• Baton Rouge Flood of August 2016

    FIRST PERSON: Baton Rouge – A call to action

    By BRIAN SEYMOUR

    (Editor’s Note: This past Wednesday,  August 24, The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Emergency Committee chair, Brian Seymour and JFNA senior vice president for Public Policy William Daroff met with volunteers in Baton Rouge. They presented $112,000 towards disaster relief in the area, the first installment from the Federation’s Baton Rouge flood relief fund.

    The two men met, and were briefed by local Jewish community leaders. They also visited the flooded home of Ellen Sager, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, and other destroyed or damaged homes in partnership with the Jewish...
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  • NOLA mobilizes to extend hands of charity to Baton Rouge

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    By ALAN SMASON

    The Jewish community of New Orleans has extended its heart to families in Baton Rouge and other areas hit hard by the flooding associated with torrential rains last Friday. While the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Jewish Endowment Fund of Louisiana (JEF), the Jewish Children’s...
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    For ‘Jewish Valentine’s Day,’ meet 5 couples who found love on Israel trips

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    By GABE FRIEDMAN

    (JTA) — In the two-part finale of the third season of “Broad City,” the show’s main characters, Abbi and Ilana, embark on a “Birthmark” trip — a thinly veiled allusion to the famed Birthright Israel trip that sends Jews aged 18 to 26 on free 10-day trips...
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Current News

FEMA urges renters to seek aid, loans

Louisiana renters who experienced losses due to the severe storms and flooding may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Renters may be eligible for grants from...
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Jewish Israeli BDS activist requests political asylum in Canada

TORONTO (JTA) — An Israeli activist who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel has claimed refugee status in Canada.

Gilad Paz, 34, landed at Montreal International Airport on Aug. 11 after traveling from Tel Aviv and requested...
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300 Orthodox rabbis urge reporting of child sex abuse

(JTA) — Three hundred Orthodox rabbis have signed a proclamation urging those suspecting child sex abuse to notify secular authorities and calling on Jewish institutions to take preventative measures to prevent abuse.

The letter, which was released Thursday and signed...
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Breaking News

Jewish groups mobilize in Baton Rouge to aid flood victims

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — At midnight on Aug. 13, the floodwaters began to flow into Ellen Sager’s Baton Rouge home.

Her husband grabbed some important family documents, then the couple gathered some snacks and headed to a room on...
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Opinions & Voices

OP-ED: On World Humanitarian Day, Jews don’t have to choose between ‘us’ and ‘them’

By ALAN H. GILL

NEW YORK (JTA) — Earlier this week, a tiny but thriving Jewish community in the Balkans – the 250-person remnant of a majority Sephardic community nearly decimated by the Holocaust – reached out to its neighbors...
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