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America’s three most Jewish cities: New York, Boston, Miami

NEW YORK — New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Eight percent of New York City residents are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6% and Miami at 5%, according to the data. Philadelphia and San Francisco each are 4% Jewish, and Chicago and Washington are 3% Jewish.

Nationally, 2% of all Americans are Jewish, according to the study. Los Angeles, which by raw numbers is believed to house the country’s second-largest urban Jewish population, is just 2% Jewish, the analysis found.

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National

Pollard to be freed, but to Israel?

Pollard to be freed, but to Israel?WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will not alter the terms of Jonathan Pollard’s parole once he is released, a signal that Israel’s struggle to bring him to the country whose citizenship he has assumed will outlast his November release date. “Mr. Pollard will serve his sentence as mandated by statute for the very serious crimes he committed,” Alistair Baskey, a National Security Council spokesman, said in a statement emailed to JTA. “The president has no intention of altering the...
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International

Kerry ‘reassuring’ Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

Kerry ‘reassuring’ Gulf Arabs on Iran dealDOHA, Qatar — A coalition of Persian Gulf Arab nations was reassured on the Iran nuclear deal after hearing Secretary of State John Kerry’s explanation, the Qatari foreign minister said. Khalid Bin Mohammed al-Attiyah told reporters Monday in Doha, where Qatar was hosting a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting with Kerry, that the council’s members “welcomed what has been displayed and talked about” by Kerry. Al-Attiyah said the secretary of state “let us know that there’s going to b...
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Israel

Two murders: Israel reels from stabbing, arson

Two murders: Israel reels from stabbing, arsonTEL AVIV — The murder of a 16-year old girl at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade has sparked calls for LGBT-rights legislation — as well as pushback from those who oppose it. Shira Banki died Sunday, Aug. 2, after being stabbed while marching in the parade on July 30. Five others were wounded in the stabbing. “It never crossed our mind that Shira would be murdered as a symbol,” her parents said in a eulogy Monday, according to a copy of the text on the Israeli news site Ynet....
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Florence public school concedes it had become a Christian school

Florence public school concedes it had become a Christian schoolA settlement was reached last week in a lawsuit involving a Colorado Jewish teacher and the school district he works for, alleging a “pattern and practice of . . . endorsement and promotion of religion in a public school setting.” Former Florence High School history teacher Robert Basevitz alleged in the lawsuit filed last spring against the Fremont Re-2 School District that the school had virtually merged with the evangelical Cowboy Church at Crossroads in Florence.
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Obama to U.S. Jews: ‘We’re not giving away anything’ to Iran

Andrew Tobin The president said the nuclear agreement blocks Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and does nothing to limit the U.S.’s options against the Islamic Republic. ... [Link]

‘Homeland’ creator to direct film on Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews

Gabe Friedman Israeli Gideon Raff’s latest project will portray the airlift rescues of thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the ’80s. ... [Link]

Yazidi leaders demand ‘Jewish Schindler’ prove he is saving people

Gabe Friedman In a letter published Wednesday, 20 advocates for the Yazidis questioned Steve Maman’s methods and demanded he inform Yazidi leaders about the specific people his group has rescued. ... [Link]

Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

Julie Wiener The World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their rightful owners or the owners’ heirs. ... [Link]

Kansas City shooter: ‘I had a patriotic intent to stop genocide’

Julie Wiener The white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in Kansas City admitted doing so, but urged the jury to judge him “not guilty.” ... [Link]

Iran nixes Israeli conductor’s Tehran performance

Julie Wiener A spokesman for Iran’s culture ministry was quoted as saying that “Iran does not recognize the Zionist regime and will not co-operate with artists of this regime.” ... [Link]

U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

Cnaan Liphshiz Tehran dismissed the findings, which come as it prepares to close a deal with world powers. ... [Link]

Switzerland regrets using cartoon of birds defecating on Netanyahu

Julie Wiener The cartoon, in which doves with Iranian and American flags on their chests relieve themselves atop Netanyahu’s head, appears to reference the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel opposes. ... [Link]

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