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 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 12, 2022 

Michigan Dem group apologizes for 'offensive' TikTok attacking 'Zionists'

(JTA) — The chair of a county Democratic Party in Michigan apologized after the group made a social media post reading “Zionists have no place in office,” apparently meant to support a member of Congress, Rep. Andy Levin, who identifies as a...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 12, 2022 

Self-funded House candidate beats AIPAC-backed opponent

(JTA) – AIPAC marked its second major defeat of the Democratic primary cycle this week, as one of the two Democratic House candidates in the Detroit area that it backed failed to win his Tuesday primary. Michigan state Sen. Adam Hollier had more...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 12, 2022 

Jewish political dynasty ends as Rep. Haley Stevens ousts Rep. Andy Levin in Michigan Democratic primary

PONTIAC, Michigan (JTA) — A Jewish political dynasty’s four-decade run in Congress has come to an end after Rep. Andy Levin conceded to Rep. Haley Stevens in Michigan’s 11th congressional district Tuesday. Stevens’ decisive win concluded a...

 

'Image of Victory,' Netflix's new Israeli war drama, revisits the capture of a kibbutz in 1948

(JTA) - The story of Israel's 1948 war for independence is told through the eyes of one kibbutz in "Image of Victory," a new Netflix film that's being billed as the most expensive Israeli movie ever....

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 5, 2022

Kentucky GOP group blames hacker for calling new US firearms regulator part of a 'Jewish junta'

(JTA) - When Steve Dettelbach was confirmed last week as the director of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, he became the beleaguered bureau's first head to pass a...

 

TV legend Norman Lear turns 100

(JTA) - Jewish comedy titan Norman Lear turned a century old on July 27, and he's still got a spring in his step. Lear took to Instagram to reminisce the day before his 100th birthday with a video,...

 

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a Christian to evade the Holocaust in 'My Name Is Sara'

(JTA) – Sara Góralnik Shapiro survived the Holocaust by disguising herself as a Christian and working for a family of Ukrainian farmers. She then went on to live a long and prosperous life as a...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 22, 2022

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a Christian to evade the Holocaust in 'My Name Is Sara'

(JTA) – Sara Guralnick Shapiro survived the Holocaust by disguising herself as a Christian and working for a family of Ukrainian farmers. She then went on to live a long and prosperous life as a...

 

Monty Norman, British Jewish 'James Bond' theme composer, dies at 94

(JTA) – With a single driving guitar riff, the man born as Monty Noserovitch changed pop-culture forever - although he had to fight to get the credit for it. British Jewish composer Monty Norman,...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 22, 2022

Andrew Garfield, Julia Garner and Adrien Brody make this year's long list of Jewish Emmy nominees

(JTA) — Jewish TV shows and performers are well represented on the list of 2022 Emmy nominations, with actors including Seth Rogen, Julia Garner, Andrew Garfield and Henry Winkler making the cut. It was a particularly good year for Jews in comedy,...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Unilever sells to licensee

(JTA) - After nearly a year of legal and financial battles, Ben & Jerry's will continue to be made and sold in Israel and the West Bank, as its parent company Unilever announced Tuesday it had...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Ben & Jerry's says it opposes parent company's plan to sell the brand's Israel rights

(JTA) — Ben & Jerry’s has come out against its own parent company’s decision to sell the ice cream maker’s brand in Israel to an Israeli company that pledges to continue selling the products in both Israel and the West Bank. “While our...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Naftali Bennett won't run in Israel's upcoming elections

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett won’t run in his country’s upcoming elections this fall, his office announced Wednesday, after he served as head of a fragile, now collapsing Knesset coalition for a little over a year. The...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 8, 2022

A new documentary gives 'Hallelujah' back to Leonard Cohen, and to Judaism

(JTA) - Leonard Cohen wrote around 150 verses to "Hallelujah," or so the scholars claim.  The beloved Canadian folk singer, who fused Jewish mysticism with pop mythology for a global audience, wrote...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Nick Fuentes, white nationalist with GOP ties, says 'Jews stood in the way' of Roe v. Wade's end

(JTA) — In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist leader and influential figure among the rightmost flank of the Republican Party, told his followers that “Jews stood in the way” of...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 1, 2022

BDS disavows Boston project mapping

(JTA) — The global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement targeting Israel has disavowed a controversial website mapping Boston-area Jewish groups a day after lawmakers urged a federal investigation of the project’s potential to be used by...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 1, 2022

A movie about kidnapped Italian Jew Edgardo Mortara is moving forward without Steven Spielberg

(JTA) – For years, Steven Spielberg intended to direct a movie about Edgardo Mortara, a 19th-century Italian Jew who was kidnapped by the Catholic Church and raised Christian, eventually becoming a...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 1, 2022

Billy Crystal performs 'Yiddish scat' at the Tony Awards

(JTA) - "Ella Fitzgerald, wherever you are, I apologize in advance." Billy Crystal gave this year's Tonys a jolt of Jewish shtick when he coaxed the audience into a call-and-response "Yiddish scat"...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 1, 2022

24 Democratic senators urge Biden to involve US in investigation of Palestinian journalist's death

(JTA) — Just under half of all Democratic senators are seeking the “direct involvement” of the United States in the investigation of the death of a Palestinian journalist who was shot over a month ago while covering an Israeli raid on a West...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 24, 2022

Head of campus pro-Israel group loses primary in Nevada

(JTA) – David Brog has overseen pro-Israel organizations with significant Republican backing for more than two decades, but his own attempt to make inroads for himself as a GOP candidate fell short Tuesday in Nevada. Brog lost his Republican...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 17, 2022

Map is a guide to antisemitism

(JTA) - A Jewish arts group. A Jewish high school. A Jewish newspaper. A synagogue network. A major Jewish philanthropy that directs funds to mental health, homelessness prevention and refugee...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 17, 2022

Massachusetts Democrats condemn pro-Palestinian project mapping Boston Jewish groups

(JTA) — Massachusetts’ two Democratic Senators have joined at least four Democrats in Congress, including one vocal critic of Israel, in speaking out against a Boston pro-Palestinian activist group’s initiative mapping “local institutional su...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 10, 2022

General Mills divests its Israeli dough operation

(JTA) – General Mills announced Tuesday it would be fully divesting from a business venture in Israel that had operated in an East Jerusalem settlement, in a move pro-Palestinian activists celebrated as the result of their campaign against the...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 3, 2022

PA: IDF meant to kill journalist

(JTA) - The Palestinian Authority concluded its investigation into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by accusing Israeli soldiers of deliberately shooting her in the back, a...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 3, 2022

Jewish groups have failed to stop Arizona from offering a gas chamber as an execution method

(JTA) – An unusual scenario played out in Arizona recently: The son of a Jewish woman who fled the Nazis was asked if he wanted to be executed by the same gas the Nazis once used. Frank Atwood, who was convicted of murdering an 8-year-old girl in...

 

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