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 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....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 8, 2017

Not even Harvey could stop this family from publishing Houston's Jewish paper

(JTA)-As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Houston Friday, Vicki Samuels Levy dashed over to the offices of the Houston Jewish Herald-Voice, took the proofs of this week's newspaper and went to her...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 8, 2017

American mayors' group, ADL announce agreement to combat hate

NEW YORK (JTA)—The mayors of America’s largest cities are launching a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to combat hate and bigotry. Nearly 200 mayors have joined the agreement, which was announced Friday, since it was first circulated...

 

These Christians celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

NEW YORK (JTA)—On the night of Rosh Hashanah, thousands of people will leave work, gather in congregations across the globe and worship God, the ruler of the world. Ten days later they will begin a fast and gather again to pray, this time atoning...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 1, 2017

Rabbi Held is shaping the conversation around love and politics

NEW YORK (JTA)-After the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, voices abounded calling the demonstration an affront to American values. Rabbi Shai Held called it an attack on God. "One of the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 25, 2017

A guide to the far-right groups that protested in Charlottesville

(JTA)-They believe the "white race" is in danger. They believe the United States was built by and for white people and must now embrace fascism. They believe minorities are taking over the country....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 25, 2017

What you need to know about antifa, the group that fought white supremacists in Charlottesville

(JTA)-Is it OK to punch a Nazi in the face? That's the question animating much of the discussion of Saturday's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which quickly devolved into a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 18, 2017

Corruption scandals plaguing Netanyahu and his family, explained

(JTA)-He has a firm grip on the government, but a mounting political scandal might bring him down. Officials from his own party have begun to distance themselves from him, but he remains defiant. Oh,...

 
 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...

 

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