Tag: Jewish community

Hungarian prime minister acknowledges his country’s ‘sin’ of abandoning its Jews to the Nazis

(JTA) — Hungary committed a “sin” in not protecting its Jewish citizens during World War II and collaborating with the Nazis, the country’s prime minister said while vowing it would never happen again.

Viktor Orban, speaking at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting Tuesday, also said that Hungary has a “zero tolerance” policy toward anti-Semitism and he would work to put a stop to it in Europe.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu told reporters he discussed with Orban concerns raised by the Jewish community about anti-Semitism and security in the aftermath of a government billboard…

ACLU urges senators to oppose bill targeting Israel boycotts

NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Civil Liberties Union called on U.S. senators to oppose a measure targeting boycotts of Israel and its settlements.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, introduced in March by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would expand 1970s-era laws that make illegal compliance with boycotts of Israel sponsored by governments — laws inspired at the time by the Arab League boycott of Israel — to include boycotts backed by international organizations. Those adhering to boycotts would be the subject of fines.

While the measure is aimed at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, it also targets efforts…

First Spain-born Liberal rabbi ordained

(JTA) — The main rabbinical seminary in Europe for Reform and Masorti Jews ordained the first ever Spain-born Progressive rabbi, the seminary’s spokesperson said.

Rabbi Haim Casas, who was born and raised in Cordoba, was ordained at a ceremony in London last week along with six other rabbis of the Leo Baeck College, the institution said in a statement on Sunday.

Casas, who was born in 1981, plans to return to Spain, where he will be serving that…

Vandal carves 30 swastikas into wet concrete in Brooklyn

(JTA) — New York police are searching for a man who carved about 30 swastikas into wet concrete in Brooklyn.

The Midwood neighborhood where the incident occurred early in Saturday morning is predominantly Jewish, and home to at least nine large Orthodox synagogues, a branch of Touro College, and two historic non-Orthodox synagogues.

The vandal, believed to be a teenager, was captured on video carving the swastikas in the concrete over the course of 35 minutes. He also took photos of his handiwork. The graffiti was discovered on…

North Carolina Pride parade scheduled for Yom Kippur, disappointing Jewish marchers

(JTA) — North Carolina’s Jewish community is expressing disappointment and anger over the scheduling of the state’s annual Pride parade and festival on Yom Kippur.

The NC Pride event in Durham has been held on the last Saturday of September for the past 17 years, according to organizers. This year, Saturday Sept. 30 is Yom Kippur.

Organizers have asked the Jewish community for their forgiveness, but say that rescheduling the event is not possible due to other community events and plans.

“As our event has become larger, the City of Durham, Duke University and other community events in the…