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Daily Archives: September 3, 2021

Diego Schwartzman. Photo by Howard Blas.

Jews (and even an Israeli) match rackets at US Open

When Diego Schwartzman outlasted Kevin Johnson in Wednesday night’s rain-drenched match—requiring relocation from Louis Armstrong to Arthur Ashe Stadium mid-game—he became the identified Jewish player who is guaranteed to go deepest in this year’s...
Hundreds of people in New York demand that the United States accept all Afghan people seeking asylum as U.S. troops withdraw from the country after 20 years, August 2021. Credit: Luigi Morris/Shutterstock.

Will the plight of Afghanis recast the debate about refugees?

In recent years, many Jewish groups have redoubled their advocacy for more liberal immigration laws. This was rooted in remembrance of the immigrant forebears of the Jewish community, as well as a belief that...
Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

An Unreasonable Reason to Fear the Fearsome Days

The next few days the Jewish people would fully concentrate on the so-called Days of Awe, those from Rosh Hashanah (New Year) to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Days of introspection, of analyzing how...
Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is a Palestinian of Jordanian citizenship who was convicted of the 1968 assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy., Photo Date: 5/23/69 | Photo: California Department of Corrections

Parole for Sirhan B. Sirhan? RFK’s help for Israel drove his assassin

During his 1968 presidential campaign, Robert F. Kennedy proposed sending 50 military planes to Israel. Two decades later, Sirhan B. Sirhan revealed that RFK’s support of Israel motivated him to fatally shoot RFK in...
U.S. Navy and Israeli Navy sailors during the “Noble Waters” exercise. Credit: IDF.

Israel officially moves into US military’s CENTCOM area of responsibility

Israel officially moved into the U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) area of responsibility on Sept. 1, taking over from the European Command (EUCOM) in a transfer announced earlier this year during the final days of...
Logo plate at the University of North Carolina. Credit: Wayfarerlife/Shutterstock.

UNC to allow anti-Israel professor to teach class on Israel-Palestinian conflict

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is moving forward with a controversial class in the fall semester that is being taught by an anti-Israel professor despite concerns from Jewish and pro-Israel groups. Kylie...
City skyline of Brisbane and the Brisbane River at twilight in Australia. Credit: Shutterstock.

Jewish man faces attack in Australia while walking with son to synagogue

A Jewish man in Australia was struck by an attacker who also shouted “Heil Hitler” at him and his son as they walked to synagogue for a bar mitzvah celebration, reported  The Australian Jewish News. The...
High Holiday service preparations by Hillel at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Source: Hillel at Virginia Tech via Facebook.

Hillel and Repair the World launch 2021-22 campus corps program

Repair the World and Hillel International announce the Repair Campus Corps Program, which will support 150 college student corps members around the world to engage their peers in service, civic engagement, Jewish learning and...
An advertisement in New York City’s Times Square wishes a good send-off to Masa Israel Journey (“Masa”) Fellows leaving for long-term programs, Sept. 2, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

Masa Fellows begin long-term work, study and volunteering experiences in Israel

An advertisement in New York City’s Times Square on Thursday displayed a send-off message to thousands of Masa Israel Journey (“Masa”) Fellows starting their long-term, immersive experiences in Israel. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of...
The first Birthright Israel group after a year-long absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, May 24, 2021. Photo by Erez Uzir.

Birthright to resume trips, no quarantine in Israel for those fully vaccinated

Birthright Israel received confirmation from the Israeli Ministry of Health that it can resume its trips to Israel, JNS has learned. The first Birthright Israel trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic took place in May,...