News Briefs, the Week of June 29, 2017


Support for Israel Among U.S. Jewish College Students Declines 27 Percent

A study released by the Brand Israel Group at an Israeli conference showed that support for Israel among Jewish college students in the United States has dropped 27 percent since 2010, The Jerusalem Post reported.

In 2010, 84 percent of U.S. Jewish college students supported the Israeli side in the conflict with Palestinians, but that dropped to just 57 percent in 2016.

“They believe Israel falls short with regard to values such as human rights, tolerance and diversity,” the paper said.

The number of Jewish college students supportive of the Palestinians climbed from 11 percent to 13 percent.

Support for Israel also declined in the general population — from 73 percent in 2010 to 54 percent in 2016.

Study: Just 21 Percent of Non-Haredi American Jews Ages 25 to 54 Married to Jews

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) released a study that showed that among non-Haredi American Jews between the ages of 25 and 54 just 21 percent are married to Jews.

Of the remainder, 50 percent are not married, while 29 percent are intermarried.

The intermarriage rate is highest among those ages 25 to 29 at 60 percent.

“Considerable disturbing evidence points to deeply challenging trends in America’s Jewish families — late marriage, intermarriage, reduced child-bearing and non-Jewish child-rearing,” the study’s abstract begins.

Interfaith Vigil Honors Murdered Muslim Teen

An interfaith vigil was held in honor of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim teen who was murdered in Virginia, on June 21 in Rittenhouse Square.

People of all faiths gathered for moments of prayer and silence. Jews recited the Mourner’s Kaddish, while Muslims kneeled on blankets in the grass saying the Maghrib prayer.

An iftar, the meal eaten after sunset during Ramadan, followed.

Rabbi Yosef Goldman from Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel helped plan the vigil along with Raquel Saraswati.

Gal Gadot Ranks as Most Popular Actor on Social Media

Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who stars as the title character in the box office smash Wonder Woman, ranks first on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actor chart, the publication reported.

The chart ranks the most popular actors based on related activity on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

Gadot had ranked fourth the previous two weeks, but unseated Indian actress Priyanka Chopra in the week ending June 20.

Delaware Professor Who Criticized Jewish College Student Detained in North Korea Won’t Be Rehired

University of Delaware Adjunct Professor Katherine Dettwyler, who said Jewish college student Otto Warmbier — who died after being detained in North Korea for more than a year — “got exactly what he deserved” won’t be rehired, the school said in a statement, according to The News Journal.

Dettwyler taught anthropology in the spring semester. She had made her comments about Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, on Facebook and in the comments section of an article on the National Review website.

Warmbier was arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for taking a propaganda poster from a hotel. At some point, he suffered a neurological injury and went into a coma. He was returned to the United States in that condition, dying June 18.


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