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The Conservative movement will maintain its ban on rabbis performing interfaith marriages while seeking to welcome couples who are already intermarried, according to a new letter signed by the movement’s four leaders. The letter, published this week and addressed to the centrist movement’s clergy, educators and leaders, follows a summer when a few prominent Conservative rabbis announced that they would...
A Hungarian printer who helped Jews flee the Nazis during the Holocaust was honored with a plaque in Budapest. Emil Wiesmeyer’s printing company printed 4,000 blank passports to assist Swedish ambassador Raoul Wallenberg in saving Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps. He then printed another 20,000 to help more Hungarian Jews. Wiesmeyer’s son, Gabor, was on hand for the unveiling...
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged on Wednesday that the UN Security Council to adopt the Trump administration’s comprehensive approach to Iran and address all aspects of what she calls its "destructive conduct"—not just the 2015 nuclear deal. Haley told the UN Security Council that Iran "has repeatedly thumbed its nose" at council resolutions aimed at addressing...

Backgammon brings Jews and Arabs together in Jerusalem

A little over a year ago, a group of young Israelis were brainstorming their first venture aimed at bringing Jews and Arabs together. After three hours, discussions were at a standstill and the people in the room were getting tense and argumentative. One of the fellows suggested they take a break and play a game, perhaps backgammon. Zaki Djemal was...
The brother of the terrorist who five years ago went on a nine-day shooting spree in the French city of Toulouse, killing three soldiers and gunning down a teacher and three children at a Jewish school, told i24NEWS in an interview on Thursday that he had warned France’s intelligence agency that his brothers were likely to commit a terror attack. The attacks...
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly painted an emotional narrative of the outreach made in the aftermath of a U.S. service member's death during Thursday's White House press briefing, a description that came on a week in which President Donald Trump found himself in the midst of a controversy over his alleged comments to the widow of a fallen soldier and claims...
An ancient Roman theater was uncovered during excavations of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem. The discovery of the 200-seat theater structure from the Roman period confirms historical writings that describe a theater near the Temple Mount, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement Monday. Excavations also uncovered eight stone courses, or layers of cut stone, the antiquities authority said. The discoveries...
Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly helmed President Donald Trump’s communications department, pledged $25,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center after an account in his name posted a survey asking people how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. “On behalf of the @ScaramucciPost we will be making a $25,000 donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hopefully I spelled that right,”...
Romans marched on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of when over one thousand Jews were taken from their homes by Nazis in 1943 and sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz. As anti-semitic sentiments rise in Europe and the United States, Catholic and Jewish organizers of the event praise fruitful dialogue and invite faithful not to forget the lessons...

UK Neo-Nazi says he’s gay – and Jewish

For more than 40 years, Kevin Wilshaw was an active member of the neo-Nazi movement in the UK. But on Tuesday night, the ex-white supremacist said he is leaving the movement, he is gay, and he has Jewish heritage. In an exclusive interview with Briton’s Channel 4, Wilshaw unpacked his past hateful behavior – including an arrest for vandalizing a...

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