Month: January 2017

At least 17 bomb threats called in to JCCs nationwide in third wave of harassment

(JTA) — At least 17 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month.

Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network — an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America that advises Jewish groups and institutions on security — said the threats were called in late Tuesday morning. Some of the messages were live, he confirmed.

“[I]n the past we know that the numbers can grow exponentially,” he said, adding that perpetrators have been “leveraging technologies to make mass calls.”

Goldenberg confirmed that threats had been called into…

Amona outpost residents given 48 hours to evacuate

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Residents of the Amona outpost in the West Bank have been notified that they have 48 hours to leave ahead of its demolition.

The Israel Defense Forces posted a notice Monday that the entire outpost, including residents’ possessions, must be vacated by Wednesday. After several delays, the demolition date set by Israel’s Supreme Court for the hilltop community is Feb. 8.

Roads around the outpost reportedly have been closed to all but authorized vehicles.

The evacuation is going forward despite the suspension of a plan to relocate many of the residents to an adjacent hilltop after…

Why Trump’s universalizing of the Holocaust matters to the Jews

(JTA) — Where’s Jared Kushner?

Supporters of President Donald Trump have often defended his election campaign against charges of anti-Semitism by noting he has an Orthodox Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Jews on the right are excited about Kushner’s role as a special adviser to the president, assuming he’ll be their advocate on Israel and other Jewish issues. Jews on the left hope Kushner, whose parents were longtime donors to the Democratic Party, will be a check on Trump’s most conservative impulses.

But although most reports put Kushner at the center of White House decision-making, he mostly remains a…

Brazil’s president attends Holocaust remembrance service at country’s largest synagogue

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — President Michel Temer of Brazil attended a service at the country’s largest synagogue to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The president was invited during Sunday’s service at the Congregacao Israelita Paulista synagogue in Sao Paulo to light one of six candles in honor of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The remembrance day was officially Friday.

“Remembering the Holocaust in all its pain and anguish is preparing the future,” Temer said. “It stands to all of us as a lesson. One day may pass, one month may pass, years may pass, centuries may pass, we…

Sean Spicer: Complaints about omitting Jews from Trump Holocaust statement ‘pathetic’

WASHINGTON (JTA) —  President Donald Trump’s spokesman said complaints about the president’s omission of Jews from a Holocaust commemoration statement were’s  “pathetic” and “disappointing.”

Sean Spicer, speaking Monday at the White House briefing for reporters, was asked about the complaints about the statement Friday marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which did not mention Jews.

“By and large he’s been praised for it,” Spicer said, although only the World Jewish Congress appears to have praised it, while a broad range of others raised concerns.

Reporters asked specifically about complaints from two groups otherwise supportive…