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NY Holocaust survivors celebrated at concert after isolation

Jun. 14, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Holocaust survivors clapped, sang and danced Monday at a concert held in their honor in Brooklyn in the first large gathering for New York-area survivors after months of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The concert by popular...

The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'

Jun. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The latest on Israel’s incoming government (all times local): 10:45 p.m. JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings,...

EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel's new government?

Jun. 12, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — If all goes according to plan, Israel will swear in a new government on Sunday, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year rule and a political crisis that inflicted four elections on the country in less than two years. The next...

Torah ark desecrated inside Frankfurt Airport prayer room

Jun. 12, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading Jewish group in Germany on Saturday condemned the antisemitic desecration of a Torah ark inside the Jewish prayer room at Frankfurt's international airport. Frankfurt police said a swastika was painted on the cabinet inside the prayer room, which...

Thousands join Pride parade in conservative Jerusalem

Jun. 03, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of people marched through Jerusalem on Thursday in the annual Pride parade, celebrating LGBTQ rights in the conservative city amid heavy police security. Pride events in Jerusalem, which is home to a large ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, tend...

Netanyahu opponents reach coalition deal to oust Israeli PM

Jun. 02, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal to form a new governing coalition, paving the way for the ouster of the longtime Israeli leader. The dramatic announcement by opposition leader Yair Lapid...

Faith, political leaders unite in rally against antisemitism

May. 27, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

Faith leaders, celebrities and lawmakers across the political spectrum joined Thursday to condemn a rise in antisemitic incidents around the world triggered by the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Organized by leading U.S. Jewish groups,...

Israel plans to indict powerful ultra-Orthodox politician

May. 27, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's attorney general plans to indict a powerful ultra-Orthodox politician on charges of obstruction of justice in connection with the long-delayed extradition of a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia. Yaakov...

NYC mayor says antisemitic attackers 'will be prosecuted'

May. 23, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Sunday that police would catch the group of young men who hurled antisemitic threats outside of a synagogue in Brooklyn and damaged a car parked nearby. The assailants Saturday yelled “Free Palestine! Kill...

New survey of US Jews reveals worries, strengths, divisions

May. 11, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

A comprehensive new survey of Jewish Americans finds them increasingly worried about antisemitism, proud of their cultural heritage and sharply divided about the importance of religious observance in their lives. The survey, released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center,...