Bowing to Ultra-Orthodox, Jerusalem Mayor Snubs Gay Pride March a Year After Killing

Thousands are predicted to march in the Jerusalem Pride March on July 21, which will mark one year since an ultra-Orthodox man murdered 16-year-old marcher Shira Banki and wounded six others at the 2015 parade. But Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, will be nowhere in sight. Barkat said he will not be joining out of deference to ultra-Orthodox sensitivities.


Airman Nathan Narboni, Flew for Israel, France and U.S., Dies at 92

(JTA) — Nathan “Gino” Narboni, a veteran of the French Air Force who volunteered to fly a combat plane during Israel’s War of Independence and also served in the U.S. Air Force, has died. Narboni died July 16 at his home near San Antonio, Texas. He was 92. Narboni, who was born in a Jewish…

Rabbi David Wolpe Says It’s ‘Shame’ Haskel Lookstein Backed Out of Republican Convention

Influential L.A. rabbi David Wolpe called Rabbi Haskel Lookstein’s decision against giving the invocation at the Republican National Convention “a shame” in Time Magazine Monday, writing that reciting a blessing is not a political act.


Carlos Santana Will Go Ahead With Israel Gig — ‘Black Magic Woman’ Singer Shuns BDS

Carlos Santana is moving ahead with a performance, just days away now, in Tel Aviv — shunning public calls from the movement for the boycott, divest and sanction against Israel for him to cancel.


Brooklyn Eruv Feud Spreads to Park Slope — Second Ritual Boundary Vandalized

A territorial between two Orthodox Jewish groups in the central Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights has spilled over into nearby Park Slope.

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