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Philissa Cramer

Philissa Cramer

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In Israel and beyond, Purim revelry tempered by trauma, thoughts of hostages

The usually festive Jewish holiday celebrates an ancient victory over a threatened genocide, but takes a different shape this year in the shadow of...

25.03.2024 30

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How Israeli hostages in Gaza wound up on display outside an Academy Awards afterparty

Video featuring Israelis held hostage by Hamas since October 7 screened on building adjacent to Vanity Fair event, one of the award show’s glitziest...

11.03.2024 70

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Two Matisyahu concerts canceled amid outcry from pro-Palestinian protesters

Jewish singer, who has been vocal in his support for Israel since beginning of war, criticizes venues for caving into ‘antisemitic’...

16.02.2024 40

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At Grammys, Montana Tucker highlights Hamas hostages with large yellow ribbon

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. commemorates the 360 people massacred at the Supernova music festival on October 7: ‘Music must be our...

05.02.2024 50

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Hundreds of US synagogues receive bomb threats as spree continues despite arrests

Security network tracks 199 threats this weekend, with nearly 100 in California, 62 in Arizona; synagogues in at least 17 states plus Washington...

18.12.2023 50

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Jewish Federations chair Julie Platt helms Penn’s board amid leadership transition

The Penn graduate says even the presence of a seasoned Jewish leader in a senior university board position is not sufficient to address antisemitism...

12.12.2023 40

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At NY ceremony, majority of National Book Awards finalists call for Gaza ceasefire

Jewish sponsor backs out of event over statement signed by 20 of the 25 nominees for the prestigious literary prizes

17.11.2023 30

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Ethiopian Israelis mark muted Sigd, as holiday overshadowed by war

Traditional Jerusalem ceremony overlooking city limited, with many instead celebrating holiday at absorption center in north where members of...

14.11.2023 30

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Melbourne synagogue evacuated on Shabbat as pro-Palestinian rally held nearby

Synagogue’s president and rabbi say police, security team told worshipers to leave mid-service; clashes between Palestinian supporters, pro-Israel...

13.11.2023 30

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Jewish musicians want Jewish Israel critics to stop singing their songs at protests

Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Shoshana Jedwab are among artists who don’t want anti-Zionist groups, such as IfNotNow, using their works in wake of...

10.11.2023 10

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85 years after Kristallnacht, Holocaust survivors say antisemitism now similar to then

Those who survived genocide compare global spike in antisemitic incidents following Oct. 7 Hamas onslaught to Nazi discrimination of Jews: ‘This is...

10.11.2023 20

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Outcry as German ‘Anne Frank’ daycare plans rename as kids indifferent to her story

A German daycare center named after Anne Frank intends to rename itself, alleging that children have a hard time understanding the message behind the...

06.11.2023 10

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Iranian president expected to attend summit in Saudi Arabia on Israel-Hamas war

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is expected to attend a summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday addressing the Israel-Hamas...

06.11.2023 10

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A month into the war, American Jewry marks a traditional milestone of mourning

JTA — A wide array of events and experiences are planned in the United States to mark 30 days since the October 7 massacre in which Gazan terrorists...

06.11.2023 10

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New Facebook group Mothers Against College Antisemitism has 43K members and counting

JTA — As Elizabeth Rand watched an unnerving number of incidents pile up this month at colleges where her son was considering applying, she felt...

05.11.2023 100

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Police in European countries arrest suspects in terror plots tied to Israel-Hamas war

JTA — Police in at least three European countries have arrested people they said were threatening or planning terror attacks related to the...

02.11.2023 40

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US rabbinical students, in Israel for the year, weigh whether to stay and how to help

JTA — Wade Melnick understood that something was truly amiss when he saw a car driving through the Haredi, or ultra- Orthodox, Israeli town where he...

11.10.2023 40

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US Postal Service releases stamp of liberal Jewish icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg

JTA — The United States Postal Service has released a new series of Forever stamps honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late Jewish Supreme Court...

02.10.2023 10

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Peruvian cops nab man suspected of making bomb threats to US synagogues

JTA — Authorities in Peru have arrested a 33-year-old man who the FBI has charged with making a string of bomb threats targeting US Jewish...

28.09.2023 10

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Moroccan Jews reportedly all safe in devastating quake that has killed over 2,800

JTA — Jews and Jewish sites appear to have largely been spared following the devastating earthquake that struck Morocco late Friday, killing over...

12.09.2023 40

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