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Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Israelis gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the embattled Israeli leader despite a strict new lockdown order.

Everything is Copy: It truly is never too late to change

A year ago, cracked open by grief, I walked into Temple Beth Shalom to attend Rosh Hashanah services for the first time. I am Jewish only by lineage; sorrow had led me to seek solace anywhere I might find it.

Parkland shooting victim’s dad joins Trump for Hanukkah

The father of a Florida school shooting victim helped the White House celebrate Hanukkah on Thursday and lauded President Donald Trump as a “fighter” who has “retaken Washington for the American people.”

Review: ‘Menashe’ looks, with tenderness and equanimity, at a Hasidic community in Brooklyn

In “Menashe,” filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein turns his camera on a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, using non-actors to create a tender portrait of family. In addition to the fascinating everyday details of these characters’ lives, at the film’s moving core is a loving father who is struggling to negotiate the gap between community expectations and self-determination.

Israeli lawmakers reach out to US Jews on anti-Semitism

A group of lawmakers representing a cross-section of Israel’s political spectrum is reaching out to American Jews at a time when anxiety over anti-Semitic activity is running high in both countries, and amid uncertainty over the direction of U.S. policy toward the Jewish state under President Donald Trump.

Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery

Dozens of volunteers from various faiths helped clean up a Jewish cemetery on Tuesday after scores of tombstones were toppled by vandals, as people from as far as Boston came to Philadelphia to rake leaves, help document the damage and pray for peace.

Leah Grisafi: I shunned my upbringing and Jewish faith, until literature opened my eyes

As a child, I didn’t notice that I was raised in an unorthodox setting. I was given love, affection and attention; I never went hungry and always had clean clothes to wear. So, when I was taunted for being the only little girl not being raised by her mother and father, for living with an elderly set of grandparents, and Jews at that – I really had no idea why they laughed. Why they pointed, why they jeered. “Why don’t you celebrate Christmas? Why do you smell like garlic all the time? Why are those clouds in your soup?” (Of course, they were referring to the matzo ball soup my grandmother made me for lunch).

Authorities say hate motivated Kansas shooting

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Prosecutors have enough evidence to pursue hate-crime charges in the shooting spree that killed three people at a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City, authorities said Monday, a day after the attack.

Hanukkah festivities begin with candle lighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression. In Israel, families gathered after sundown for the lighting, eating traditional snacks of potato pancakes and doughnuts and exchanging gifts.

NYC synagogue bomb plot suspect pleads guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to rare state-level charges that he plotted to blow up city synagogues, saying he had wanted to "send a message of intimidation" to the city's Jewish community. Ahmed Ferhani, 27, was one of two men arrested in a May 2011 weapons-buying sting. Authorities called him a home-grown terrorist out to avenge abuse of Muslims around the world.

NYC, rabbis clash over circumcision ritual

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of rabbis is clashing with New York City health officials over the safety of an ancient circumcision ritual. Three rabbis and three Jewish groups asked a federal court Thursday to block enforcement of a new regulation requiring written parental consent for a rite called "metzitzah b'peh," in Hebrew, which city health experts said can spread infection and has killed two children since 2004.

NYC man gets 40 years to life for dismembering boy

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City hardware store clerk who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, killing and dismembering a lost little boy was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to life in prison. Levi Aron had pleaded guilty this month to lesser charges in a deal that spared him a criminal trial and the possibility of life in prison without parole. When asked Wednesday if he wanted to speak at his sentencing hearing, the 37-year old whispered "no." He will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

With Passover meal, Jews celebrate freedom

Congregations from throughout the Inland Northwest join Jews around the world this week in the annual celebration of freedom known as Passover. About 60 people were preparing Monday to participate in a Seder – the traditional feast at sundown that celebrates the exodus from Egypt – at the Chabad of Spokane, 4116 E. 37th Ave., said Rabbi Yisroel Hahn, director of the traditional Jewish congregation on the South Hill.

Rabbi recruits

An hour before the newspaper interview, Rabbi Mendy Singer and Rabbi Mendel Dalfin e-mail the protocol for shaking hands: They do not shake the hand of any woman, even if the woman doing the interview is old enough to be their mother. They meet for the interview at a Starbucks on Spokane’s South Hill. They have been in town for two weeks as part of the Chabad Rabbinical Visitation Program, a program designed to introduce “unaffiliated” Jews with the history and rituals of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, a branch of Hasidic Judaism.