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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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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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Jewish schools among those in UK targeted by bomb threat

Marcy Oster Some 100 bomb threats have been called into schools throughout the United Kingdom, including many in the London area, in the past month. ... [Link]

Sanders says he has consulted with J Street, Arab American Institute on Middle East

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he took advice on the Middle East from J Street and the Arab American Institute. The Vermont Independent senator, mountin... [Link]

50 years on, Bernie Sanders still champions values of his Israeli kibbutz

Ben Sales Shaar Haamakim, the Israeli kibbutz where Sanders lived for several months in 1963, was driven by communist ideology and celebrated May Day. ... [Link]

Alaskan rabbi blesses Senate with wish for US leadership on terrorism

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Alaskan rabbi, invited to offer the daily opening prayer in the Senate, prayed for the United States to lead in the fight against terrorism worldwide. “Grant, Almighty Go... [Link]

Londoner who traveled to Gaza on aid convoy is ISIS executioner

Marcy Oster Alexanda Kotey, a comrade of the notorious “Jihadi John,” reportedly was on anti-Israel lawmaker George Galloway’s convoy in 2009 and was not heard from again in England. ... [Link]

Israeli Jewish boy, 11, stabbed and wounded allegedly by Arab teen

Marcy Oster The assailant reportedly asked the boy for a lighter, and then stabbed him in the back repeatedly with scissors. ... [Link]

Labor Party approves Isaac Herzog’s plan for West Bank withdrawal

Marcy Oster The plan promotes a two-state solution even without negotiations toward a final agreement. ... [Link]

Israel could allow 30,000 more Palestinian workers into the country

Marcy Oster Unnamed senior security sources reportedly said that a policy of reserving jobs for Palestinians in Israel has been shown to restrain terror. ... [Link]

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