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Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

Nov. 28, 2021 11:02 AM EST

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a morning interfaith service in support of abortion rights. That gathering, and a...

Rights group: Israel puts Jerusalem settlement plan on hold

Nov. 25, 2021 15:02 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities appear to have put plans to build a large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem on hold, at least for now, a rights group said Thursday. Plans for the Atarot settlement called for building 9,000 housing units...

Israel pushes for better Iran deal amid military buildup

Nov. 25, 2021 10:44 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks between world powers and Iran, but that Israel is hedging its bets and building up its military capabilities. Benny Gantz spoke to reporters at...

Israel plans large settlement at shuttered Jerusalem airport

Nov. 24, 2021 13:27 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is moving ahead with plans to build a massive Jewish settlement on the site of a long-abandoned airport that the Palestinians had hoped would one day service their future capital in east Jerusalem. It’s one of several settlement projects that...

Kardashian West helps fly Afghan women soccer players to UK

Nov. 18, 2021 07:45 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Members of Afghanistan’s women’s youth development soccer team arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from Pakistan with the help of a New York rabbi, a U.K. soccer club and Kim Kardashian West. A plane chartered by the reality star and...

Suspect in Austin synagogue arson fire faces federal charges

Nov. 17, 2021 15:19 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old man arrested as a suspect in the Austin synagogue arson fire now faces federal charges. Franklin Barrett Sechriest was charged Monday with arson for the Oct. 31 fire at Congregation Beth Israel, according to a statement from the U.S....

Menorah taken from Alabama synagogue targeted by vandals

Nov. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Jewish congregation that was targeted by vandals last year had a large menorah taken off its property, but police don't believe the incidents are related, news outlets reported. Rabbi Moshe Cohen, who leads Chabad of Huntsville, said he...

Man sentenced in hate group plot threatening Blacks, Jews

Nov. 17, 2021 08:45 AM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is going to prison for his role in conspiring with a hate group to threaten and intimidate properties owned by Black people and Jews throughout the country. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Richard Tobin, 20, to one year and one...

Helena synagogue building set to return to Jewish community

Nov. 12, 2021 11:31 AM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Jewish community in Montana’s state capital has not had a place to gather in 80 years. But a group of Helena Jews is set to change that by buying back the old synagogue that was built more than a century ago and sold soon after for $1. ...

German president remembers anti-Jewish pogrom 83 years ago

Nov. 09, 2021 07:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday marked the 83rd anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogrom that was labeled “Kristallnacht” — the “Night of Broken Glass” — when Nazis, among them many ordinary Germans, terrorized Jews throughout Germany and Austria. ...