Houston man pleads guilty to synagogue bomb threats

A Houston man pleaded guilty to calling in bomb threats to two city synagogues. Dante Phearse, 33, appeared in a federal court in Texas on Monday to respond to two civil rights violations charges for using the “threat of force with an explosive device which allegedly obstructed members of the synagogues from enjoying the free… Read More

U.S. soldiers lose bid to dress according to religious beliefs

The Army denied the requests of two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs. The soldiers had requested to be exempt from the uniform policy for religious purposes under a new policy approved in January, Reuters reported. Under the revised policy, U.S. troops may be accommodated in observing religious beliefs in… Read More

‘Glitches’ in Kansas City security plan

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The deadly shooting in the parking lots of two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., exposed “glitches” in the Kansas City Jewish community’s security plan, according to the head of the local Jewish federation. Todd Stettner, president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, said he was glad to see… Read More

Bombs Away

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Alarmed by what they believe to be diplomatic failures by the Obama administration in nuclear negotiations with Iran, leading scholars of a Washington-based think tank have proposed that the United States provide Israel with the largest bunker-buster bombs in the U.S. arsenal to help restore the administration’s leverage in its negotiations. In an op-ed published… Read More

Secretary’s Standing Goes ‘Poof’

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After spending more than two-and-a-half hours testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry is fending off criticism from all sides, as Democrats, Republicans and members of the media accuse him of blaming Israelis for derailing peace negotiations. During a hearing held as a review of the State Department’s… Read More

Kansas Gunman Targets JCC

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Kansas’ tight-knit Jewish community was rocked just one day before the beginning of Passover as a gunman took the lives of three people in attacks just minutes apart outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a local retirement home. According to various news reports, at about 1 p.m., shots… Read More

Mock Evictions Spark University’s Ire

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American universities have long been a place of political engagement, where rhetoric far from the sphere of mainstream political discourse is often the norm. But the recent suspension of a pro-Palestine student group has thrust Boston’s Northeastern University into a national debate on what constitutes free speech and what crosses into anti-Semitism and intimidation. The… Read More

What Happens in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — The GOP Jewish faithful descended in force on Sin City, turning out in record numbers and striking a feisty, combative tone at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference. According to organizers, some 400 people attended the gathering, where they were feted with poker and golf tournaments and wooed by presidential hopefuls. “In… Read More

Flash in the Pan?

Underdog Republican candidate David Jolly’s victory in Florida’s 13th congressional district on March 11 is being hotly debated by both sides of the aisle on whether the contest is an indicator of things to come in the 2014 midterm election later this year. The district west of Tampa is like many in Florida, home to… Read More

Synagogue to Press Charges

A California synagogue is expected to file criminal charges against its former executive director, Eric Levine, a Bethesda resident who most recently worked for Adas Israel Congregation in the District, for allegedly stealing almost $400,000 over a five-year period. “We anticipate that criminal charges are going to be filed,” said Sonia Israel, president of Congregation… Read More