Jewish allies join celebration of transfer of Shellmound to Ohlone
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by Frances Dinkelspiel
1d ago
A version of this article first appeared in Berkeleyside and is reprinted with permission. Hundreds of people gathered at the West Berkeley Shellmound on Saturday evening to celebrate the transfer of the old Spenger’s parking lot to the stewardship of local Indigenous people, whose ancestors first settled there 5,000 years ago.  Unlike at many Berkeley events, this one did not open with a land acknowledgment about participants standing on the “ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo-speaking Ohlone people.” The Berkeley City Council has started its meetings with that stateme ..read more
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S.F. Jewish Film Festival: Sci-fi documentary ‘Lyd’ tells two histories of the city of Lod
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by David A.M. Wilensky
1d ago
J. is a media sponsor of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. See full coverage here. American science fiction is largely about taming the frontier or the implications of new technologies. But Israeli sci-fi is often about roads not taken, alternate histories, other Israels that are or once were just around the corner. “Lyd,” playing this month at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, is far more a Palestinian film than an Israeli one, but it certainly fits that pattern. The film — equal parts real-world documentary and alt-history reverie — is codirected by Rami Younis, a Palestinia ..read more
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OPINION | What to do when you see hate graffiti in the Bay Area
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by Nancy Appel and Rafael Brinner
1d ago
“Kill the Jews” scrawled on a wall in Noe Valley. “Zionism Kills” painted on highway signs in Oakland. Since Oct. 7, too many of us have encountered antisemitic, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist graffiti and vandalism in our communities, compounding our collective trauma and undermining our sense of security and belonging. Over Father’s Day weekend, vandals painted a Palestinian flag over an entire flight of stairs at San Francisco’s Alta Plaza Park and accused Israel of murdering fathers in huge letters on the pavement below. The graffiti was painful for anyone with affinity for Israel to see. On ..read more
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Short on students, Reform seminary starts remote rabbinic program
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by Louis Keene
1d ago
This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward’s free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, the flagship rabbinical school of Reform Judaism, will allow students to pursue ordination remotely, the school announced Tuesday, part of a program overhaul that aims to reverse plummeting enrollment. Beginning in 2025, HUC will offer two ordination tracks — one based at its New York and Los Angeles campuses, the other virtual — with the virtual cohort taking fewer courses per term and meeting year-round. The sch ..read more
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Jews barred from adoption are face of anti-Project 2025 campaign
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by Jackie Hajdenberg
1d ago
(JTA) — A Jewish couple barred from adopting a child due to their religion are the face of a prominent new campaign to defend the separation of church and state. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have made Gabe and Liz Rutan-Ram’s case the centerpiece of their critique of Project 2025, a presidential transition blueprint drawn up by conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation that has garnered intense criticism in recent weeks. One of the policy proposals supported by Project 2025 is the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would allow adoption and foster care ..read more
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Jewish politician leads prayer for hostages at Republican convention
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by Ron Kampeas
1d ago
(JTA) — MILWAUKEE — “Beautiful prayer!” the woman shouted out from the floor of the massive Fiserv Forum. The delegate to Donald Trump’s coronation was responding to a benediction led by Leora Levy, a Jewish Republican from Connecticut, to close out the first day of this year’s Republican Party convention. Levy’s comments included one of the rare mentions of Israel on the convention’s first day, as she led a hushed and somber crowd in praying for the release of hostages abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7. “O Lord our God, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, your eternal city, and for all the children ..read more
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What a J.D. Vance vice presidency would mean for Jews and Israel
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by Jacob Kornbluh
2d ago
This story was originally published in the Forward. Click here to get the Forward’s free email newsletters delivered to your inbox. J. D. Vance will be the running mate of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee announced on Monday. The choice came 45 hours after a gunman tried to assassinate Trump at a campaign rally Saturday, and on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.  Trump in recent weeks said he was looking for a running mate who could help get him elected and “do a fantastic job as president” following what would be his second four ..read more
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Survey of four UCs breaks down anti-Jewish and anti-Israel bias
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by Emma Goss
2d ago
Do Jews talk too much about the Holocaust? Do American Jews hold too much power? Are Israeli leaders sincere about their pursuit of peace? A survey of undergraduates at four University of California campuses, “Attitudes Toward Jews and Israel on California Campuses,” sought to measure responses to explicitly anti-Jewish and anti-Israel messages.  Commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League and released July 11, the survey found overall that “anti-Jewish attitudes are present and sometimes strongly so. Anti-Israel attitudes are much stronger.” It also showed that students develop increasing ..read more
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OPINION | UC Davis talks up free speech while ignoring Jewish voices
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by Leah Hibel
2d ago
While critics continue to lambast college campuses for not upholding the tenants of free speech, leadership at UC Davis has stated multiple times that the university cannot and will not discipline members of our community for speech protected by the First Amendment. However, as a professor at UC Davis my experiences continue to show that free speech is being stifled rather than encouraged.  For more than six weeks, our campus center was occupied 24/7 by a pro-Palestine/anti-Israel encampment. Camping is prohibited on campus, yet the encampment remained, taking up much of the public campus ..read more
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Jewish organizations alarmed by GOP’s mass deportation plan
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by Ron Kampeas
2d ago
(JTA) — MILWAUKEE — Three Jewish organizations dealing with immigration and community relations said they were alarmed by the Republican Party’s plans to launch mass deportations, saying they are steeped in a racist conspiracy theory that at times has veered into antisemitism. The Republican platform, published last week, pledges to “carry out the largest deportation operation in American history.” “President Trump and Republicans will reverse the Democrats’ destructive Open Borders Policies that have allowed criminal gangs and Illegal Aliens from around the World to roam the United State ..read more
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