Tag: Judaism

Rabbi who oversaw conversion of Ivanka Trump slams president’s response to Charlottesville

(JTA) — Haskel Lookstein, the New York rabbi who oversaw the conversion to Judaism of President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, criticized the president’s response to the violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lookstein weighed in on the issue Wednesday along with other rabbis at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a prominent modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan.

“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right,” the rabbis wrote in a letter to members of the synagogue and its affiliated Ramaz School. “While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation…

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!”

Glen Campbell was a practicing Messianic Jew for over two decades

(JTA) — Glen Campbell, the country music star who died at 81 on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s, grew up in rural Arkansas. The man who sang hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get To Phoenix” was raised a Baptist in a family of 12.

But as the Jewish Journal pointed out, Reuters reported in 2008 that Campbell had been a Messianic Jew for the last two decades of his life. He and his wife Kim attended services at a synagogue…

It’s Jew vs. Jew in France as conflict over women reading Torah turns ugly

MARSEILLE, France (JTA) — The Edmond Fleg Center is the cultural heart of France’s second largest Jewish community, even if its facade resembles a prison.

But behind the exterior of security cameras and blast-proof doors – a response to anti-Semitic attacks in recent years on members of Marseille’s Jewish community of 80,000 – this five-story building is nonetheless an attempt at welcoming one and all into a space that encourages unity.

Jews of all denominations come here for activities and workshops. There’s a state-of-the-art cinema, a breezy terrace roof and regional offices of the major Jewish groups in France.

One…

Tablet magazine hires reporter who broke story of Jewish women kicked out of Chicago Dyke March

(JTA) — Tablet magazine has hired a journalist who was relieved of her reporting duties at a Chicago newspaper after breaking the story of three Jewish women who were ejected from a lesbian march.

In July, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, formerly an award-winning reporter for the Windy City Times, a Chicago LGBT newspaper, was moved full-time to the paper’s sales desk after reporting on the women being asked to leave the Chicago Dyke March for carrying rainbow flags emblazoned with Jewish stars. The story gained widespread attention and appeared in major media outlets across the country.

Dyke March organizers said the…