The ADL’s new ‘report card’ for campus antisemitism gets an F from Hillel and some Jewish students

((JEWISH REVIEW)) — Some Jewish students would like to see the Anti-Defamation League after class. This week the antisemitism watchdog organization unveiled its Campus Antisemitism Report Card, a series of letter grades assigned to 85 colleges and universities based on how well the group believes they are addressing antisemitism. For many elite schools, the results […]

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An Indiana court ruled that Jews have a religious liberty right to abortion. Here’s why that matters.

((JEWISH REVIEW)) — Since the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the right to abortion is no longer protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. But that seismic constitutional change has triggered a new legal debate: In the absence of federal constitutional protection, does state law provide Jews with a religious liberty right […]

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Former Cornell student who threatened to shoot up kosher dining hall pleads guilty

((JEWISH REVIEW)) — A former Cornell University student has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Jewish students, including saying he would “shoot up” the kosher dining hall, the United States Justice Department said on Wednesday. Patrick Dai, 21, from Pittsford, New York, was charged in October 2023 with posting threats to kill or injure another […]

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Leading Democratic congressman says he wants ‘assurances’ before approving sale of fighter jets to Israel

((JEWISH REVIEW)) — Rep. Gregory Meeks, the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has said he would not approve a U.S. sale of F-15 fighter jets to Israel without “assurances” on what the jets would be used for. “I’m waiting for assurances,” Meeks, who represents a district in New York City, told CNN […]

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Under court order, Philadelphia theater screens Israeli film that it cancelled in the face of protests

((JEWISH REVIEW)) – In one of the more dizzying episodes of controversy surrounding Jewish cultural events since the Israel-Hamas war, a court ordered a Philadelphia-area movie theater Tuesday to move forward with screening an Israeli film less than a day after the theater’s Jewish director tried to call it off. The injunction issued by Montgomery […]

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Ritchie Torres’ pro-Israel activism sparks controversy in DC — and within his own family. In Israel, he’s a star.

(New York Jewish Week) — Last week, a video circulated online that drew impassioned commentary from Ritchie Torres’ supporters and opponents alike. In the two-minute clip, shared on April 4, the Bronx congressman parries accusations from pro-Palestinian activists that he supports the starvation of children during a genocide in Gaza. In response, he denies that […]

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7 Anti-Zionist Jewish artists pull out of California Jewish museum’s exhibit to protest Israel

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via (JEWISH REVIEW)) — When the inaugural California Jewish Open exhibit opens at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco in June, the gallery walls will have several blank spaces where works of art were supposed to hang. The spaces will represent the “missing perspectives” of seven self-identified […]

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6 months into Israel’s war, American rabbis are grappling with anxiety over the battle’s aims and mounting toll

((JEWISH REVIEW)) — Every Friday night, Rabbi Marc Katz’s synagogue recites a prayer for Israel that, since Oct. 7, has expressed hope for the release of the hostages held by Hamas, mentioned the Israeli government and asked God for dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians. Katz, the spiritual leader of Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, […]

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