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Kosher food and Shabbat at the Olympics thanks to Chabad

(JTA)-Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won't have to skimp on kosher food or Shabbat programming. The...

 

Support for Israel among young evangelicals is solid but slipping

NEW YORK (JTA)—A new study has some troubling news for Israel and its supporters, who have come to rely on the political and financial support of the 25 percent of Americans who identify as evangelical Christians. “Older American evangelicals...

 

Jewish families killed in Costa Rica crash remembered for passionate social justice work

NEW YORK (JTA)-Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes. The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, New...

 

Camp establishes scholarship in memory of family killed in Costa Rica plane crash

NEW YORK (JTA)—A Jewish camp has created a scholarship fund in memory of a family who died in a plane crash in Costa Rica. Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative summer camp in Clayton, Georgia, established a fund in memory of the Weiss family on...

 

HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky dishes on his cringeworthy Bar Mitzvah

NEW YORK (JTA)-Trivia is having a major moment-and that's thanks, in large part, to Scott Rogowsky. The Jewish comedian has played a huge role in the runaway success of HQ Trivia, the iPhone app...

 

The 7 most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2017

(JTA)-Political turmoil, terror attacks and natural disasters around the world: 2017 had plenty of people feeling down, for good reason. But there were also notable moments of light. As this year...

 

The Sulzberger family: A complicated Jewish legacy at The New York Times

NEW YORK (JTA)-On Thursday, The New York Times announced that its publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., 66, is stepping down at the end of the year and will be succeeded by his son, 37-year-old Arthu...

 

Linda Sarsour gets warm welcome at controversial panel on anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-Audience members greeted Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour with loud applause at an event here that in recent weeks became a rallying cry for both critics and defenders of...

 

After Nazis killed her family, this woman joined the partisans to fight back

NEW YORK (JTA)-Nazis came for Rose Holm's family in the afternoon. By the evening, the 16-year-old was lying among corpses in the underground bunker where she and her family had been hiding. "I was...

 

The five weirdest kosher foods for 2018

SECAUCUS, N.J. (JTA)-"Caution: Meat and dairy sampling on show floor," read a sign at the entrance to Meadowlands Exposition Center. That may seem like an unusual warning outside a convention center,...

 

This organization has trained 4,000 Jewish volunteers to keep synagogues safe

NEW YORK (JTA)-On a typical Shabbat in Teaneck, New Jersey, streets are blocked off outside of major synagogues. Uniformed off-duty police officers, paid by the synagogues for the morning, stand near...

 

A Jewish-themed beard balm for hipsters and Hasids

(JTA)-On a recent Friday, Eitan Press stood in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market offering to apply balm to the beards of passers-by. Press was hoping they would get hooked on his product, an ointment...

 

Israeli chef wants to shake up the way you think about spices

NEW YORK (JTA)—For many home cooks, spices are an afterthought, sprinkled on a dish lacking in flavor. Israeli-born, French-educated chef Lior Lev Sercarz wants to change that. “If you want to make good food and beverages you need to know about s...

 

Meet Mike Tolkin, the Jewish millennial running for NYC mayor

NEW YORK (JTA)-Mike Tolkin apologizes for checking his phone as he sits down at a café in this city's Flatiron district. The 32-year-old Democratic New York mayoral hopeful was waiting to hear Tuesd...

 

Riss' Knishes in all flavors-a kasha knish anyone?

NEW YORK (JTA)-Larissa Raphael was sick of eating knishes that packed in plenty of potatoes but no punch. "I was like, 'why does the knish need to be bland?'" she said. "I want it to taste really...

 

The top 10 moments that mattered to Jews in 5777

NEW YORK (JTA)—This Jewish year was not a quiet one, to say the least. From the tumultuous first eight months of Donald Trump’s presidency, to a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers, to a neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville that...

 

Despite protests, State Department says it will return trove of Jewish artifacts to Iraq

NEW YORK (JTA)-The United States will return to Iraq next year a trove of Iraqi Jewish artifacts that lawmakers and Jewish groups have lobbied to keep in this country, a State Department official said...

 

Houston Jewish community 'could take years' to recover from Harvey

(JTA)-The Jewish community in Houston has seen "devastating" damage from Hurricane Harvey and could take years to recover, a federation official said. "Recovery like this-it is a disaster larger than...

 

When American Jews fought Nazis-in New Jersey

(JTA)-The Nazi punching debate (is it OK to punch a Nazi?) went viral in January after a liberal protester slugged white supremacist Richard Spencer in the face during President Donald Trump's...

 

The Jewish Food Society wants to preserve your grandma's recipes before they're lost forever

TENAFLY, N.J. (JTA)—Ayala Hodak usually cooks the way her mother taught her: adding a pinch of spice here or relying on her eyes—never a measuring cup!—to judge how much liquid to add. But on a recent Tuesday, she was being much more precise....

 

How these young Jews found spirituality outside the synagogue

NEW YORK (JTA)-Michelle Reyf isn't really a synagogue-goer. Until recently, the 28-year-old, who works for a Jewish nonprofit, was perfectly happy to get her spiritual fulfillment at Buddhist prayer...

 

How Tisha b'Av can help us understand the refugee experience

NEW YORK (JTA)—For many Jews, Tisha b’Av is centered around mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. But that interpretation misses out on an important lesson that is made more relevant by recent events, Rabbi David...

 

African-American Jew uses cooking to fuse his two identities

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Michael Twitty dressed in the outfit that slaves wore in the American South-wool stockings, waistcoat and kerchief tied around his neck-to cook meat in an open-hearth oven on a...

 

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month?

(JTA)-Only one religious group in the U.S. has a federally proclaimed month celebrating their history: the Jews. In 2006, President George W. Bush officially declared May as Jewish American Heritage...

 

These comedians want to bring Yiddish humor to TV

(JTA)-It's safe to say that Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman are some of the funniest Yiddish speakers around. Their Yiddish-English web series, "YidLife Crisis," is a modern-day, Mont...

 

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