Month: March 2018

Jewish day schools across the country join walkouts demanding action on gun violence

NEW YORK (JTA) — Students at Jewish day schools offered prayers, lit candles and demanded change as part of a nationwide student walkout calling for gun reform in the wake of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Students around the country walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. Wednesday to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation and to honor the lives of the 17 victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. The national walkouts come a week before the March for Our Lives, a protest organized by Parkland students in…

Israeli lawmakers banned from accepting funds for travel from BDS groups

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Arab Israeli lawmakers have been banned from accepting funds for travel abroad from organizations that support a boycott against Israel.

The lawmakers’ requests were turned down on Tuesday by the Knesset’s Ethics Committee, Times of Israel reported. The rejection was based on a motion passed in January citing a blacklist by Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry of 20 organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS movement, against Israel.

Yousef Jabareen of the Arab Joint List Party told the Times of Israel that he would appeal the decision to the country’s Supreme Court.

Jabareen was…

Orthodox Jews in Florida make 11th hour push to stop all-year daylight saving time bill

(JTA) — Florida’s Orthodox Jewish community is working to convince the governor not to sign a bill that would keep the state in daylight saving time all year.

Agudath Israel of Florida has contacted state lawmakers to explain how the Sunshine Protection Act would adversely affect the Orthodox Jewish community, Vos Iz Neis reported, citing Rabbi Moshe Matz, the state Agudah’s executive director. Matz also called on Florida’s Jewish community leaders, institutions and residents to contact Gov. Rick Scott to express their opposition.

The bill is awaiting Scott’s signature; the Florida House of Representatives and Senate voted overwhelmingly this…

Macedonia adopts definition of anti-Semitism that mentions Israel hatred

(JTA) — The Balkan nation of Macedonia joined the United Kingdom, Romania and Bulgaria in adopting a definition of anti-Semitism that includes the demonization of Israel.

Macedonia, where the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the country’s Jews during the Holocaust is being commemorated this week, adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition last week, the World Jewish Congress said on its website.

Next month, the country will see the opening of the Holocaust Memorial Center for the Jews of Macedonia. Designed by Berenbaum Jacobs Associates, the new museum tells the story of the Macedonian Jewry beginning two millennia…

Israeli pop duo Static & Ben-El signs $5 million deal with Capitol Records

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The popular Israeli music duo Static and Ben-El has signed a recording contract with Capitol Records reportedly worth $5 million.

The Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban facilitated the seven-album, 10-year contract for the duo, whose real names are Liraz Russo, 27, and Ben-El Tavori, 26. Saban Capital Group brought the singers and Capitol Records together.

Saban first heard about Static & Ben-El from his nephew Gil Saban, the owner and CEO of Saban Brands Israel, Haaretz reported. It is his first major investment in Israeli singers.

“I believe that the talents of Static and Ben-El will…