by Eric Hal Schwartz Staff Writer Physicist Stephen Hawking canceled his plans to attend Israel’s president’s conference in Jerusalem last week, citing Israeli policies toward Palestinians and reinvigorating the controversial movement for an academic boycott of Israel.
More than three years after the discovery of fraudulent activity at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (“Claims Conference”), which continued for about 15 years and deprived Holocaust survivors of more than $57 million, Semen Domnitser, former Claims Conference director of hardship and Article 2 Funds, and two co-conspirators on Wednesday of last… Read More
Young Israeli Orthodox women turn out by the hundreds to protest Women of the Wall’s monthly prayer service at the Western Wall on Friday. Photo by Ben Sales by Ben Sales JTA News and Features JERUSALEM – Haredi Orthodox youths mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as… Read More
by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Penny Pritzker, a billionaire real estate developer and a large donor to both President Obama and the Jewish Federation in Chicago, has been nominated to be the next commerce secretary. Pritzker, 54, is a civic and business leader, who thanks to both birth and hard work, has plenty of money… Read More
by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Add at least one Jewish nonprofit to the growing list of organizations apparently targeted for extra scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service. Z Street, a 501(c)(3) educational group dedicated to protecting the rights of Jewish people to live wherever they want and to combating what it calls deceptive Palestinian narratives… Read More
by Ron Kampeas JTA News and Features What happens when the rabbi who delivered the invocation at your nomination inveighs against you? Three controversies in quick succession have earned President Obama opprobrium from some of his most steadfast liberal supporters, including Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center.