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News and updates about California

After being placed on leave:

University president who agreed to boycott Israel retires

Sonoma State University President announces his retirement, just days after being placed on administrative leave for making concessions to anti-Israel student groups on campus.

University president who agreed to boycott Israel retires

California county examining death row cases for discrimination

Jews were excluded from California county’s death penalty juries for decades, new evidence reveals.

California county examining death row cases for discrimination

California:

Richmond city council votes to divest from Israel

In a 5-to-1 vote, the city council of Richmond in California votes to divest from companies doing business in Israel.

Richmond city council votes to divest from Israel

'We'll see you at you house'

Anti-Israel activist threatens to murder Calif. city council

Anti-Israel activist arrested, faces felony charges after making death threats at city council meeting in Bakersfield, California. 'I hope that one day, somebody brings the guillotine and kills all of you.'

Anti-Israel activist threatens to murder Calif. city council

Six years after arrest:

Neo-Nazi stands trial for murder

After many delays, Sam Woodward, member of a Neo-Nazi group who was arrested in 2018, will stand trial in southern California for murdering his Jewish classmate

Neo-Nazi stands trial for murder

Israeli couple killed in California plane crash

High-tech entrepreneur and his wife die when small plane crashed near Nevada state border.

Israeli couple killed in California plane crash

UC Berkeley to monitor anti-Israel protest

Ending his sit-in, UC Berkeley professor says campus response to antisemitism has improved.

UC Berkeley to monitor anti-Israel protest

ISA:

Be careful not to publish Yair Netanyahu's location

The Jewish Department of the ISA contacted an activist in California to tell him not to publish details of the location of the family of the Prime Minister.

Be careful not to publish Yair Netanyahu's location

Orthodox Jewish dentist shot dead near San Diego

Orthodox Jewish dentist killed and two others injured in a shooting in El Cajon, California. The suspect, Mohammed Abdulkareem, was reportedly a former patient. Motive still being investigated.

Orthodox Jewish dentist shot dead near San Diego

Los Angeles university campus sold to Jewish school

American Jewish University completes deal to sell its Los Angeles campus to nearby Jewish school.

Los Angeles university campus sold to Jewish school

San Diego university investigated on claims of 'Islamophobia'

San Diego State U sent an email supporting students after Oct. 7. It’s now being investigated for Islamophobia.

San Diego university investigated on claims of 'Islamophobia'

Los Angeles:

Conservative synagogue moves services due to anti-Israel protest

Prominent LA Conservative synagogue relocates Shabbat services due to planned pro-Palestinian protest.

Conservative synagogue moves services due to anti-Israel protest

Oakland, Ca. teachers stage 'teach-in' to vilify Israel

100 teachers hold event presenting Palestinian side to children as fact in wake of October 7 massacre.

Oakland, Ca. teachers stage 'teach-in' to vilify Israel

California: Elderly man injured in antisemitic attack

Police arrest 44-year-old suspect after he attacks elderly Jewish man on his way to synagogue.

California: Elderly man injured in antisemitic attack

California:

Employees who harassed Jewish woman at coffee shop dismissed

The employees were filmed blocking a Jewish woman from a bathroom at the shop while making anti-Israel comments.

Employees who harassed Jewish woman at coffee shop dismissed

Jewish woman harassed in California coffee shop

A woman was denied entrance to a restroom when she complained it was covered in antisemitic graffiti.

Jewish woman harassed in California coffee shop

Witness:

Attacker stalked elderly Jewish man before killing him in LA

Friend of 69-year-old Jewish man who was murdered at an anti-Israel protest says attacker was watching them, targeted the shorter man.

Attacker stalked elderly Jewish man before killing him in LA

Jewish philanthropist announces run for mayor of San Francisco

Daniel Lurie, Jewish Levi Strauss heir and philanthropist, is running for San Francisco mayor.

Jewish philanthropist announces run for mayor of San Francisco

California:

County rescinds creation of 'American Christian Heritage Month'

A California county calls off ‘American Christian Heritage Month’ after fierce backlash.

County rescinds creation of 'American Christian Heritage Month'

California curriculum:

Orange County district may have violated law

Lawsuit alleges California school district illegally approved ‘antisemitic’ ethnic studies curriculum.

Orange County district may have violated law

California law could make parents lose LGBT children

A new bill in California would allow the government to remove children from parents who do not affirm the child's gender choice.

California law could make parents lose LGBT children

California:

Police searching for suspect who broke into Bakersfield Chabad

The burglary took place on August 28. Objects including jewelry and electronic devices stolen, but Torah scrolls untouched.

Police searching for suspect who broke into Bakersfield Chabad

California:

Education Board demands ethnic studies to avoid 'bias & bigotry'

California Jewish groups, on guard against antisemitism, welcome state’s mandate that ethnic studies classes avoid ‘bigotry.’

Education Board demands ethnic studies to avoid 'bias & bigotry'

California: Two synagogues evacuated during Sabbath livestream

2 synagogues evacuated during livestreamed Shabbat services as wave of bomb threats enters 4th week.

California: Two synagogues evacuated during Sabbath livestream

Kosher baker rejects synagogue’s order for 'pride' treats

Kosher baker experiences boycotts, 'obnoxious' visits after refusing to create 'pride' treats for synagogue.

Kosher baker rejects synagogue’s order for 'pride' treats

Months after going missing:

British actor Julian Sands found dead

San Bernardino County Sheriff confirms human remains found were those of the actor who went missing in Southern California in January.

British actor Julian Sands found dead

Plan to sell American Jewish University LA campus falls through

$65M deal to sell American Jewish University’s LA campus collapses, throwing school’s finances into question.

Plan to sell American Jewish University LA campus falls through

Stanford panel to support university's Jewish community

Advisory committee will make recommendations to improve campus Jewish life.

Stanford panel to support university's Jewish community

California:

School district removes Nazi symbols from ‘The Sound of Music’

Move to erase Nazi imagery from famous musical about pre-WWII Austria met with mixed reaction from parents.

School district removes Nazi symbols from ‘The Sound of Music’

Lincoln Club of Orange County:

US has same issues as Israel with media bias, judicial system

Lincoln Club of Orange County visits Israel National News to discuss American and Israeli politics and business ties.

US has same issues as Israel with media bias, judicial system

ADL warns of growing antisemitism in California

ADL report finds California is home to dangerous levels of antisemitism, second only to New York.

ADL warns of growing antisemitism in California

Watch: California man saves baby from rolling into busy street

Former homeless man leaving job interview at restaurant manages to save baby in stroller rushing towards busy street.

Watch: California man saves baby from rolling into busy street

Antisemitic flyers left on cars in Bay Area city

Hate pamphlets found in Saratoga contain antisemitic rant about Jewish culture.

Antisemitic flyers left on cars in Bay Area city

UC Santa Barbara student senate calls to observe EndJewHatredDay

Resolution to address antisemitism comes after multiple troubling anti-Jewish incidents occurred on campus in January.

UC Santa Barbara student senate calls to observe EndJewHatredDay

California elementary school defaced with antisemitic graffiti

Vandalism includes several swastikas, antisemitic and racial slurs, and death threats directed at specific students.

California elementary school defaced with antisemitic graffiti

Hatzolah of LA vehicle’s windshield and other windows smashed

Vandalism to Jewish medical service organization's SUV caught on security video, police searching for suspect.

Hatzolah of LA vehicle’s windshield and other windows smashed

California:

City to pay man $750K after cops paint swastika in his car

City of Torrance settles lawsuit with man who was targeted with swastika by two police officers after being detained in mail theft case.

City to pay man $750K after cops paint swastika in his car

California:

Jewish parents sue to gain access to special needs funding

Jewish parents unable to send children to Orthodox schools due to law forbidding special needs funding in private religious schools.

Jewish parents sue to gain access to special needs funding

Biden, California Gov. discuss Silicon Valley Bank collapse

US President speaks to California Governor Gavin Newsom after Silicon Valley Bank shut down by financial regulators.

Biden, California Gov. discuss Silicon Valley Bank collapse

Jewish actor Ben Savage to run for Congress in California

'Boy Meets World' star hoping to win seat California currently held by Rep. Adam Schiff.

Jewish actor Ben Savage to run for Congress in California

RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan attends 16th parole hearing

Robert F. Kennedy's murderer to ask parole board to be let out of prison for 16th time, after previous release was overturned by governor.

RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan attends 16th parole hearing

At the end of 2024:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein to retire from Congress

Democrat from California will retire after three decades in the Senate and over 50 years in public office.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein to retire from Congress

More antisemitic ‘Goyim Defense League’ flyers appear in US

Disturbing antisemitic conspiracy pamphlets distributed in Northern California and Oklahoma City, with Jewish residents targeted.

More antisemitic ‘Goyim Defense League’ flyers appear in US

Antisemitic vandals target UC Santa Barbara two days in a row

Antisemitic statements on a chalkboard in an Israeli politics class followed by hundreds of antisemitic flyers at California university.

Antisemitic vandals target UC Santa Barbara two days in a row

Pasadena, California:

Dozens of antisemitic flyers found on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Residents describe long stretch of residential street covered in antisemitic flyers attributed to notorious hate group.

Dozens of antisemitic flyers found on Holocaust Remembrance Day

California antisemitism billboard vandalized by antisemites

Vandalism of billboard calling out anti-Zionism as Jew hatred leads to hate crime investigation by Berkeley police.

California antisemitism billboard vandalized by antisemites

Seven dead in two shootings in northern California

Seven killed in two shootings in Half Moon Bay. One suspect in custody.

Seven dead in two shootings in northern California

California:

Death toll in Monterey Park shooting rises to 11

Police continue searching the home of the shooter, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound 12 hours after the massacre.

Death toll in Monterey Park shooting rises to 11

California:

Police confirm mass shooter shot and killed himself

California police earlier broke into the van of the shooter, who killed 10 people at a dance club, after a lengthy standoff.

Police confirm mass shooter shot and killed himself

Mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, dozens of victims

Reports of dozens injured, mass casualties as residents gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Mass shooting in Monterey Park, California, dozens of victims

British actor Julian Sands missing in California mountains

Sands, 65, was first reported missing Friday on a trail on Mt. Baldy. Search and rescue crews continue looking for him.

British actor Julian Sands missing in California mountains

Los Angeles:

School experiences 4th antisemitic incident since start of year

Harvard-Westlake School condemns latest incident in which a swastika was found carved into a desk, reveals other recent similar incidents.

School experiences 4th antisemitic incident since start of year

Watch: Giant sinkhole swallows cars in California

The storm is threatening some of California's best-known neighborhoods, with massive landslides and flooding within reach of 33 mil people.

Watch: Giant sinkhole swallows cars in California

Blaze damages historic section of Disneyland

Fire rips through 'old Frontierland' section of theme park, significantly damaging New Orleans Railroad Station building.

Blaze damages historic section of Disneyland

California town targeted with antisemitic flyers during Hanukkah

Modesto residents near city's only synagogue discover antisemitic flyers on their driveways on third day of Hanukkah.

California town targeted with antisemitic flyers during Hanukkah

Hate Crime in California:

SF man assaulted by skateboarder asking if he is Jewish

Jewish man beaten with skateboard in hate crime after being asked if he is Jewish.

SF man assaulted by skateboarder asking if he is Jewish

Major earthquake rocks parts of Northern California

Massive 6.4-magnitude quake shakes northern area of state, causing damage to homes and businesses.

Major earthquake rocks parts of Northern California

US federal complaint:

‘Deep-seated antisemitic discrimination’ at Berkeley Law School

California law school hit with federal complaint for not addressing 14 student groups banning Zionist speakers from campus.

‘Deep-seated antisemitic discrimination’ at Berkeley Law School

Sheriff recruits run over in Calif, 11 in critical condition

SUV mows down Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits in Whittier, California.

Sheriff recruits run over in Calif, 11 in critical condition

Republicans closer to majority in House of Representatives

AP projects Rep. Ken Calvert will win in California's 41st congressional district, giving the party 217 seats.

Republicans closer to majority in House of Representatives