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 By Asaf Shalev    News    September 10, 2021 

Fire antisemitic blogger, 70 State Department employees demand in letter to Blinken

(JTA) — Six months after his internet posts attacking Jews came to light, a U.S. Foreign Service officer remains employed by the State Department while at least 70 of his co-workers sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding his...

 By Asaf Shalev    News    September 3, 2021

Calls on Pope Francis to clarify comments

(JTA) — Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has asked Pope Francis to retract a recent comment about Jewish law that it said might lead Catholic listeners to “derogatory conclusions” about Jews.  Rabbi Ratzon Arusi, chair of the Chief Rabbinate’s...


American Jews mobilize in response to building collapse in Orthodox enclave

(JTA) - As the United States woke up to news of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, it quickly became clear that the disaster is an American Jewish tragedy.  The 12-story building in the heav...

 By Asaf Shalev    News    June 25, 2021

Boycott Israel? No, Ben & Jerry's is boycotting social media

(JTA) – Pro-Palestinian activists were swarming the social media comments sections of Ben & Jerry's to demand the company boycott Israel.  In response, Ben & Jerry's appears to have indeed...

 By Asaf Shalev    News    May 28, 2021

Amid crisis, New York Times posts job for Palestinian affairs reporter

(JTA) — As the world’s attention has turned to the crisis engulfing Israel and the Palestinian territories, a leading media outlet posted a brand-new job opening. The New York Times announced Wednesday that it is looking to hire a reporter who...

 By Asaf Shalev    Features    May 21, 2021

186-year-old letter detailing early American diplomatic visit to Holy Land surfaces in Jerusalem auction

(JTA) — A detailed account of one of the earliest American diplomatic voyages to Palestine has surfaced as part of an upcoming auction in Jerusalem.  The account appears in a handwritten letter from one of the passengers of the USS Delaware, a...

 By Asaf Shalev    Features    April 30, 2021

Is your name on this list? Your Jewish roots might be in Cairo, Baghdad or nearby

(JTA) — In the late 1800s, the Ottoman Empire was looking to conscript men into its army, including the several thousand young Jewish ones who were living in the city of Baghdad.  The Jewish community didn’t like the idea of the imperial forces...

 By Asaf Shalev    News    April 23, 2021

NY Times' Bret Stephens is editing a new Jewish journal, starting with an issue on 'Jews and social justice'

(JTA) - New York Times opinion columnist Bret Stephens has taken on a side gig as the editor of a new limited-run journal of essays about Jewish issues. The journal, titled Sapir, is an initiative of...

 By Asaf Shalev    News    March 12, 2021

Israel to spend $50M compensating families of children who disappeared in state's early years

(JTA) — The Israeli government approved a plan Monday to provide compensation of up to $60,000 to some of the families of children who went missing while in state care in the 1950s.  But advocacy groups and several of the families have already...

 By Asaf Shalev    News    March 5, 2021

Ruderman foundation, main donor to Jewish inclusion efforts, ends its disability giving

(JTA) — To many in the Jewish world, the Ruderman Family Foundation is synonymous with efforts to increase inclusion for Jews with disabilities. Based in Boston, but active across the United States and in Israel, the foundation has doled out some...


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