boulders, remembering a Golan Heights attack

Julie Wiener More than 63 years after seven Israeli soldiers were killed by a Syrian sniper, sculptors create a memorial for them. ... [Link]

Al Pacino pulls out of play over playwright’s support of Hitler

Marcy Oster Norwegian author Knut Hamsun was a supporter of Nazi Germany in his 70s and 80s and supported the German occupation of Norway during World War II. ... [Link]

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty and need assistance, confab told

Marcy Oster Representatives of 39 countries participating in the two-day “Living in Dignity” conference called on the international community to provide more assistance to survivors. ... [Link]

As Israeli Rabbinate targets Rabbi Riskin, battle lines take shape

Ben Sales Rabbi Shlomo Riskin believes Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is challenging his job because his decisions on women and conversions question the Rabbinate’s hard lines on Jewish law. ... [Link]

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