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Everything you need to know about Israeli settlements and the Trump administration's announcement

(JTA)-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the United States will no longer consider Israeli Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria to be illegal. Here's an explainer about what th...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 29, 2019

Ukraine asked Alexander Vindman to be its defense minister, and other takeaways from his impeachment testimony

This is a developing story.  (JTA)—Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Jewish National Security Council staffer whose firsthand account of the July phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine is at the center of the...

 

Jewish man stabbed repeatedly outside New York synagogue

This is a developing story.  NEW YORK (JTA)—An Orthodox man was stabbed multiple times on his walk to synagogue for morning prayers. The man was approaching the synagogue Toshnad Heichel Torah Utfila in Spring Valley, New York, when a man got out...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 29, 2019

These Manhattan synagogues want to become condominiums

NEW YORK (JTA)-One of the most active times of day at the West Side Jewish Center begins precisely at 1:40 p.m., when 60 or so middle-aged men trudge in, mutter through the afternoon prayer service...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 22, 2019

Anti-Semitism is spiking in Brooklyn, and officials don't know why

NEW YORK (JTA)-Days after a series of attacks against Jews across Brooklyn, the Anti-Defamation League announced that it would double funding for a school program combating hate. But city officials...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 22, 2019

Student walks out on survivor's speech after accusing Israel of 'ethnic cleansing'

(JTA)—A Palestinian student at Benedictine University called on a Holocaust survivor to condemn the establishment of Israel, and then walked out on his speech after he did not do so. Following a speech last week by Professor Harold Kasimow, who...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 15, 2019

Michael Bloomberg for president?

NEW YORK (JTA)-Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire media mogul, appears to be preparing to run for president. Bloomberg, 77, flirted with presidential runs in past...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 8, 2019

All of Israel's embassies around the world are on strike

(JTA)—As of Wednesday morning, Israel’s embassies and consulates across the globe are on strike. “No consular services will be provided and no one will be allowed to enter,” one ambassador posted on Twitter. Those services include passport...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 8, 2019

Jared Kushner appears to back Israeli unity government

(JTA)—Jared Kushner, the point man on the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, appeared to endorse a unity government between Israel’s two largest parties. In a rare interview Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 25, 2019

At this Florida Jewish day school, half the students aren't Jewish

SARASOTA, Florida (JTA)-Most American Jewish day schools go all in on Chanukah, in part to remind their students that Jews have a winter holiday of their own. But when December rolls around at the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 25, 2019

America's 7.5 million Jews are older, whiter and more liberal than the country as a whole

NEW YORK (JTA)—In the past seven years, the American Jewish population has grown 10 percent. It remains a population that is mostly liberal, college educated and overwhelmingly white. And it’s not getting any younger. This is all according to a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 11, 2019

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019

NEW YORK (JTA)—The number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City has risen significantly over the first nine months of this year, part of a citywide rise in such offenses. The New York Police Department has reported 311 total hate crimes...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 27, 2019

How one Jewish school is processing the arrest of a teacher who preyed on children

NEW YORK (JTA)—Sitting at the front of a large room lined floor to ceiling with Jewish holy books, Rabbi Joseph Beyda’s voice broke as he processed, seemingly in real time, the idea that a trusted teacher had preyed on his students. “I think th...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 13, 2019

Here's how New York City's new hate crimes chief plans to tackle rising anti-Semitism

(JTA)-Like other local officials, Deborah Lauter can't say exactly what's causing the recent spike in hate crimes against Jews in New York City. It could be, in her words, "the rhetoric that's coming...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 13, 2019

The New York Times exposé

(JTA)—As of this writing, Israel has not bombed Iran’s nuclear program. But according to an exposé in The New York Times that dropped Wednesday, it could still happen. And nearly did. The 10,000-word story details how close Israel came to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 23, 2019

The relationship between Jeffrey Epstein and Jewish philanthropist Leslie Wexner, explained

(JTA)-One of the most befuddling questions surrounding the Jeffrey Epstein saga is why Leslie Wexner, a billionaire entrepreneur, entrusted all of his money to Epstein, a secretive financier with no...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 16, 2019

Trump condemns bigotry and white supremacy in response to El Paso and Dayton shootings

(JTA)—President Donald Trump said “hate has no place in America” in an address to the nation following the mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Trump pledged additional resources to the FBI to investigate domesti...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 16, 2019

Netflix's 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' misses the real story of Ethiopian Jews

(JTA)-Out of all of the unrealistic scenes in "The Red Sea Diving Resort," the most absurd one might be when Ben Kingsley, playing a supposedly gritty Mossad agent, shows up in the desert wearing a su...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 16, 2019

El Paso shooting investigated as domestic terrorism

(JTA)—Before he killed at least 22 people at a Walmart on the southern border, the gunman in El Paso posted a white supremacist manifesto on the fringe social network 8chan denouncing a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The U.S. Justice Department...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 2, 2019

Jews helped inspire America's refugee program and Stephen Miller might end it

(JTA)-In July 1939, eight months after Kristallnacht and seven weeks before Hitler would invade Poland, Congress killed a bill that would have allowed 20,000 Jewish refugee children into the United...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 2, 2019

Americans don't know much about Judaism but love the Jews, survey says

(JTA)—U.S. Jews know more about religion in general than their non-Jewish neighbors, a new survey shows. Americans who are not Jewish, meanwhile, don’t know a lot about Judaism. But they like Jews more than any other religious group. And they...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 26, 2019

The Jews getting arrested at ICE centers are just getting started

NEW YORK (JTA)-If you're going to physically block an entrance to an ICE detention center, the handbook says, don't act nice about it. Do chant in Yiddish. Do sing Hebrew prayers. "Defiant, angry,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders says being the first Jewish president would be 'another barrier broken down'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Bernie Sanders wants you to know that he's not grumpy all of the time. "There are some times I'm not grumpy. Now is not one of those times," he says, a wry smile crossing his face....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 12, 2019

Shooter drills during services

(JTA)-When the ushers locked the door to the sanctuary, and the congregants prepared to flee the synagogue in preparation for a mass shooting, Rabbi Neil Cooper made sure it all happened before they...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

NYC closes tenth Jewish school

NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order. The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a hasidic school in the Williamsburg...

 

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