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 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...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 2, 2018

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting shakes the city's iconic Jewish neighborhood

(JTA)-When a gunman entered The Tree of Life Congregation and killed 11 worshippers on Saturday, he also struck at the heart of Pittsburgh's Jewish community-the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 19, 2018

How a school for kids with learning disabilities prepared its students for mainstream Jewish high school

NEW YORK (JTA)-Going to high school for the first time last month, Linda Shamah felt like many other incoming freshmen: really nervous and really excited. The large lecture-style classes seemed...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 28, 2018

Israelis want American Jewish help

(JTA)—For years, American Jewish groups have agitated for more religious pluralism in Israel. And year after year, the Israeli government has acted as if the country’s demographic and political realities make any kind of substantial reform...

 
 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...

 

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