California Jewish lawmakers are calling for revisions to a proposed state ethnic studies curriculum that they said promotes antisemitic stereotypes and unfairly criticizes Israel, according to a letterthey sent to the Department of Education last month.
The letter was sent by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus to Soomin Chao, chair of the commission that oversees the implementation of the state’s first high school Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.
The lawmakers said the proposed curriculum “erases the American Jewish experience, fails to discuss antisemitism, reinforces negative stereotypes about Jews, singles out Israel…
A photo of Lori Gilbert-Kaye at the Chabad of Poway, Calif., May 3, 2019. (Gabrielle Birkner)
(JTA) — The Chabad of Poway synagogue dedicated a new Torah scroll in honor of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in a shooting attack last month at the San Diego-area synagogue.
The ceremony took place Wednesday night marking the end of the sloshim, or first 30-day mourning period, and the night of Lag b’Omer, when a period of semi-mourning for the Jewish community ends.
Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein filled in one of the…
Police vehicles gather around the synagogue where a shooting took place in Poway, Calif., April 27, 2019. A suspect has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, authorities said. (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
(JTA) — Two senators have introduced bi-partisan legislation to give funds to synagogues, and other religious and cultural institution to help provide additional security against potential terrorist attacks.
U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich, on Friday introduced Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act, or S. 1539, to authorize $75 million annually…
John T. Earnest stands at his arraignment hearing in San Diego County Superior Court in San Diego, Calif., April 30, 2019. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/Pool/Getty Images)
(JTA) — The accused gunman in the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.
John T. Earnest appeared in federal court in San Diego on Tuesday. He was shackled at his wrists and ankles while in court.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announcing 109 hate crime and other charges against Earnest. The charges against Earnest also include…