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Five Jewish victims among 17 killed in high school shooting

(JTA)-They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 23, 2018 

The Jewish sheriff leading the response to the Florida school shooting quotes the Talmud

(JTA)-As he leads the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is likely enduring some of the toughest days of his career. And he's probably...

 

The youngest Schindler's list survivor is still telling her story

NEW YORK (JTA)-Eva Lavi's earliest memories are of the Holocaust. She remembers how her mother made her hide outside in below-zero weather, clutching a standing pipe, as Nazis searched her home in...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 16, 2018

Orthodox Union will not penalize synagogues that already have women clergy

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Orthodox Union will not penalize its member synagogues that already employ women as clergy, but it has reaffirmed a policy that prohibits other synagogues from hiring women in...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 2, 2018

Jewish journalist confronting Trump's immigration allies

NEW YORK (JTA)—During a combative news conference in early August, White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters that the United States should prioritize immigrants who speak English. “Does the applicant speak English?” Miller asked,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 2, 2018

A poll shows support for Israel among Democrats is sliding-but experts say the truth is more complex

NEW YORK (JTA)-The share of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians is falling fast, while Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians is spiking. So says a new poll...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 19, 2018

Delta employees detail a pattern of anti-Semitic abuse at airline

NEW YORK (JTA)—It wasn’t long after Nahum Amir began working for Delta Airlines as a mechanic that he says his manager started calling him “the Jewish guy.” Then Amir says the manager accused him and other Jews of “killing kids in Gaza.”...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 12, 2018

Should Israeli soldiers shoot to kill Palestinian terrorists? Michael Oren says yes.

(JTA)-If a Palestinian appears to be committing a terror attack, do they deserve to die on the spot? The answer is yes, says Michael Oren. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, now a...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    January 5, 2018

Rabbinical student is explaining Judaism to Muslims-in Arabic

(JTA)-Is it true that Judaism doesn't accept converts? Is it true that Jews have to wash their hands before they pray? Is it true that Jews have historically killed their prophets? These are just a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 29, 2017

Four ways Israel and American Jews grew apart in 2017

(JTA)-This hasn't been a good year for Israel and American Jews. The two poles of world Jewry, each boasting about half of the globe's total Jews, have never quite seen eye to eye on everything from...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 22, 2017

Al Franken's resignation pains his Jewish fans in Minnesota

(JTA)-It's a shame Al Franken has to go, Minnesota Jews say. But he has to go. That's the feeling Minnesota Jewish leaders expressed a day after the Democratic senator announced he would resign his...

 

How a kids' book on Palestine ensnared Manhattan store in a political crossfire

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Chris Doeblin agreed to buy 100 copies of a children's book to help an author friend, he didn't expect to become enmeshed in a controversy over international relations and free...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 15, 2017

Reform rabbis are finding it tough to love Israel

(JTA)-When Israeli security guards roughed up the head rabbi of the Reform movement at the Western Wall, ripping his suit jacket and shoving a can of mace in his face, Rabbi Jen Lader had a dilemma:...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 1, 2017

After Harvey, this woman distributes mezuzahs to those who need them

(JTA)-As hurricane Harvey swept over Houston, Chava Gal-Or counted herself lucky. The water rose up to her door and a little bit seeped in, but her home did not flood. However, many in the Reform...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    December 1, 2017

These bar-mitzvah kids already are Jewish philanthropists

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)-Lyla Maymon and Jane Shvartzman went to interview officials last year at the Larkin Street Youth, a local organization fighting homelessness among young people, to see if their...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 24, 2017

Stephen Bannon: 'I'm proud to be a Christian Zionist'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Stephen Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, called himself a "Christian Zionist" at the Zionist Organization of America's annual dinner. He also praised Repu...

 

How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism

(JTA)-Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, "religion is very important." Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking Judaism a lot lately. In May, he...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 10, 2017

Jews for Jesus commissioned a study on Jewish millennials-here's what it found

NEW YORK (JTA)-Are Jewish millennials the most religious generation? And do one-fifth of them think Jesus was God in human form? Yes and yes, says a new survey of 599 Jews born from 1984 to 1999. The...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 3, 2017

Orthodox Union's new project says women don't need to be rabbis to be leaders

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Orthodox Union is founding its own division to advance women as congregational leaders, as well as to promote Jewish study and communal participation for women in Modern Orthodoxy....

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    October 20, 2017

Meet the Orthodox firearms instructor who wants Jews to own guns

CHICAGO (JTA)-Three days after a gunman killed 59 people in Las Vegas, a post in a Facebook group for Chicago Jews displayed a blurry photo of survivors fleeing the bullets. Next to it was a flier...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    October 13, 2017

An Israeli trauma expert predicted a Las Vegas attack three years ago

(JTA)-When Dr. Avi Rivkind landed in Las Vegas three years ago to lecture as a trauma care expert, he saw something that troubled him. The airport, McCarran International, felt too open, almost...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 6, 2017

Professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

(JTA)-Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 6, 2017

Puerto Rico's Jews turn to helping neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Maria

(JTA)-After he managed to bribe three van drivers to load their vehicles with aid supplies and drive him and his crew from the San Juan airport, Eli Rowe felt his humanitarian mission was off to a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 29, 2017

How Houston handled the High Holidays after Harvey

(JTA)-A few weeks ago, Holly Davies was getting ready to homeschool her kids and preparing the family for the High Holidays. When Hurricane Harvey hit, she helped evacuate 150 people from her...

 

Hug a chicken and 4 other twists on traditional High Holidays rituals

NEW YORK (JTA)-Picture services for the High Holidays: A roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant is what likely comes to mind....

 

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