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(New York Jewish Week via JTA) – It was the best of Twitter. It was the worst of Twitter. During the long agonizing hours of last Saturday evening, during which a rabbi and three congregants were held against their will at a Dallas-area synagogue, social media performed perhaps as its creators and optimists always thought it would. It was a community of caring, with users posting prayers, sharing their distress and comforting one another. They sent messages of hope to the Jews trapped in the building and words of gratitude to the responders gathered outside. more
(JTA) – All four hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area were declared “out alive and safe” by Texas Governor Greg Abbott at 9:33 p.m. CST on Saturday following a terrifying 12-hour standoff with an armed assailant in an unfolding saga that terrified Jews worldwide. more
BOSTON (JTA) – Against a backdrop of disturbing revelations of anti-Semitic incidents, including many in local schools,  Massachusetts lawmakers this week approved a bill that will require … more
Five members of Congress are calling on cable and satellite television providers to increase access to Jewish-themed programming as a way of fighting against anti-Semitism. more
(JTA) – “Deck the halls with matzo balls”? Hanukkah menorahs with 12 candles? Products with misfired Hanukkah messages have been drawn gripes for years, but this year major … more
(JTA) – The sponsor of a bill that would have made Burlington, Vermont, the first city in America to divest from Israel is withdrawing his legislation, citing concerns that it would promote anti-Semitism.  Councilmember Ali Dieng, who sponsored the resolution, said Monday afternoon that he would withdraw it at the council meeting scheduled for the same evening, and refer the resolution for reconsideration at the council’s racial equity committee. The city’s Jewish mayor also publicly expressed concerns about the resolution. more
BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) – Last week, Delta Airlines pilot Alexander Kahn flew hundreds of Afghan refugees from Germany to Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., as part of a U.S. government … more
(JTA) – Ben Smith hid a significant nugget deep within his latest New York Times story, on the billion-dollar sale of Politico: The magazine and news site’s new owners, German publishing … more
WASHINGTON (JTA) – The $1 trillion infrastructure funding bill that is seen as a rare bipartisan breakthrough includes funding for energy efficiency measures at religious institutions, a … more
WASHINGTON (JTA) – Seven Republican senators are backing a bill that would enshrine as law one of former President Donald Trump’s final orders – requiring products from the portion … more
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