Month: April 2017

Reform head asks Netanyahu to clarify how anti-boycott law will affect Israel trip participants

(JTA) — The head of the Reform movement asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to clarify how the country’s new anti-boycott law will affect participants in the movement’s tours to Israel.

In a letter sent Wednesday, Rabbi Rick Jacobs said he was writing on behalf of students who are scheduled to participate in trips to Israel sponsored by the movement and are concerned that they will be turned away because of their political views.

Jacobs wrote that the young people now “find themselves in this very difficult and troubling situation.”

The Knesset law passed last month bars entry to…

The 3 cancers Jews need to worry about most — and how to reduce the risks

This story is sponsored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund.

NEW YORK — As if Jews don’t have enough to worry about.

Geopolitical threats to the Jewish people may wax and wane, but there’s another lethal danger particular to the Jewish people that shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon: cancer.

Specifically, Jews are at elevated risk for three types of the disease: melanoma, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The perils are particularly acute for Jewish women.

The higher prevalence of these illnesses isn’t spread evenly among all Jews. The genetic mutations that result in higher incidence of…

Jewish politician, group decry NY college inviting Linda Sarsour as commencement speaker

(JTA) — A New York public university is standing by its decision to invite Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour to deliver a commencement address despite some opposition.

Sarsour, who stirred controversy last month by saying one cannot be part of the feminist movement unless he or she is critical of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, was chosen to address the graduates of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy on June 1.

Sarsour, an organizer of January’s Women’s March on Washington and the International Women’s Strike, made the remarks during an interview with The…

Teens studying technology teach Holocaust survivors to surf the internet

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly 700 Israeli teens studying in science and technology schools in Israel are teaching Holocaust survivors to use computers and the internet.

The students meet weekly in pairs with survivors in 22 cities across Israel through a program called Mechubarim, which means connected.

Students have helped the survivors to search for family members lost during the Holocaust and research other aspects of their lives in Europe. Many of the students and survivors have typed the survivors’ stories into the computer as part of their work. The stories have been uploaded to the program’s website.

The program,…

Israeli tanks destroy Hamas post in Gaza after soldiers come under fire

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli tanks fired at a Hamas position in Gaza after soldiers came under fire while working on the coastal strip’s border with Israel.

Israeli news reports said the Hamas position was destroyed.

According to the Israeli army, the soldiers were carrying out “routine activities” near the southern Gaza border fence on Thursday morning when they were fired upon from inside Gaza. No Israeli soldiers were injured in the attack, for which no group in Gaza has claimed responsibility.