Major American Jewish groups react positively to President Trump's Jerusalem announcement

Here are statements publicized by major American Jewish organizations following President Trump's Jerusalem speech on Wednesday. They are from Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Union, Hadassah, the Council of Presidents, RCA, AIPAC, and One Israel Fund, plus Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Additional statements will be added to this post as they become available.


Trump draws broad Jewish and Christian support on Jerusalem

It’s not often that the American Jewish community is united on issues pertaining to President Donald Trump, or on any political topics for that matter. But Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of …


At a Jerusalem market, shrugs follow Trump announcement

President Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have sent shock waves across the Middle East. But here, in the epicenter of a city where fewer …


Trump's Jerusalem announcement is a big deal — but won't actually change much

In announcing U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Donald Trump spoke loud and clear — except when he didn't. That's not to say that Israel and …

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5 Towns toasts treasured Jewish children’s library

The Levi Yitzchak Family Center marked its seventh anniversary with a fund-raising award breakfast on Sunday. It also would have been the 18th birthday of Levi Yitzchak Wolowik, for whom the center …

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NY bookstore faced crossfire over Palestine book

When Chris Doeblin agreed to buy 100 copies of a children’s book to help an author friend, he didn’t expect to become enmeshed in a controversy over international relations and free …


Siddur celebration at YOSS

First grade boys at Yeshiva of South Shore reached an important milestone when they received their first siddurim. Smiles were in abundance as each boy was presented with an engraved siddur by Rabbi …


US aircraft carrier gets a Torah scroll

WASHINGTON — Jewish sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford now have a Torah scroll to use during their six- to eight-month stints at sea. The umbrella body for …

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Here’s what Flynn’s plea could mean for both Kushner and Israel

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI twice — both times about policy maneuvering with Sergey …


Amazon to hyper charge the ‘start-up nation’

When the online retail giant Amazon recently entered Israel’s high-tech ecosystem, it was far from business as usual in the “start-up nation.” As the conglomerate began …


HANC shabbaton in Monsey

At their all-inclusive Monsey shabbaton over Shabbat Toldot, HANC sophomore boys heared from the Rabbi Yaakov Twersky of Milwaukee, who spoke with and blessed each boy individually.

health mind and body

Event at CitiField views health care with halachic eye

The venue — and the crowds — keep getting bigger. Five Towns-based Achiezer moved its annual Jewish Healthcare Conference and Expo to CitiField last Sunday, drawing particpiants from …

troubled teens

OU’s Zula center aids at-risk kids in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Hadas was just 11 when her mother began to suffer from postpartum depression so severe it rendered her incapable of caring for herself or her children. Her father and an older …


Columbia gives 'Gold' to SKA 'Holocaust Journal'

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association presented a Gold Medal to editors of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls “Holocaust Journal,” produced by last year’s freshmen. …


After Nazis killed her family, woman joined partisans to fight back

Nazis came for Rose Holm’s family in the afternoon. By the evening, the 16-year-old was lying among corpses in the underground bunker where she and her family …

health mind and body

Europe’s Jewish hospice offers dignity to survivors

AMSTERDAM — Henny Goudeketting, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor, who was sterilized in Nazi medical experiments at Auschwitz, has neither children nor other relatives to care for her. Now, …


Bibi electrifies Africa on third visit in 18 months

Decades after a massive diplomatic campaign by former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to build relations with sub-Saharan Africa, current Prime Minister Benjamin …


At SKA, sisters 'big' and 'little'

An early effort through which SKA works to ensure that each student is be comfortable during her high school years is the annual Big Sister/Little Sister event. Every ninth grader is paired with …

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