Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes near Damascus overnight; Hezbollah claims IDF planted spy gear in southern Lebanon

Feb 22 8:58am Behold Israel
Airstrikes reportedly targeted weapons convoy en route to Hezbollah & Syrian Army post; Mixed reports claim strikes carried out in Syria and in Lebanon; Hezbollah claims IDF planted spy gear in southern Lebanon Wednesday   The Israel Air Force carried … Continue reading →...
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Making Jewish Funerals Accessible For All

Feb 22 7:16am Jewish WeekJewish Week
Plaza Jewish Community Chapel has created accommodations for people with disabilities...
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Muslim-led campaign to fix vandalized Jewish cemetery triples goal in less than one day

Feb 22 5:45am
'You could say there is a silver lining in all the hate that is being directed against Jews and Muslims in America right now,' says social activist Tarek El-Messidi.
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Trump Calls Anti-Semitic Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers "Horrible and Painful"

Feb 22 1:00am Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA
(Washington Post) John Wagner - President Trump, visiting the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, said his tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms. The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community at community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. ...
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Selfies in Auschwitz: New film probes tourism at Holocaust sites

Feb 21 11:05pm
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa makes a powerful point in 'Austerlitz': It's easy to forget to engage with the place you're visiting – even if it's the site of one of history's most horrid tragedies.
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WH: Trump Will Not Tolerate Anti-Semitism

Feb 21 8:08pm Jewish Insider
WASHINGTON – During a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed, at last, the recent spike in anti-Semitism....
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1,800-year-old Hebrew donor plaques found in synagogue in northern Israel

Feb 21 6:27pm
Archaeologists say that the discovery bolsters the theory that Peki'in's medieval synagogue was built on the site of an ancient Roman one.
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Netanyahu makes history as first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia

Feb 21 5:22pm Behold Israel
PM makes history again in first visit by an Israeli PM to Australia; Tour to last 5 days; Netanyahu to meet with PM Turnbull and Gov. Gen. Cosgrove, Jewish communities and businessmen   Prime Minister Netanyahu landed in Australia Tuesday, … Continue reading →...
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Middle Movements Conflicting Values Being Tested Anew

Feb 21 3:55pm Jewish WeekJewish Week
Conservative branch’s bid to uphold tradition and inclusivity faces fresh challenges.
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Return To Hester Street

Feb 21 3:52pm Jewish WeekJewish Week
Joan Micklin Silver and the miracle that was the making of a classic tale of Jewish immigration.
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'It's never good enough': White House says Trump 'unbelievably forceful' in denouncing anti-Semitism

Feb 21 2:50pm
Oddly, Press Secretary Sean Spicer answers question on anti-Semitism without using the words 'anti-Semitism' or 'Jews.'...
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What's on the minds of America's Jewish leaders?

Feb 21 2:04pm
Convening in Jerusalem this week for the annual Conference of Presidents, Jewish leaders got the chance to ask Israeli lawmakers questions. This is what they wanted to know.
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School Security Must Be A Priority

Feb 21 1:13pm Jewish WeekJewish Week
The JCC bomb threats underscore the unique risks religious institutions and nonprofits face every day, particularly in the Jewish community.
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69 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers since January 1. Jewish cemeteries vandalized. Anti-Semitic attacks spiking. President and top leaders speak out, call for action to protect Jewish people.

Feb 21 1:10pm Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog
A vicious wave of anti-Semitism is hitting the United States Just since the first of the year, nearly 70 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) have received bomb threats. Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized around the country — in St. Louis alone in recent days, more than 100 headstones in a Jewish cemetery were destroyed. Anti-Semitic attacks on American […]...
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Finally, a book for Jews with Alzheimers

Feb 21 12:28pm
'L’Chaim: Pictures to Evoke Memories of a Jewish Life,' by Eliezer Sobel, is probably the first book of its kind — a Jewish-themed book created explicitly for adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
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Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: February 21, 2017

Feb 21 12:12pm
Ivanka Trump Calls for Tolerance After Threats on Jewish Centers by Maggie Haberman and Niraj Chokshi | Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser by Peter Baker.
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Daily Kickoff: Trump finally denounces anti-Semitism after Hillary, others call him out | Kahlon reaches out to Mnuchin | Charlie Munger on Maimonides

Feb 21 11:55am Jewish Insider
Have our people email your people. Share this sign up link with your friends KAFE KNESSET — by Tal Shalev: On the sidelines of the Conference of Presidents meeting...
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After Much Prodding, Trump Condemns Anti-Semitism

Feb 21 11:15am Jewish WeekJewish Week
The comments came a day after the fourth wave of bomb threats hit JCCs across the country.
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One destroyed village and the ghosts of the past

Feb 21 9:15am +972 Magazine
For decades, Jews and Palestinians alike would wander through the abandoned village of al-Walaja, encountering ghosts of the past, and facing the intimacy of a stranger’s home. By Natasha Dudinski A spring walk in Nahal Refaim. Blue sky, cheerful sun, red anemones, white almond trees, and the rocky green Jerusalem hills. It is the most […]...
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Kafe Knesset for Feb. 21

Feb 21 9:06am Jewish Insider
The trial of the year has finally come to an end, but the political storm over Elor Azaria, an IDF soldier who was sentenced today for a year...
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Ikea still promoting female-free catalogues in Israel: 'We're turning into Saudi Arabia'

Feb 21 4:18am
The Swedish furniture chain apologized after it caused a storm by publishing catalog with no women in it, but Israelis say it's still being distributed.
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Encrypted in urine, Polish museum gets Holocaust letters detailing medical experiments

Feb 21 4:17am
The letters appear to be normal communication to family members, but, when heated up, also tell the story of deadly procedures performed on the inmates of the Ravensbrueck camp.
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U.S. Advisors Fighting Alongside Iraqi Forces in the Battle for Mosul

Feb 21 1:00am Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA
(Los Angeles Times) W.J. Hennigan and Nabih Bulos - Hundreds of U.S. military advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against Islamic State in Mosul, a sign of President Trump's willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders in Iraq's ground war against the militants. U.S. special forces and spotters direct airstrikes against Islamic State positions and advise Iraqi ground commanders on how best to advance on the battlefield.
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Kosher-savings option proves mixed blessing for ultra-Orthodox parents

Feb 20 10:50pm
Community rabbis are instructing families how to invest money from the Israeli government’s new child-savings plan via neighborhood wall posters. The problem is, the return isn’t that good.
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WH Aide: Trumps Holocaust Statement Beautifully Honored Jewish Victims

Feb 20 10:15pm Jewish Insider
White House aide Boris Epshteyn on Monday defended Trump’s Holocaust statement last month which was subject to criticism by American Jewish organizations and political groups for refusing to...
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Trump's silence on Jewish centers bomb scare encourages anti-Semites, experts say

Feb 20 9:22pm
Even Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America and a leading Trump defender, said the president should issue a statement against the incidents.
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Ivanka Trump on Jewish community centers bomb scare: 'We must protect our houses of worship'

Feb 20 8:03pm
'Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,' White House tells NBC.
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Jake Tapper: From Jewish day school troublemaker to Trumps worst nightmare

Feb 20 4:26pm
Those who knew the 47-year-old anchor of CNN’s 'The Lead' back at Jewish day school just outside Philadelphia are not surprised to see where Tapper ended up.
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This Illusionist And Magician Started Off As A Bar Mitzvah Entertainer

Feb 20 2:30pm Jewish WeekJewish Week
Elliot Zimet has since gone on to perform on America’s Got Talent and for audiences around the globe.
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WATCH: Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian for filming them

Feb 20 2:15pm +972 Magazine
Soldiers arrest a Palestinian man before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet. Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian volunteer with an Israeli human rights organization before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet earlier this month. [tmwinpost] The incident took place on February 10 in the West Bank village […]...
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Netanyahu makes history in first visit to Singapore by an Israeli prime minister

Feb 20 12:44pm Behold Israel
PM ends visit in Singapore, making history as the first Israeli PM to visit Singapore and Australia; Meeting with PM Loong centers on boosting ties in technology and innovation; Netanyahu heads to five-day tour in Australia in the first visit … Continue reading →...
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Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: February 20, 2017

Feb 20 12:15pm
Bret Stephens delivered the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA last Thursday | White House chief of staff says take Trump seriously when he calls press 'the enemy' | Fake News Or White House Manipulation?...
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Daily Kickoff: Why Trump Needs an Enemy | Bolton for National Security Advisor? | Pence visits Dachau | The Australian moguls planning to greet Bibi

Feb 20 11:47am Jewish Insider
Have our people email your people. Share this sign up link with your friends IF YOU ONLY READ ONE ITEM — Bret Stephens delivered the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture...
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ISIS fires two rockets into Israel following Israeli drone attack that killed five of its operatives in Sinai

Feb 20 11:19am Behold Israel
Five operatives killed in reported Israeli drone attack Saturday night; ISIS fires two rockets into Israel Monday morning ISIS fired two rockets from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel on Monday morning following reports that an Israeli drone killed five Islamic … Continue reading →...
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Does AIPAC Prefer Pence Over Trump?

Feb 20 10:36am Jewish Insider
WASHINGTON – AIPAC confirmed on Friday that Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at its annual Policy Conference in March. The pro-Israel group has remained mum about...
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Does AIPAC Prefer Pence Over Trump at PC?

Feb 20 10:36am Jewish Insider
WASHINGTON – AIPAC confirmed on Friday that Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at its annual Policy Conference in March. The pro-Israel group has remained mum about...
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Kafe Knesset for Feb. 20

Feb 20 9:35am Jewish Insider
The Haaretz expose on the secret Aqaba regional summit last year brought color back to the cheeks of opposition leader Isaac Herzog. A supporting actor in the tale...
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Jake Tapper: From Jewish Day school troublemaker to Trumps worst nightmare

Feb 20 9:30am
Those who knew the 47-year-old anchor of CNN’s 'The Lead' back at Jewish day school just outside Philadelphia are not surprised to see where Tapper ended up.
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Heres the new trailer for WITHOUT WARNING & a link to the first chapter. (Pre-order your copy today.)

Feb 20 8:33am Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog
Today, we’ve posted the trailer for Without Warning, my new political thriller which will be released on March 14th. We’ve also posted a link so you can read the first chapter. Soon, we’ll announce details regarding the book tour. Pre-order your copy today in hardcover, e-book or audio today through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian […]...
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Designing Solutions For People With Disabilities

Feb 20 7:34am Jewish WeekJewish Week
Jewish students across the country mobilized to create affordable solutions to improve lives...
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Saudi Arabia, Israel Present De Facto United Front Against Iran

Feb 20 1:00am Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA
(Reuters) John Irish and Andrea Shalal - Saudi Arabia and Israel both called on Sunday for a new push against Iran, signaling a growing alignment in their interests. Their ministers demanded at the Munich Security Conference that Tehran be punished for propping up the Syrian government, developing ballistic missiles, and funding separatists in Yemen. Turkey also joined the de facto united front against Tehran, as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized an Iranian sectarian policy aimed at undermining Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. He added, It's good that we are now normalizing our relations with Israel. ...
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Rabbi Hier Defends Trumps Refusal to Condemn Anti-Semitism at Media Events

Feb 19 4:34pm Jewish Insider
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Deal of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Friday defended President Donald Trump in wake of his refusal to acknowledge and address the rise...
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Top Jewish American leader gives thumbs up to David Friedman as Israel envoy

Feb 19 3:10pm
'Given his background, his family lineage, his love for this country, and his general intellect – he has all the makings,' Conference of Presidents leader Stephen Greenberg says.
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Taking protests to the frontline in the U.S. and Israel-Palestine

Feb 19 11:31am +972 Magazine
As injustices continue to mount up in the U.S. and Israel-Palestine, young activists are taking the fight to politicians and powerbrokers. By Yaser Abu Areesha David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel, sat through questioning in a Senate confirmation hearing this week, as part of the process any nominee has to […]...
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Pence visits Nazi concentration camp site near Munich

Feb 19 11:11am
The vice president was accompanied by Abba Naor, a survivor of Dachau, and other dignitaries, as he passed through the wrought iron gate bearing the inscription, 'Arbeit macht frei.'...
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No, Donald Trump is not an anti-Semite. Accusing him of being one dangerously misses the point

Feb 19 9:22am
In order to fight Trump, we must stop being so righteous and admit to ourselves that he is simply an opportunist who stokes racism for his own purposes.
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Report: Hezbollah obtained anti-ship missiles

Feb 19 9:09am Behold Israel
Reports claim the terrorist organization may have as many as 8  anti-ship missiles; Reports come following Nasrallah’s threat on nuclear reactor   Hezbollah has reportedly obtained several Yakhont missiles, reports claiming as many as eight. Reports released Sunday cited Western intelligence … Continue reading →...
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Neo-Nazis cheer after Trump scolds Ultra-Orthodox reporter, calls anti-Semitic incidents fake

Feb 19 9:07am
The editor of the Daily Stormer website dubs Thursday’s press conference ‘one of the greatest things I’ve ever witnessed.’...
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Iraqi forces launch major offensive in western Mosul

Feb 19 7:50am Behold Israel
Operation in western Mosul launched Sunday morning in what Iraqi PM reports aims “to liberate the western side of Mosul”   Iraqi US-backed forces launched a major ground offensive against ISIS in western Mosul Sunday morning in what Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi … Continue reading →...
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A roll-call of American Jewish politicians of honor

Feb 19 7:16am
Netanyahu and Kushner are paraded as Trump's Jewish 'cover.' But the truly powerful Jewish voices in American politics, fighting anti-Semitism and immoral orders, aren't in the White House. They’re in Congress.
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Hate crimes against Jews in New York have doubled in 2017, NYPD says

Feb 19 3:28am
Fifty-six hate crimes reported from January to mid-February, with 28 incidents targeting Jewish population.
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I was IDF property for three years today Im traumatized

Feb 18 6:37pm +972 Magazine
Every time I hear about another Druze who refuses to go to the army, I think about how he won’t have to suffer. He will avoid the trauma of becoming the human property of the IDF. By Fayez Abu Hayeh “Soldier, straighten up!” It was 2 a.m., I was lying on the ground, my backpack under me. The commander […]...
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Russian Foreign Minister: The Cold War is not over.

Feb 18 11:52am Behold Israel
FM remarks from 53rd Munich Security Conference; Russia calls for reforms and mutual respect for “global stability”; Lavrov addresses tension between US and Russia, claims that “NATO’s expansion has led to an unprecedented level of tension over the past 30 … Continue reading →...
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Ikea apologizes for 'modest' women-free catalog for Israel's ultra-Orthodox

Feb 18 10:10am
'This is not what the Ikea brand stands for,' spokeswoman says after local catalogue tries to cater to ultra-Orthodox.
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In unprecedented step, Reform Jewish movement opposes Trump's pick for Israel envoy

Feb 17 1:48pm
David Friedman lacks both the 'basic qualifications' and 'temperament' required by the position of Israel envoy, the largest Jewish movement in North America says.
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NBC's Chuck Todd scolds Trump: 'Make it clear you reject anti-Semites'

Feb 17 1:33pm
'Could it be that the president needs and welcomes the support of this 'alt-right' and some of the less enlightened people that reside there when it comes to what they think of people of the Jewish faith?'...
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