Jewish Life in Vermont In the picturesque countryside, do-it-yourself Judaism creates connections

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“No one comes to Vermont to be Jewish.” Susan Leff, executive director of Jewish Communities of Vermont (JCVT), isn’t trying to be glib. She’s simply acknowledging a basic reality about her adopted state: When most people think of populous, thriving, prototypically Jewish communities, they generally think of places such as Boca Raton, Fla., or Crown… Read More

ADL Reports Surge in Donations Following Election

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The Anti-Defamation League has seen a spike in donations following Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election and a spate of anti-Semitic and racist incidents around the country. The day after the election, the ADL saw a 50-fold increase in the number of online daily donations, according to Todd Gutnick, the organization’s vice president for… Read More

Rabbis on Trump: ‘We Have to Stand Up for Civil Liberties’

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Rabbi Ron Shulman, clad in a flashy suit and wearing reading glasses, took to the lectern with a folded-up piece of paper to which he rarely needed to refer. He might have forecasted the emotion that would soon accompany his words, drawing on similar sentiments the crowd shared. A little more than a minute into… Read More

Bernie Is Back Bernie Sanders reflects on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and lessons of 2016 Election

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“I am not a liberal, I am a progressive,” pronounced Sen. Bernie Sanders during a student-submitted Q&A conducted by Johns Hopkins University president Ronald Daniels. What became something of an open, periodically funny and altogether forthright conversation between Sanders and Daniels followed the former presidential hopeful’s hour-long speech about his recently published book, “Our Revolution:… Read More

Yeshiva University Appoints Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as New President

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Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman was appointed Wednesday as the new president of Yeshiva University, the school’s board of trustees announced. Berman, who will be the university’s fifth president, begins his tenure in July 2017. He is a university graduate. He succeeds Richard M. Joel, who became president in 2003. “Yeshiva University, with its distinct mission… Read More

A Divisive Result With domestic discontent and concern for Israel, Jewish community applauds and decries Trump's election

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  Donald Trump’s stunning victory in last week’s presidential election has stirred strong reactions from both those distressed and those enthused by the Republican candidate’s improbable win. And those reactions have struck on many issues that divide Jewish people the most. Indvidudals and organizations that adovcate for Jewish social welfare programs, the importance of a… Read More

Election Never Far from Federation Assembly

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The General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America got underway in Washington, D.C., Sunday with Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, telling the 3,000 community activists and staff how the world has changed since he last addressed the G.A. in 2014. “Since we last met, the world has… Read More

Stephen Bannon: 5 Things Jews Need to Know About Trump’s Chief Strategist

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On Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump appointed Stephen Bannon to be his chief strategist. Before joining Trump’s campaign, Bannon was the chairman of Breitbart News, a site steeped in conspiracy theories that has featured the white supremacist, anti-Semitic ideologies of the so-called alt-right. Bannon has also been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks himself. The Anti-Defamation League slammed… Read More

Does Trump Want to Scrap the Iran Deal? If so, This is How He Does it

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WASHINGTON (JTA) – Enforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the… Read More

Van Hollen Wins Maryland Senate Race

REP. CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD.) GREETS A VOTER AT THE TEMPLE EMANUEL POLLING STATION IN KENSINGTON. VAN HOLLEN WAS DECLARED THE WINNER IN THE RACE TO SUCCEED SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-MD.) (DANIEL SCHERE)

Chris Van Hollen will be Maryland’s next senator, replacing retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who will retire in January after five terms. Van Hollen, who represents the state’s 8th congressional district, defeated Republican challenger Kathy Szeliga, 55, the minority whip in the state Senate Tuesday night. When the race was called shortly after the polls… Read More