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 By Ben Sales    News    August 11, 2017 

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: 'There may be no solution'

NEW YORK (JTA)-If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace-as his father-in-law Donald Trump said-he comes off as a reluctant savior. In a speech delivered Monday to a group...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 11, 2017 

Why more Israelis are moving to the U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA)-Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabi...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 4, 2017

American Jews vs. American Muslims: How do they compare?

NEW YORK (JTA)-Since it came out in 2013, the "Pew study"-a landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practices-has been at the center of American Jewish scrutiny and handwringing....

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 4, 2017

Soon there will only be one Judaica store left in Manhattan

NEW YORK (JTA)-Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughter's wedding. When they would come in to Seltzer's...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 28, 2017

The billionaire who founded Birthright has a private zoo

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (JTA)-When Michael Steinhardt strolls around his 55-acre backyard for 90 minutes every morning, one of his favorite animals to see is the scimitar-horned oryx, whose antlers sweep...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 21, 2017

Chief rabbinate says list of rabbis is not a blacklist

(JTA)-The Israeli chief rabbinate says that its list of foreign rabbis has been misconstrued, and that the list does not imply that those rabbis cannot be trusted to vouch for the Jewish identities...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 14, 2017

Israel is losing support among minorities and millennials

(JTA)-What do you think of when you think of Italy? Maybe you picture beautiful works of art set against rolling Tuscan hills. Maybe a steaming plate of spaghetti topped with  marinara sauce served...

 

Israeli conversion bill delayed 6 months 

(JTA)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement-here's how

(JTA)-American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving an historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism's holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

LGBT Jews say it's increasingly difficult to be pro-Israel and queer

NEW YORK (JTA)-For years, Laurie Grauer had waved a rainbow flag emblazoned with a Jewish star at the Chicago Dyke March, sometimes marching near activists waving Palestinian flags. It had never been...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Israel's controversial conversion bill, explained

(JTA)-Israeli politicians and Jewish leaders are fighting again over an age-old question: Who counts as a Jew? And who gets to decide? This week, Israel's government inflamed simmering tensions over J...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Suspension of Western Wall deal leaves Jewish leaders feeling betrayed

(JTA)-They've tried strongly worded statements. They've tried private meetings with the prime minister. They've tried negotiations, protest and prayer. But for the past five years, despite broad...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 23, 2017

$125M Jewish international aid

NEW YORK (JTA)—Eighty percent of Jews live in two countries—Israel and the United States—but Jewish organizations are spending more and more of their money elsewhere. Jewish aid to the developing world—the impoverished set of countries your z...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 23, 2017

80 percent of Reform rabbis are Democrats-that's higher than any other clergy

NEW YORK (JTA)-The vast majority of Reform and Conservative rabbis affiliate as Democrats, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday by Yale University, found that more than 80 percent...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 9, 2017

Israel's government is right-wing, but it's taking climate change seriously

(JTA)-One of Israel's strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn't about the peace process. It didn't concern Trump's broken promise to relocate the U.S. embassy, or his reported leak of Israeli...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 9, 2017

More synagogues are getting rid of their mandatory dues

NEW YORK (JTA)—“Voluntary dues” may sound like an oxymoron, but the idea may soon be coming to a synagogue near you. According to a new study by the UJA-Federation of New York, the number of non-Orthodox synagogues nationwide that have...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 26, 2017

Five ways to celebrate Shavuot without (necessarily) studying Torah

NEW YORK (JTA)—Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect. Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par with the fall and spring...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 19, 2017

Israel's justice minister says Trump peace plan won't go anywhere-and she's happy about it

NEW YORK (JTA)-Ten days before Donald Trump was inaugurated, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked visited the Jewish settlement in Hebron. A community of several hundred ensconced in a city of 150,0...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 19, 2017

How the Six-Day War changed American Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)-On the morning of June 5, 1967, as Arab armies and Israel clashed following weeks of tension, Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg sat anxious amid his congregants at daily prayers-fearful...

 

Anti-Semitic incidents in U.S. surging in 2017, rose by a third in 2016

(JTA)-Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. There has...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 5, 2017

Chef trying to make Ashkenazi food cool

CHICAGO (JTA)—The platter, served during Passover, contained a green, a bitter herb, an egg and matzah. But it was no seder plate. Instead, it was the appetizer served during a six-course prix fixe meal at Aviv, a pop-up, kosher-for-Passover...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 28, 2017

Four things to know about Bret Stephens, the latest Jewish New York Times columnist

NEW YORK (JTA)-At first glance, The New York Times' hiring of another white, Jewish male opinion-page columnist is anything but news. But the arrival of Bret Stephens, formerly the foreign affairs...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 21, 2017

A state legislator called J Street anti-Semitic: Right to left, Jewish groups disagree

NEW YORK (JTA)—Is J Street anti-Semitic? A South Carolina state legislator insists it is. But few, if any, Jewish leaders seem to agree. Alan Clemmons, a Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, is a darling of the pro-Israel community. He led the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 21, 2017

When politics gets in the way of Jewish giving

NEW YORK (JTA)-Lisa Greer didn't think twice when she used her cellphone to donate to IfNotNow, a Jewish organization that protests Israel's West Bank occupation. Greer and her husband, Joshua, had...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 31, 2017

Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups' narrative on anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)—Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one...

 

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