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A new study for cancer risk in Ashkenazi Jews aims to be a model for genetic testing

NEW YORK (JTA)—A new study will provide free testing for three mutations that substantially increase the risk for developing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer among people with Eastern European Jewish ancestry. The BRCA Founder Outreach Study (BF...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 13, 2018

Israelis want a solution to the African migrants crisis

(JTA)—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked back an agreement with the United Nations last week to resettle abroad at least half of the African migrants seeking asylum in his country, it did not play well with the majority of...

 

The first Torah reading in orbit and five other fun facts about Jews in space

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Torah tells how God created the earth and the heavens, although the stories that follow tell us more about the former than the latter. A new exhibit doesn't quite answer...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 6, 2018

National Geographic's first Jewish editor in chief opens up about racism in the magazine's past

(JTA)-The editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine made waves when she admitted that the magazine's past coverage was tinged with racism. "For decades, our coverage was racist. To rise above...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 16, 2018

139 Jewish day school leaders sign letter calling for action after Parkland shooting

(JTA)—The heads of 139 Jewish day schools have signed an open letter urging action following last month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. The letter released Tuesday expresses support for the student movement calling for gun reform and...

 

Amar'e Stoudemire just launched a line of kosher wines

NEW YORK (JTA)-Six-time NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher-for-Passover Israeli wines. The 6-foot-10 former player, who returned earlier this month from a trip to the Jewish...

 

These Jewish women say celebrating Purim in the #MeToo era is different

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Meredith Jacobs was taught the Purim story as a little girl in the 1970s and '80s, Esther was made out to be its heroine, while Queen Vashti was its "evil queen." According to the...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 2, 2018

Kids are using hamantaschen to help end gun violence

(JTA)-The college-aged kids of a Jewish congressman from Florida are raising money to end gun violence by selling hamantaschen. Gabby, Serena and Cole Deutch launched the Bake Action Against Gun...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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