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(JTA) – Meir Shamgar, a former president of the Israeli Supreme Court who started his legal studies by correspondence in an Eritrean prison, has died. He was 94. Shamgar, who was deported and jailed because of his activities with the Irgun paramilitary group, served as the head of Israel’s...
(October 18, 2019 / JNS) The first-ever female spacewalking team, including a Jewish astronaut, exited the International Space Station on Friday. Swedish-American-Israeli Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are repairing a broken part of the station’s solar-power network. Meir became the fourth Jewish woman and 15th Jewish astronaut overall to be...
(JTA) — The number of religion-based hate crimes against Jews in England and Wales nearly doubled last year, according to a government report. The data from a Home Office report published this week lists 1,326 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, or 18 percent of the overall number of hate crimes...
(October 18, 2019 / JNS) More than 1 million Jewish people are expected to keep Shabbat in 1,500 different cities around the world for the Shabbat Project, which takes place from Nov. 15-16. Last year, an equal number of people in 101 countries, and 1,511 cities and towns, took...
(October 18, 2019 / JNS) A Jewish lawmaker on Wednesday quit the British Labour Party that she had been a member of for 55 years and condemned its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for allowing anti-Semitism to spread under his leadership. Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman, 73, announced her resignation in...
(JTA) — Two NASA astronauts, including an Israeli national, embarked Friday on the first all-female space walk. Jessica Meir, a Jewish woman who is a citizen of Sweden, and Michigan-born Christina Koch floated feet first out of the International Space Station’s Quest airlock. They are tasked with replacing a...
(October 18, 2019 / JNS) A proposed settlement reached on Oct. 12 in a class-action lawsuit allows Jewish inmates in Michigan prisons to start receiving certified-kosher meals, The Jewish News reported. The lawsuit was handled by the Civil Rights Clinic at Michigan State University, led by Professor Daniel Manville,...
(October 18, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday amid Israeli concerns over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria. “Netanyahu and I had a productive meeting on efforts to counter the Iranian regime’s malign influence as...
Communities across the country are being told to “keep doors closed and locked” over Shabbat in wake of recent security threats against places of worship. The Community Security Trust made the recommendation on Friday in a statement backed by six synagogue movements and the Office of the Chief Rabbi. ...

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