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 By Ben Sales    News    January 28, 2022

JCC Manhattan's new director wants to help people 'reclaim pre-COVID life'

\(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Almost exactly 18 months ago, as the U.S. settled into its first pandemic summer, the Upper West Side’s flagship Jewish community center delivered some bad news to its staff: more than a third of them would be...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 17, 2021

Israeli minister promises progress on prayer space

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Israel will set plans in motion to renovate the non-Orthodox prayer space at the Western Wall, an Israeli official said Tuesday in New York.  The current Israeli government is expected to implement an agreement,...

 

Former champ Yuri Foreman is now the 'Vegan Boxing Rabbi,' certifying kosher doughnuts

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Yuri Foreman's professional peak as a boxer arguably came 11 years ago, when he faced off against Miguel Cotto in a marquee boxing match at Yankee Stadium.  The...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 10, 2021

Facing protest from his socialist allies, Rep. Jamaal Bowman opens up about his recent trip to Israel

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Speaking to a group of college students, Rep. Jamaal Bowman expressed no regret about taking a recent trip to Israel and the West Bank with the liberal pro-Israel group J Street, despite intense backlash from his...

 

Here's what Marty Markowitz, former Brooklyn borough president, has to say about Marty Markowitz of 'The Shrink Next Door'

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Marty Markowitz, the former borough president of Brooklyn, has never listened to the popular podcast called “The Shrink Next Door.” He’s only vaguely aware that it’s now a TV series with an A-list cast. He...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 26, 2021

In speech to Jewish group, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul calls out Democrats who are 'questioning our commitment to Israel'

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In what was billed as her first speech to a Jewish audience as New York’s governor, Kathy Hochul vowed to fight hate crimes and criticized fellow Democrats over their positions on Israel. The speech, delivered vir...

 

The real Jewish story behind the Will Ferrell-Paul Rudd series 'The Shrink Next Door'

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - One of the first images of "The Shrink Next Door," the limited series premiering Friday on Apple TV+, is of a smiling man wearing a huge kippah, chatting at a party...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    October 22, 2021

Sally Rooney: Israeli publishers can't put out my new book for now, but Hebrew translation 'would be an honour'

(JTA) — The bestselling author Sally Rooney said she decided not to publish her latest novel with an Israeli publishing house because she supports a boycott of Israel, but added that a non-Israeli press could still publish the book in Hebrew. Roone...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to American Jewish leaders: 'We have to redesign our relationship'

NEW YORK (JTA) - The first thing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, facing a room full of the leaders of the American Jewish community: "I wish my mom were here." The son of American...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Seattle City Council won't bar police from training with Israeli forces

(JTA) — In a contentious meeting last week, the Seattle City Council narrowly voted down legislation that would have prohibited the city’s police department from conducting training with Israeli forces. The bill, which was defeated by a vote of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Los Angeles teachers union votes to postpone Israel boycott motion indefinitely

(JTA) — Los Angeles’ main teachers union voted Thursday to indefinitely postpone a motion in favor of boycotting Israel. For months, the United Teachers of Los Angeles, which has approximately 30,000 members, has been debating a motion to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Survey of Jewish fraternity and sorority finds most respondents experienced antisemitism on campus

(JTA) — A survey of members of AEPi and AEPhi, the most prominent national Jewish fraternity and sorority, found that large numbers of respondents have experienced antisemitism on campus. The survey also found that about half of respondents have...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Poway shooter pleads guilty to 113 hate crimes charges

(JTA) — The man who opened fire on a synagogue in Poway, California in 2019, killing one and injuring three, has pleaded guilty to a 113-count federal hate crime indictment. The guilty plea comes with a recommended sentence of life in prison plus...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 1, 2021

Iraq issues arrest warrant against activists who called for normalization of ties with Israel

(JTA) — Hundreds of Iraqi civic leaders and activists attended a conference calling for the country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. But Iraq’s government rejected the call and is now seeking to arrest the leaders of the confer...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 17, 2021

Josh Mandel, Jewish Ohio Senate candidate, compares Biden's vaccine mandate to the Gestapo

(JTA) — The latest politician to compare government vaccination efforts to Nazi Germany is Josh Mandel, a Jewish Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio. In a video last Thursday protesting President Joe Biden’s upcoming requirement that a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 10, 2021

FBI reports drop in number of antisemitic crimes in 2020 amid rise in total hate crimes

(JTA) — The FBI recorded the largest number of hate crimes last year since 2008, including spikes in the number of anti-Black and anti-Asian hate crimes. Anti-Jewish hate crimes dropped from 953 in 2019 to 676 last year, a decrease of 29 percent....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 27, 2021

Natan Sharansky offered advice to cope with COVID lockdowns - now, he's recovering from the virus

(JTA) — When the world shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Natan Sharansky figured his experience as a Soviet political prisoner meant he had a thing or two to teach the millions of people who were suddenly confined to their homes....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 27, 2021

Progressive Jewish leaders condemn AIPAC for ads slamming 'Squad' members

(JTA) — Dozens of progressive Jewish leaders have signed a letter condemning the Israel lobby AIPAC for social media ads targeting Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the group of progressive Congress members known as...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 13, 2021

The Anti-Defamation League and Hillel are now working together to document antisemitism on campus

(JTA) — Over the last year, Jewish college students took it upon themselves to combat antisemitism at their schools. Now, two major Jewish organizations are working together to play a stronger role in fighting antisemitism on campus. Some of the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 23, 2021

Alleged assailant in stabbing of rabbi charged with hate crime

(JTA) — The suspect in the stabbing of a Boston Chabad rabbi has been charged with committing a hate crime and civil rights offense. Khaled Awad, 24, was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing Rabbi Shlomo Noginski outside of his school and...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 16, 2021

Alleged assailant in stabbing of rabbi charged with hate crime

(JTA) — The suspect in the stabbing of a Boston Chabad rabbi has been charged with committing a hate crime and civil rights offense. Khaled Awad, 24, was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky outside of his school and...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 16, 2021

University of Chicago's Jewish community reels with the loss of 2 students

(JTA) - Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen has counseled Jewish students at the University of Chicago through crises before. But she says the last two weeks have been "devastating." First, Ilan Naibryf, 21,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 9, 2021

Rutgers' Hillel director is worried about Jewish student life as he leaves

(JTA) - As he ends his tenure as the director of the largest Hillel in the country after 20 years in the post, Andrew Getraer says Jews at Rutgers University face a reality out of Dickens: the best...

 

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 Ben Sales    News    July 2, 2021

Palestinian Authority looks a gift horse in the mouth

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal that would have seen Israel give it 1 million COVID vaccine doses in exchange for a later shipment. The P.A. made the move because many of the doses were set to expire in the coming weeks, according...

 

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