More Bomb Threats to Local JCCs Wednesday

Late Tuesday night, both the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCCs were the targets of yet another wave of bomb threats, this time via emails that also included shooting threats. The threats also affected JCCs in St. Louis, Omaha, Neb., Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., all of which have been the targets of previous threats as… Read More

Pesner Named to NAACP Board

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), on Feb. 28 was named to the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP). Under Pesner, the RAC and NAACP will continue a joint effort to fight for the fundamental rights of Jews and African-Americans,… Read More

At Least 7 JCCs Receive Bomb Threats on Purim

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday at JCCs in Rochester, New York; Chicago; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Cleveland; Houston; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of the JCCs were evacuated and searched. None… Read More

Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation Maryland's anti-BDS bill draws strong support, opposition

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up. Gonzalez, 28, of Baltimore, is an active community member and educator… Read More

Four Days after Arrest, More Bomb Threats

Just four days after the FBI arrested St. Louis resident Juan Thompson, 31, in connection with eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions since January, a sixth wave of threats hit the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville and at least 11 other Jewish institutions in six U.S. states and Canada. Thompson reportedly… Read More

Disgraced Journalist Arrested for Making Eight Bomb Threats

Law enforcement agencies this morning arrested a disgraced journalist who allegedly made eight threatening phone calls to Jewish institutions in January and February. Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in Saint Louis, Mo. A Justice Department press release alleges that he made the calls as part of an effort to harass and incriminate a woman with whom… Read More

Arrests Made in Bomb Threats, ADL Says

An arrest has been made in connection with the wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Forward. This morning, the Forward identified the man arrested as Juan Thompson and reported that he made threatening calls to Jewish institutions as part of an attempt to harass and incriminate his ex-girlfriend. The… Read More

Exhaustive New Volume Chronicles Chabad Rebbe’s ‘Early Years’

It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story of the formative years of the late Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, spiritual leader of Chabad-Lubavitch. And it’s a story that, until now, has scarcely been told. While… Read More

Focus on Middle East at JCPA

There were two Steve Bannons at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs gathering in Washington this week. At one session, the presidential adviser was the man seeking the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Bannon put it last week. At a session an hour later, Bannon was a man of the people who “has been… Read More

Sanders Brings Down the House at J Street 'Occupation runs counter to fundamental American values'

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a hero’s welcome at the J Street conference in Washington today for a speech that suggested that the way forward for the left is to double down on progressive values. Toward the end of a wide-ranging address that touched on President Donald Trump, the Iraq War and climate change,… Read More