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Biden’s Jewish transgender deputy health secretary decries ‘bullying,’ lauds Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Speaking at an Israeli embassy Pride event, Rachel Levine, the openly transgender Jewish deputy secretary of health in the Biden administration, called on people to “stand together…

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Highland Park, shaken by July 4 shooting, has long and notable Jewish presence

JTA — In 2014, Highland Park was included in an article on communities across the country that were melding Jewish pride into their ceremonies for July 4, which that year…

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Jewish group calls for investigation into NYC public college over BDS support

NEW YORK — A Jewish advocacy group on Tuesday filed formal requests for investigations into a public law school over its faculty’s support for the anti-Israel boycott movement, saying it…

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In Highland Park’s Jewish community, few are untouched by deadly mass shooting

HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois (JTA) – Bright Bowls was open for July 4 in Highland Park’s main commercial district, and its owners, Lindsay and Matt Meltzer, were prepared for a busy…

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Inside the international campaign to save Kyrgyzstan’s only Jewish school

The tiny Jewish community of Kyrgyzstan does not have many allies. With only several hundred Jews, few international Jewish organizations maintain a significant presence in the relatively poor former Soviet…

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Tennessee judges dismiss Jewish couple’s lawsuit alleging religious bias in adoption

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A panel of Tennessee judges has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a couple who alleged that a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because…

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Moscow makes difficult demands of Jewish Agency, threatening its future in Russia

Russian authorities recently made a number of difficult demands of the Jewish Agency’s offices in the country, in a highly unusual move that threatens the semi-governmental organization’s ability to operate…

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Arts philanthropy Reboot creates studio to fund Jewish projects from podcasts to TV

JTA — When “Saturday Night Seder,” a Passover-themed virtual comedy show, was a hit at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, its funders realized there was a strong appetite for…

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In new post, Black Jewish leader seeks to help communities become more inclusive

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing…

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In Hungary, a palace tied to political scandal becomes a Jewish refugee camp

BUDAPEST (JTA) — For the last few months, a lakeside palace linked to a major political scandal in Hungary has been home to Jewish refugees from Ukraine. Just before Passover,…

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