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 By Ben Sales    News    April 26, 2019

Netanyahu's promise to annex West Bank settlements, explained

(JTA)—Just days before Israel was to hold national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the West Bank as Israeli territory. “I’m going to extend sovereignty,” he said in an interview with Israeli Channel...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 26, 2019

Orthodox communities at the center of a measles outbreak

(JTA)—Rabbi Mordechai Shain isn’t sure about vaccines. Nearly all of the 400 kids in the school he runs, from 3 months old to eighth-grade teens, are vaccinated. About eight or 10 are not. But he’s skeptical that immunization works at all. “M...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 26, 2019

Was a UNC-Duke conference on Gaza anti-Semitic?

(JTA)-"This is my anti-Semitic song," Tamer Nafar, a Palestinian-Israeli rapper, said at the opening of a conference on Gaza last month at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "I know it...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 19, 2019

Netanyahu wins narrow victory

(JTA)-Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel's prime minister as right-wing parties apparently have maintained their majority in the nationwide elections held Tuesday. With mo...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 19, 2019

Airbnb will cancel ban on West Bank

(JTA)—In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website. The policy change came after two federal court settlements Monday between the vacation rental company and two groups of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 12, 2019

Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israel's election

(JTA) - Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel's prime minister as right-wing parties apparently have maintained their majority in the nationwide elections held Tuesday. With...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 5, 2019

The Golan Heights, explained

(JTA)-President Donald Trump recently signed a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Here's what you need to know about the Golan Heights, the 52-year argument over...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 29, 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu's views on a Palestinian state, explained

(JTA)-It wasn't so long ago that most major Israeli politicians supported establishing a Palestinian state. Now it's not clear that any of them do, including the current prime minister, Benjamin...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 15, 2019

How partisan politics are dividing an Orthodox synagogue movement

NEW YORK (JTA)-At the end of March, the National Council of Young Israel, an Orthodox synagogue association, will hold a gala dinner hosted by Pete Hegseth, the co-host of "Fox & Friends." The...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

Bibi's scandals explained

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to court on corruption charges-he says he's innocent. Netanyahu was indicted in three cases Thursday pending a court hearing. It's the first ti...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

Deborah Lipstadt quits synagogue after its national affiliate backs Netanyahu's overture to far-right party

(JTA)—Deborah Lipstadt, the prominent Holocaust historian, is resigning her membership in her local synagogue because it belongs to a movement that defended an Israeli political deal with the extremist right wing. Lipstadt belonged to Young Israel...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

US Orthodox group defends Netanyahu's deal with far-right

NEW YORK (JTA)—An American Orthodox Jewish group is defending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to work with a far-right political party. It is the first statement by a major American Jewish organization defending...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    March 1, 2019

Meet the Jewish DACA UCF student

ORLANDO (JTA)-He's not just a student at the University of Central Florida, he is the student president. Growing up, Josh Boloña was just like a lot of kids in South Florida: He was a Latino...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 1, 2019

Will Israel be the fourth country to land on the moon?

(JTA)-He's spent eight years trying to land a spacecraft on the moon, but when Yonatan Winetraub stood on the launchpad this month at Florida's Cape Canaveral, he was still in shock. "I stood right ne...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 15, 2019

Orthodox rabbis compare abortion to murder-and Orthodox women are angry about it

NEW YORK (JTA)—When New York State liberalized its abortion law last week, the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention unsurprisingly released statements slamming the action. And they were joined by two large Orthodox Jewish religious...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 1, 2019

How the Forward ran low on cash-and miracles-before ending its print edition and laying off its top editors

NEW YORK (JTA)-A decade ago, the publisher of the Jewish Daily Forward asked his board to believe in miracles. "We are supposed to believe in miracles; we are forbidden to rely on them, " Sam Norich w...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    January 25, 2019

Illinois governor opens up about his family's immigrant past

(JTA)—J.B. Pritzker’s great-grandfather slept in a train station on his first night in Chicago. Now his billionaire descendant is about to become the governor of Illinois. Pritzker, a Jewish venture capitalist and Democrat, defeated the Republica...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 11, 2019

Can anyone beat Benjamin Netanyahu?

(JTA)—Israeli police want him to be indicted in three separate corruption cases. He’s embattled from left and right for his attacks on Gaza and his policy in the West Bank. He’s made a point of cozying up to controversial right-wing...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 28, 2018

The fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv isn't fast and doesn't go to Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As our train hurtled through the tunnel-my ears popping on the descent-and then burst out into sunlight bathing a landscape of fields and rocky hills, I finally let myself feel impress...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 28, 2018

A lot of the bread in the US will no longer be kosher

By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)-The largest baking company in the United States will be removing kosher certification from nearly all of its bread and rolls. Bimbo Bakeries USA confirmed to JTA that it...

 

This Santa Claus is an Orthodox Jew

(JTA)-Just like any other Santa Claus, Santa Rick will spend much of the next couple of weeks sitting children on his knee, asking whether they've been good and listening to their Christmas wishes....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 23, 2018

Netanyahu says he supports a Palestinian 'state-minus' controlled by Israeli security

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that he supported a Palestinian “state-minus,” wherein Israel would maintain a military presence across Israel and the West Bank. Netanyahu also said in a question-and-answer...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 16, 2018

More than 75 percent of Jews voted for Democrats in the midterms

(JTA)—More than 75 percent of Jews voted for Democrats on an Election Day that was also good to Jewish congressional candidates. A poll conducted by GBA Strategies, a Democrat-aligned pollster, and commissioned by the liberal Israel lobby J...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 16, 2018

Here are the results in Tuesday's races that matter most to Jews

(JTA)—Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections held Nov. 6, with Jewish Congress members poised to take key leadership roles. Republicans looked to increase their majority in the Senate. Five Jewish Democrats...

 

Stars of Hope brings comfort to Pittsburgh with help of trauma survivors

PITTSBURGH (JTA)-In the middle of the day on Tuesday, above a growing pile of wilting flower bouquets and sympathy cards, five wooden, five-pointed stars hung on a signpost in front of Tree of Life...

 

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