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U.S. President Joe Biden on June 4, 2021. Source: POTUS/Facebook.

Pressure builds on Biden administration over lack of key Jewish appointments

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For months, Jewish organizations in the United States have been lobbying to appoint a White House Jewish liaison. And after numerous meetings between Jewish organizational leaders and administration officials when violence erupted last month...
Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Credit: Kingsborough Community College.

CUNY Jewish professor resigns from union, concerned about anti-Semitism within ranks

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Jeffrey Lax says his nostrils are flaring. He is used to coming face to face with hate. The 47-year-old Jewish professor of business at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y., was appalled by a recent...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a video teleconference with the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: State Department. Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain.

Blinken, Lapid discuss US-Israel ties, efforts to expand normalization agreements

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his new Israeli counterpart Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday, discussing a range of issues from the U.S.-Israel relationship, Iran and a push for more normalization...
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with state legislators after the signing of measure of HB3257 that establishes a Texas Holocaust, Genocide and Anti-Semitism Advisory Commission in Austin on June 16, 2021. Source: Screenshot.

In bipartisan vote, Texas adopts IHRA definition to define anti-Jewish acts

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With the support of its governor and state legislators, Texas has become the first U.S. state to fully utilize the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism to interpret anti-Jewish acts. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott...

Complaint accuses Stanford University of ignoring anti-Semitism against staff members

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A lawsuit has been filed against Stanford University on behalf of two Jewish employees who say they have experienced “severe and persistent” anti-Jewish harassment. According to a news release on Tuesday, the lawsuit was filed...

Florida legislation supports emergency responders, funding for day schools

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a synagogue in South Florida on Monday to sign legislation that had the support of many in the Jewish community there. At the Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside,...

Jewish Caucus secures nearly $80 in California state budget for communal priorities

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California’s Jewish community will be significant beneficiaries of state funding next year to the tune of $80 million, thanks to the efforts of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. One of the key allocations is $50...
The exterior of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., July 14, 2007. Credit: Michael Barera via Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish Agency establishes educational partnership with Truman Library Institute

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The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Truman Library Institute announced a new cooperative agreement in which they will work together to increase education and awareness of the history and legacy of President Harry...
Thomas Nides. Credit: U.S. Department of State.

Biden officially nominates Thomas Nides as ambassador to Israel

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday officially announced the nomination of Thomas Nides to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Nides, 60, has held prominent roles in the private and public sectors. From 2010-2013, he served...
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) speaking to the House of Representatives ahead of a vote on whether or not to remove her from House committees. Source: Screenshot/C-Span.

Greene publicly apologizes for comparing face masks to Holocaust

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Weeks after comparing the wearing of face masks in the U.S. House of Representatives to the Holocaust in a podcast, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) publicly apologized for her remarks. She did so in front...