Steve Rosenthal, mayor of the rural Mississippi town of Indianola, didn’t start out in politics, but with his experiences as a longtime merchant in the town of just over 10,000, he was well positioned to run for office and try to bridge a racially divided community.
Reform Judaism, America’s largest denominational stream, boasts some 900 congregations in America, including some with thousands of member families. So what possessed Rabbi David Ellenson, the renowned scholar and then-president of Reform Judaism’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, to travel to tiny Temple Beth El, in Lexington, Mississippi, — population 2,000 — for that 12-member congregation’s 2005 centennial celebration?
Rabbi Elizabeth Bahar wasn’t thinking of just the need to demolish walls between Jews and a surrounding community of non-Jewish Trump Southerners. Unlike the heavily Democratic Jewish communities of the North, where Republicans are as rare as spotted owls, the Democrat/Republican divide in the South cleaves Jewish communities as well.15
It was a busy day for Hetfield the day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning all refugees from any country for 120 days and all immigration from war-gutted Syria permanently. Trump also barred entry of Muslims from seven countries for 90 days. Hetfield had to deal with the impact of the order – “a cruel, vicious act,” he called it – on this particular family, whose name he declined to share to protect their safety.
A shroud of uncertainty hangs over Wednesday’s meeting when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Donald Trump as president for the first time.
A long day of protest ended in a partial victory on Saturday, as a federal judge ruled that travelers detained at U.S. airports as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order would not be deported.
In a reverent scene in downtown Manhattan on Friday, dozens of Muslims gathered in Foley Square to pray, and to protest President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.120
(JTA) — In his first statement about the Holocaust as president, Donald Trump vowed to make “love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world” and made no mention of Jews. “It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” Trump said in a statement…
As national Jewish organizations ring alarm bells over an expected executive order that would ban refugees from Syria, some on the Jewish right are praising the new strict limitations.8
The war between Brooklyn’s kosher grocery stores and the Orthodox Jewish press is over, but the terms of the truce remain unclear.
(JTA) — American Jews are watching the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency with both fear and hope. Many have expressed worries about some of his supporters’ ties to the so-called “alt-right” movement, whose followers traffic variously in white nationalism, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Semitism and a disdain for “political correctness.” Those fears intensified when Trump named as his chief…9
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