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174 Oberlin profs condemn anti-Semitic posts

174 Oberlin profs condemn anti-Semitic posts

OBERLIN, Ohio — A letter condemning an Oberlin professor’s anti-Semitic Facebook posts has reportedly garnered signatures from the majority of the Ohio college’s faculty members, but has generated criticism from some professors of Africana studies.

Politics professor Marc Blecher, one of the letter’s organizers and drafters, told JTA in an email that 174 faculty members have signed the letter. While Blecher said their  names appeared “on a public Oberlin College document,” he believed “some might prefer not to make that available to the press.”

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Whole Foods CEO distances himself from Gafni

Whole Foods CEO distances himself from GafniNEW 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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UN group calls for probe into alleged Israeli health violations

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The World Health Organization called for an investigation into alleged “mental, physical and environmental health” abuses by Israel. Cosponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Pales... [Link]

Man charged for murder of Jewish law professor Dan Markel

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Florida police charged a man for the murder of Dan Markel, a Jewish law professor shot outside his home in 2014. Tallahassee police on Thursday arrested Sigfredo Garcia, 34, and charged hi... [Link]

On Lag B’Omer in Israel, hundreds injured, forest fires rage and cats are threatened

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — Bonfires lit up Israel during the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, resulting in hundreds of injuries and possibly igniting a blaze in Jerusalem that forced the evacuation of dozens ... [Link]

Robert Kraft urges Yeshiva U grads to have ‘wildly improbable dreams,’ like owning the Patriots

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — In a Hebrew-laced Yeshiva University commencement address, Robert Kraft recounted his dream of owning the New England Patriots and urged graduates to have their own “wildly impro... [Link]

NY Times editor calls out Donald Trump for ignoring supporters’ anti-Semitic tweets

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — A New York Times editor who has received a deluge of anti-Semitic tweets from supporters of Donald Trump is calling on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to denounce the inv... [Link]

Holocaust refugee known for anti-Israel activism dies at 91

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust refugee whose sharp criticism of Israel — including comparing the state to the Nazis — drew controversy, has died at 91. Epstein died at her home in St. Louis ... [Link]

Hezbollah is broke thanks to US sanctions, says White House official

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Non-nuclear U.S. sanctions against Iran and its allies have led to Hezbollah being in “its worst financial shape in decades,” the top sanctions enforcement official told ... [Link]

NJ court rules $11M state grant to yeshiva unconstitutional

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A New Jersey court has ruled unconstitutional state grants to two religious institutions — including $10.6 million to one of North America’s largest haredi Orthodox yeshivas. The ruling... [Link]

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