(JTA) — Jewish relief efforts both large and small continue in flood-ravaged Houston.
A dozen students from Yeshiva University in New York spent the Labor Day holiday weekend in the Texas city helping families clear out their flood-damaged homes and salvage any belongings. The students, who stayed with families whose homes were not damaged by last week’s massive flooding, also packaged food for those in need, according to the student newspaper, the YU Commentator. More than 100 students vied for the 12 spots, which were chosen by lottery. Three students from the Houston area were among the volunteers.
BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was declared an honored visitor by the Buenos Aires city legislature.
The honor will be bestowed on him on September 12 while he is in Buenos Aires, at the empty town square that marks the place where the Israeli embassy was located until it was destroyed in a car bomb attack in March 1992, which killed 29 people. Netanyahu also will visit Jewish institutions and will honor the victims of the July 18, 1994 terrorist attack against the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85. Both attacks remain unsolved.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea calling it a continuation of the country’s “pattern of defiant activity.”
North Korea carried out the underground test on Sunday, later claiming that it had set off a hydrogen bomb. The explosion was felt in South Korea and China, making it the most powerful bomb that North Korea has ever set off.
“North Korea must comply with all Security Council resolutions on this issue and refrain from testing and developing weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement…
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel finalized a deal to order 17 more F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S. company Lockheed Martin.
The planes were originally authorized and ordered in November 2016, but the negotiations with the company were completed over the weekend, according to reports.
Each plane costs about $100 million. The money comes from the 10-year, $38 billion U.S. military aid package for Israel signed by President Barak Obama in September 2016. Most of the aid must be spent in the United States. The order brings to 50 the number of F-35s to be built for Israel.
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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.