Judaism

April 09, 2019 - 7:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community. The city took the unusual step amid a surge of 285 measles cases in the city since September, most in one...
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A woman, right, who identified herself as Ester, passes a group of boys, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. Ester says that she does not believe that the measles vaccination is safe. The city health department ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak. In issuing the order, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg that does not comply will face fines and possible closure.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 09, 2019 - 7:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines, reviving a public-health strategy that experts say hasn't been used in the U.S. in recent memory. The emergency order came as the city...
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Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz gestures as he speaks during an election campaign rally to his supporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
April 09, 2019 - 1:49 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — It's a crowded field in Israel's elections as over 40 parties are slugging it out on Tuesday for seats in the country's parliament. There is the right-wing flagship, centrist newcomers, ultra-Orthodox parties, Arab parties and fringe movements. But only a handful will win the...
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April 08, 2019 - 6:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Health Department has ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak. In issuing the order Monday, the health department said that any yeshiva in Williamsburg...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 25, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump smiles at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, after signing a proclamation in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington. Trump isn't on the ballot for Israel's national election, yet he's a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of balloting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 06, 2019 - 4:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump isn't on the ballot for Israel's national election, yet he's a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of Tuesday's balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times but...
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An Orthodox Jewish man walks through the parking lot of a supermarket, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Spring Valley, N.Y. Rockland County in New York City's northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against unvaccinated children in public places wakes their parents to the seriousness of the problem. Rockland's outbreak has most heavily affected Orthodox Jewish communities, in which vaccination rates tend to be lower. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
March 26, 2019 - 9:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A county in New York City's northern suburbs declared a state of emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak that has infected more than 150 people since last fall, hoping a ban against unvaccinated children in public places wakes their parents to the seriousness of the problem. "...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, visitors stand outside the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, R.I., the oldest existing Jewish house of worship in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday, March 18, 2019, not to take up the case over control of the synagogue, which means a lower court ruling that a New York synagogue has ownership, stays in place. (AP Photo/Eric J. Shelton, File)
March 18, 2019 - 11:54 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation. The...
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FILE - In this Sunday, July 10, 2011 file photo, in a sign of mourning, participants place pebbles on a monument to honour the hundreds of Jews murdered by their Polish neighbours during state and religious ceremony marking 70 years since the World War II massacre in Jedwabne, Poland. The Polish government says it is considering carrying out exhumations at a World War II-era site where Jews were burned alive in a barn by their Polish neighbors, something which would violate Jewish religious law. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
March 06, 2019 - 2:56 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government is reconsidering whether to exhume human remains at a World War II-era site where Jews were burned alive by Polish neighbors, though the country's chief rabbi says the work would violate Judaism's prohibition on disinterment under most circumstances...
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March 05, 2019 - 7:23 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story March 4 about Pope Francis opening Vatican archival documents on World War II-era Pope Pius XII to researchers, The Associated Press incorrectly cited the year Rabbi Arthur Schneier started leading a New York synagogue. Schneier has been senior rabbi of Park East...
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A swastika is seen on a the door of a former synagogue in Mommenheim, eastern France, Monday; March 4, 2019. Vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a former synagogue in eastern France, the latest in a string of such incidents that have caused nationwide concern. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
March 04, 2019 - 8:32 am
MOMMENHEIM, France (AP) — Vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a former synagogue in eastern France, the latest in a string of incidents that have caused nationwide concern. Swastikas were discovered Monday on the door and facade of a building in the town of Mommenheim that formerly held...
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