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 By Ben Sales    News    August 31, 2018

Wohl wants to be the face of young Jewish Trump supporters

NEW YORK (JTA)-If you scroll down the Twitter feed of Jacob Wohl, former teenage hedge fund manager and current pro-Donald Trump provocateur, you'll see a stream of insults directed at Robert...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 31, 2018

Randi Weingarten wants the teachers' union to love Israel

By Ben Sales (JTA)-The statement, issued the day Israel passed a controversial bill defining itself as a Jewish nation-state, could have come from any number of liberal American Jewish groups. "We...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 31, 2018

Here's how JTA covered the real-life story of 'Operation Finale' and Eichmann's capture

(JTA)-When undercover Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960, JTA's reporters were just as surprised as everyone else. An article dated May 23 of that year described an...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 24, 2018

Hydrox, the original kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage

(JTA)-You know what Oreos are. They're two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiched around a creme filling. Oreos also come in Double Stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is d...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 24, 2018

Lauder helped make Netanyahu prime minister-now he's opposing him

(JTA)-It's gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times. Benjamin Netanyahu would know-that's what's happening to him right...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 17, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez cheered

NEW YORK (JTA)-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progressive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 3, 2018

Here's how Birthright guides talk about the Palestinians

(JTA)-When Samuel Green talks about Israel's West Bank security barrier with the Birthright groups he guides, he first explains the Israeli view that the barrier was built to prevent Palestinian...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 27, 2018

Zuckerberg says Facebook won't delete Holocaust denial posts

(JTA)-Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to give everyone in the world a voice. But what happens when some of those wishing a voice are Holocaust deniers? That question was posed to the Facebook founder...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 27, 2018

Jewish philanthropist questioned by Israeli airport security

NEW YORK (JTA)—A prominent Jewish philanthropist says he was aggressively questioned by Israeli airport security after going on a Jewish tour of Palestinian areas of the West Bank. Meyer Koplow, chair of Brandeis University’s board of trustees...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 20, 2018

They tried to take Judaism out of synagogue spaces-now they're coming back to them

NEW YORK (JTA)-For 10 years, Rabbi Dan Ain has tried to take Judaism out of the synagogue. He's convened Friday night prayers in auditoriums with musicians like Matisyahu and Lisa Loeb. He's held...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 20, 2018

Filipino guest workers come to Israel-and embrace Judaism

TEL AVIV (JTA)—One of the biggest days of the year for Ronaldo and Bernadette Lopez is Christmas. They open up their Filipino restaurant in South Tel Aviv, and their friends bring their families, crowd the place and eat embutido, a rolled pork...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 13, 2018

This Jewish man survived World War II in Axis-era Japan

NEW YORK (JTA)-Growing up in Imperial Japan during World War II, Isaac Shapiro's best friend was a member of the Hitler Youth. The friend wore the organization's brown shirt uniform to their...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 29, 2018

Jewish activists are helping families separated at the border

(JTA)-When Mary McCabe explains America's immigration courts to children who have been separated from their parents, she tries to make it interactive. She draws a sketch of a courtroom and asks kids...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

Supreme Court's cake shop ruling is good for the Jews

(JTA)-Seven Supreme Court justices sided with a Colorado baker in his legal fight with a gay couple. And seven major Jewish groups weighed in on the decision. Six of the Jewish groups disagreed with t...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

It's a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel

(JTA)—Israelis want nothing more than for their country to be considered normal. That may have to wait. A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was cancelled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 15, 2018

As night falls, Jerusalem's old-school Jewish market transforms into a hipster hangout

JERUSALEM (JTA)-In another life, Kobi Frig would have been sitting behind vats of spices in Jerusalem's bustling, labyrinthine Mahane Yehuda market, hawking paprika, zaatar and cinnamon like his...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 8, 2018

Israel's conversion laws are about to get stricter

(JTA)—Jewish converts in America may have a much harder time being accepted in Israel because of a new set of regulations proposed by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. If adopted, some activists in Israel say, the new guidelines for religious courts...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 8, 2018

These Jewish camp counselors want to teach their kids about the occupation

(JTA)-When Aviva Schwartz started praying publicly for Palestinians at her Jewish summer camp, she knew it would be controversial. Schwartz had grown up ensconced in the Conservative movement, had att...

 
 By Ben Sales    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Philip Roth showed me how to be an American Jew

(JTA)—I never did anything like that with liver, but when I read “Portnoy’s Complaint,” I knew it was about me. Not the actual me, because I would never do any of the things that Alexander Portnoy confesses in the 274-page rant about lust,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 25, 2018

Neighbors of the new US embassy in Jerusalem are worried about traffic and rising rents

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As he strolled on his leafy, narrow street overlooking what is now the United States Embassy in Israel, Ben Katz stepped back to dodge the side-view mirror of an oncoming truck, which...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 25, 2018

Israel defends Gaza crackdown as self-defense: 'We are saving human life'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Despite growing condemnation for the deaths of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border yesterday, Israel defended its military's actions as an act of self-defense in the face of a mass...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 18, 2018

Amid renewed talk of war, Israelis are keeping calm and carrying on

TEL AVIV (JTA)-When war broke out on Israel's northern border in 2006, Avigdor Guy remained calm. He lived in the northern port city of Haifa, but he didn't think the war would hit home-until, that...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 18, 2018

Some rabbis say it isn't kosher to borrow from Quicken Loans because it's run by Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you’re an Orthodox Jew with a mortgage from Quicken Loans, you might be in trouble. Agudath Israel of America, a major haredi Orthodox organization, issued a Jewish legal ruling last month prohibiting Jews from taking out loans...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 18, 2018

The Italian cycling champion who saved Jews during the Holocaust is given honorary Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Gino Bartali had already won the Tour de France once and the Giro d'Italia twice when he started taking the most dramatic bicycle rides of his life. Bartali was an Italian cyclist who...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 11, 2018

ZOA accused of defamation

NEW YORK (JTA)-Three Jewish organizations are accusing the Zionist Organization of America of inappropriately criticizing them. And the ZOA is accusing one of them right back. On Wednesday, the...

 

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