Tag: Jewish community

Dozens of Houston Jewish community families displaced in ‘catastrophic’ flooding

(JTA) — Dozens of Jewish families in Houston were either evacuated or moved to the second floors of their homes due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the local Jewish Family Service said.

Some 150 neighborhood blocks in the city that are home to members of the Jewish community have been damaged in floods as part of the hurricane, the JFS said in a conference call with community leaders, the Texas Jewish Herald-Voice reported.

Many of the families affected by the floods also were flooded out in 2016 and 2015. Some of the families have flood insurance and others do not,…

’18 Youth Olympic Games to use Jewish group’s anti-racism program

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) —  The 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will feature a Jewish group’s program battling racism and xenophobia in sports.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Eleven Points Against Racism in Football program works with sports authorities, athletes and referees to stop and prevent racial hatred in athletic events and to use sports as a bond between peoples.

It will be implemented with the support of the Organization of American States during the games, which will be held Oct. 6-18, 2018.

On Tuesday, the Latin American representative of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, confirmed to JTA…

Mike Pence commemorates Holocaust, terrorism victims in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence in Argentina commemorated Holocaust victims and those killed in terrorist attacks on Israelis and the Jewish community in 1992 and 1994.

On Tuesday, Pence paid homage to the victims at a memorial in Buenos Aires — his first stop during an official visit to Argentina – in the Metropolitan cathedral.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 bombing at the Israeli Embassy in the Argentine capital, which was followed two years later by the AMIA Jewish center bombing — the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of Argentina. The two attacks,…

Ivanka Trump condemns white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

(JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, condemned a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” Ivanka Trump tweeted Sunday morning from her personal Twitter page.

“We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED,” she also tweeted, echoing her father, who tweeted Saturday: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

Charlottesville Jewish community hires security

(JTA) — The Jewish community of Charlottesville, Virginia, hired security guards for the first time in its history ahead of a far-right event that ended with a deadly attack on protesters against racism.

Rabbi Tom Gutherz of Congregation Beth Israel told Haaretz on Sunday that the move was deemed necessary ahead of the “alt-right” rally planned for the city the day before. On Saturday, a 20-year-old white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, and wounding 20 others.

“We had to hire the service of security guards because of the events,” Gutherz told…