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Whole Foods CEO distances himself from Gafni

Whole Foods CEO distances himself from Gafni

NEW YORK — Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey reportedly has resigned from disgraced rabbi Marc Gafni’s New Age think tank.

According to a Forward report on April 6, Mackey has stepped down from the Center for Integral Wisdom, whose founder faces multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, including from a woman who says he repeatedly sexually abused her when she was 13.

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Israel

Two Israeli mothers grapple with sons' fate

Two Israeli mothers grapple with sons' fateKFAR SABA, Israel — One family lost their son in late July, 2014. The other lost theirs on the first of August in the same year. One family has lobbied the UN and crossed an ocean in hopes of bringing their son’s remains back. The other mostly stays home. One family is sure their son is dead. The other is plagued by uncertainty.
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International

Venice marks 500th anniversary of Jewish ghetto

Venice marks 500th anniversary of Jewish ghettoVENICE — Venice has kicked off commemorations marking the 500th anniversary of the imposition of the world’s first official Jewish ghetto. Artists, scholars, musicians and actors, as well as Jewish US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will take part in an array of events lasting through the year. The gala opening ceremony for anniversary events took place on March 29, 2016 — 500 years to the day that the Venetian Senate, under the Doge, or chief magistrate, Leonardo Loredan, ord...
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Israel

Chipping away at Chief Rabbinate

Chipping away at Chief RabbinateTEL AVIV — A recent Israeli Supreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing. But down the line, it could change a lot. Under the March 31 ruling, the state of Israel must recognize Jewish conversions performed in private Orthodox conversion courts not run by its Chief Rabbinate. A network of such courts, called Giyur Kahalacha, or “conversion by Jewish law,” began operating last year.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:46 )

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Israel

The great matzah fire of 2016

The great matzah fire of 2016JERUSALEM — Passover preparations in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim turned disastrous as two men in their 70s were moderately injured and a building was burned down. The fire was a direct result of matzah baking gone wrong, involving an improvised blowtorch and “gas piracy,” fire inspectors concluded on Wednesday, April 6.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 09:46 )

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Trump: No message for followers who flooded reporter with anti-Semitic abuse

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump said he had no message for supporters who deluged a reporter with anti-Semitic comments after she wrote a critical profile of his wife. “You’ll have to talk t... [Link]

Jewish-founded team wins Uruguayan basketball league

Marcy Oster RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Hebraica Macabi, a basketball team founded by members of Uruguay’s Jewish community, became champion of the country’s basketball league for the second time. He... [Link]

IDF deputy chief of staff clarifies remarks that seemed to compare Israel to Nazi Germany

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces deputy chief of staff on Thursday clarified that he did not mean to compare Israel and its military to the rise of Nazism in Germany. Gen. Yair Golan ... [Link]

‘Birthright for Jewish moms’ reaches out to Spanish-speakers

Marcy Oster BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The first Cuban delegation will participate in the “Birthright for Jewish moms” trip to Israel, as the sponsoring group works to expand its reach in Latin Ameri... [Link]

Republican Jewish group congratulates Trump but doesn’t praise him

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, but otherwise withheld praise for the candidate. “The Republican J... [Link]

US envoy Power at Nuremberg event: World must not look on during genocide

Marcy Oster (JTA) — “The world looked on during the rise of the Nazis, and cannot do so again,” Samantha Power, the United States’ envoy to the United Nations, warned attendees at a sympos... [Link]

Late philanthropist Edgar Bronfman’s Connecticut home on market for $8M

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — The Connecticut weekend home of late Jewish philanthropist Edgar Bronfman is on sale for $8 million. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is listing the 13-acre estate at ... [Link]

Amid anti-Semitism scandal, Jewish support for UK’s Labour at historic low

Julie Wiener (JTA) — If there were an election tomorrow, only 8.5 percent of British Jews say they would vote for the Labour Party — a sharp decline since last year’s election, when 18 percent of Jews voted ... [Link]

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