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Harvard, Penn, Columbia announce steps to address antisemitism following campus turmoil

(JTA) — Three Ivy League universities have announced steps to fight antisemitism after weeks of turmoil on their campuses and others. Harvard University has put together a group of advisors to address antisemitism on campus, and both the...

 

Threats to kill Jewish students at Cornell

(JTA) — Police at Cornell University were called to the school’s kosher dining hall, and the campus Hillel warned students to stay away from it, after anonymous antisemitic posts on a Greek life website that included threats to “shoot up...

 

Andy Samberg plays a famous Jewish WWII photographer

(JTA) - An historic wartime photography partnership from the 1940s - often credited as the first to capture many of the horrors of the Holocaust - is getting the Hollywood treatment. Kate Winslet...

 

Unilever wins pensioner shareholder case over Ben and Jerry's Israel boycott

(JTA) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the multinational food company Unilever tied to Ben and Jerry’s 2021 announcement that it would stop selling ice cream in what it called “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Unilever is the...

 

Brooklyn kosher ice cream chain recalls all of its ice cream and frozen desserts due to listeria fears

(New York Jewish Week) — A kosher ice cream chain in Brooklyn is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream and pareve frozen desserts after it was linked to a recent listeria outbreak from another kosher ice cream manufacturer. The recall was...

 

Jewish couple to sue state after foster care agency denied them services

(JTA) — A Jewish couple has grounds to sue the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services after a state-funded adoption and foster care agency denied them services because they are Jewish, a Tennessee appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision i...

 

Russian court extends pretrial detention of Jewish journalist Evan Gershkovich

(JTA) - A Russian court has extended the pretrial detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich for another three months. In a hearing on Thursday at Lefortovo District Court that was...

 

An unused synagogue in Connecticut could soon become affordable housing

(JTA) — A vacant West Hartford, Connecticut, synagogue building, shuttered in 2018, could soon turn into 49 apartments — including affordable housing, a local newspaper has reported. Agudas Achim, an Orthodox congregation established in 1887...

 

British city of York, site of a medieval pogrom, gets its first rabbi in 800 years

(JTA) - For the first time in 800 years, the British city of York, whose Jewish population was decimated in a medieval pogrom, will be home to a rabbi. Rabbi Elisheva Salamo arrived in York from...

 

Yeshiva University, a pillar of Orthodox Judaism, launches master's program for Christian students

(JTA) — Emily Talento grew up with Jewish friends and relatives on Long Island, attending Passover seders, bar and bat mitzvahs and Shabbat dinners. When she arrived at Cedarville University, a private Baptist university in Ohio, she found herself...

 

RFK Jr. on the people to blame for COVID

(JTA) — Speaking at an event geared toward Jewish voters on Tuesday night, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said, “The charge of antisemitism is one that cuts me.” Kennedy, the anti-vaccine theorist and Democratic presidential candidate, was responding...

 

SAG strike puts its brash Jewish president, Fran Drescher, squarely in the spotlight

(JTA) - In the second season of "The Nanny," the sitcom she wrote and starred in, Fran Drescher's character, Fran Fine, refuses to enter a hotel where the busboys are striking. "I'm sorry, but the...

 

David Beckham says he's proud to be 'part of the Jewish community' at London synagogue event

(JTA) - British soccer icon David Beckham is known globally for his bevy of championships as well as the "bend" he could put on the ball during 20 seasons of play. But on Sunday, approximately 600...

 

Ed Asner plays a Holocaust survivor in film being released 2 years after his death

(JTA) — The prolific Jewish actor Ed Asner died nearly two years ago, but his final film will hit select theaters on Friday. In “Tiger Within,” he plays a Holocaust survivor who becomes the...

 

Gal Gadot will be first Israeli actress to get Hollywood star

(JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for her role as Wonder Woman in the eponymous 2017 film and franchise, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year, joining the more than 2,700 members of the entertainment industry who...

 

Ed Sheeran is popular but not as popular as the Talmud, according to attendance figures at MetLife Stadium

(JTA) - British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran came close to setting the attendance record at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, drawing a crowd of 89,106 concertgoers. The current record-holder?...

 

City of Miami Beach agrees to pay $1.3 million to settle Jewish congregation's discrimination claims

(JTA) — The city of Miami Beach has agreed to pay $1.3 million to a small Orthodox synagogue that accused it of discrimination by sending inspectors more than once a week on average for two years At the same time, Congregation Bais Yeshaya D’Kere...

 

A 'gender-sensitive' translation of the Hebrew Bible has hit digital shelves - not everyone is happy

(JTA) — A new Bible translation that eschews gendered pronouns for God is now available through Sefaria, the online library of Jewish texts, prompting backlash on social media from some who see the change as a sacrilege. The Revised Jewish Publicat...

 

Alfred Moses bought the Codex Sassoon for more than $30 million - he just saw it for the first time

(JTA) - On Wednesday morning, Alfred Moses, 94, sat in a small white armchair at a round wooden table in a Manhattan office building as a historian gingerly turned the pages of a more than...

 

Israel to invest $40 million in North American Jewish day schools

(JTA) — Citing “a major crisis in Jewish education,” Israel’s Diaspora ministry plans to pour about $40 million into training educators at Jewish schools in the United States and Canada. Amichai Chikli, Israel’s minister of Diaspora...

 
 By Jackie Hajdenberg    News    May 12, 2023

American couples caught at Tel Aviv airport trying to smuggle hundreds of pounds of Fruit Roll-Ups into Israel

(JTA) — At least two American couples have been caught by Israeli customs for attempting to smuggle a total of more than 650 pounds of Fruit Roll-Ups into Israel, as the country experiences a dire shortage of the snack due to a TikTok craze. A...

 

'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' author to write horror film based on the golem of Prague

(JTA) - The Jewish author of best-selling children's book series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" has been tapped to write a horror film based on the legend of the Golem of Prague. Daniel Handler,...

 
 By Jackie Hajdenberg    News    May 12, 2023

Barbra Streisand is getting the next 'Jewish Nobel,' in prize's return to celebrity tradition

(JTA) — The prize dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” will be going to Barbra Streisand later this year, in a return to its tradition of honoring Jewish celebrities for their lifetime of achievements. The iconic actor and singer is getting the Genesis Pr...

 
 By Jackie Hajdenberg    News    May 5, 2023

Not everyone is happy about duet by 'resurrected'-via-AI singers

(JTA) — Two popular Israeli singers — one the “Madonna of the East,” the other the “king” of Mizrahi music as well as a convicted rapist — have teamed up on a new song in honor of their country’s 75th birthday. The twist: Both Ofra...

 

It's a date!

(JTA) — A matchmaker who says she has successfully paired 200 Jewish couples is the star of “Jewish Matchmaking,” a Netflix series that started streaming May 3. Netflix announced the series, a spinoff of its wildly successful “Indian Matchmak...

 

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