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Shooting survivor sues Southern California synagogue

Dec. 8, 2019 3:52 PM EST

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A man wounded in a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue is suing the house of worship, alleging Chabad of Poway didn't use federal funds meant to hire security to protect worshipers, according to a newspaper report. In the lawsuit obtained by Los Angeles Times, Almog Peretz claims...

Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

Dec. 6, 2019 4:38 PM EST

A North Carolina man was convicted Friday of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, federal prosecutors said. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison following his conviction in federal...

UK group: Rabbi badly beaten in London, hate crimes on rise

Dec. 2, 2019 9:18 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A neighborhood watch group that protects largely Jewish neighborhoods in London says a visiting rabbi has been badly beaten by men shouting anti-Semitic abuse. The security group Shomrim said Monday that the rabbi was left “bleeding and dazed” after an assault by men who shouted...

Shrinking synagogues find strength in smaller numbers

Nov. 30, 2019 2:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rusty black pickup truck with a whitetail deer sticker in the back window sat parked, illegally, on the sidewalk outside the Sons of Israel synagogue on a Friday night. No one was around to complain. The plain brick building is wedged between typical, four-squared Pennsylvania homes,...

Sabbath buses barrel through Israel’s religious-secular rift

Nov. 29, 2019 2:04 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a major step to cement its status as Israel’s secular mecca, launching public transportation services on the Jewish sabbath and redrawing the lines in the country’s culture wars between religious and secular citizens. The defiant move circumvents the...

Labour’s Corbyn struggles to contain anti-Semitism charge

Nov. 26, 2019 3:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn struggled Tuesday to defuse harsh criticism about anti-Semitism leveled at both himself and the party by Britain’s chief rabbi. In what was arguably his most difficult day in the general election campaign so far, Corbyn faced a multitude of questions...

Top UK rabbi slams Labour, says ‘soul of nation’ at risk

Nov. 25, 2019 5:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s most senior Jewish religious leader stepped into Britain’s election campaign Monday, saying the country’s main opposition leader has allowed the “poison” of anti-Semitism to take root in his party. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, spiritual leader of...

Yiddish author monument vandalized with swastikas in Ukraine

Nov. 25, 2019 6:48 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Unidentified vandals have painted swastikas on a monument to a prominent Yiddish author in the Ukrainian capital. Moshe Reuven Azman, the chief rabbi of Ukraine, posted pictures Monday of the monument to Sholem Aleichem outside Kyiv’s synagogue with big red swastikas...

Trawler begins dream of a lifetime for rabbi

Nov. 23, 2019 10:01 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Yehoshua Mizrachi and family plan to sail around North America As someone who feels at home both in the synagogue and auto repair shop, Yehoshua Mizrachi knows he's not an average rabbi. The 56-year-old minister from Pennsylvania prides himself as a Jewish leader and handyman who can...

Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Nov. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. The announcement by Benny...