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

J Street in the Age of Trump

The 3,500 Jews from across North America who descended on Washington last weekend for J Street’s annual policy conference arrived to tell a new president and Congress that the prospect of a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians should not be abandoned. “Political muscle” was the phrase used by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami… Read More

Owings Mills JCC, Md. Day Schools Receive Non-Credible Bomb Threats

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, along with 22 other JCCs and eight Jewish day schools in 16 states, received a bomb threat on Monday, which proved to be “noncredible.” The Owings Mills JCC received the phone threat around 10 a.m., and after consultation and an extensive sweep of the building, it was determined that an… Read More

Vandalism at Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery Stirs Fears of Anti-Semitism

Less than a week after vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, knocking over 154 headstones and causing considerable damage, the same thing has happened in Philadelphia. Early Sunday, reports surfaced that more than 100 headstones had been overturned at Mount Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming section in Northeast Philadelphia. Police were dispatched to… Read More

Well-Connected Day School Teacher Suspected of Sexual Abuse in Pittsburgh

After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents of child sexual abuse. According to police, Rabbi Nisson Friedman, 26, who is well connected in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and is the son of an influential Minnesota-based rabbi,… Read More