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9 incredible donations to the US Holocaust Museum from New York family artifacts

NEW YORK (JTA)-A hand-drawn portrait of a young man in a French internment camp. A photo of a Jewish girl who survived the Holocaust by hiding in a monastery. A letter detailing efforts to improve...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 20, 2020

New Jersey rabbis decide to shut down their Jewish community

(JTA)-Larry Rothwachs, a rabbi in Teaneck, New Jersey, walked into the meeting Wednesday night between local Jewish leaders and health officials with one set of ideas about how his community should...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 20, 2020

Preparing for the 'worst-case scenario': Jewish aid groups scramble amid the coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORK (JTA)-The run-up to Passover is the busiest time of the year for Masbia, a nonprofit that operates three kosher soup kitchens in Brooklyn and Queens. The organization has to order all...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 6, 2020

Synagogue Jews fleeing Cuba built in Miami is struggling

MIAMI BEACH (JTA)-Palm trees line the entrance to the Cuban Hebrew Congregation, where on a recent Saturday morning, about a dozen elderly people gathered for services. Congregants greeted each other...

 

New York City's latest tactic to combat anti-Semitism: An ad campaign featuring diverse Jewish New Yorkers

NEW YORK (JTA)-New York City is hoping that a new ad campaign will make Jewish New Yorkers feel comfortable despite a recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks. The campaign, launched Wednesday by the...

 

Here's how Jewish groups are reacting to the Trump peace plan

(JTA)—Reactions to President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled Tuesday took a predictable path, with Jewish groups on the right praising the much-anticipated proposal and those on the left criticizing it. The proposal, which...

 

Trump's Middle East peace plan has 99 problems, but Israeli engineers say a tunnel ain't one

(JTA)-President Donald Trump's long-awaited peace plan has been met with plenty of skepticism since its release on Tuesday. Could Trump actually be the one to settle a decades old conflict where so...

 

Jason Greenblatt, Trump's former Middle East negotiator, isn't sure that Israelis and Palestinians are ready for peace

TEANECK, N.J. (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's former Middle East negotiator, made his first public speech since leaving the White House on Sunday night. Greenblatt, 52, who worked as...

 

New York Democrats condemn anti-Semitic attacks, but admit they're not sure why they are happening

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the wake of several attacks on Jews in the New York area in recent months, seven House Democrats representing districts of New York City held a news conference to emphasize that...

 

Jersey City official refers to Jewish 'brutes'

(JTA)—A Board of Education member in Jersey City has sparked controversy with social media comments following the shooting last week at a kosher market there. “Where was all this faith and hope when Black homeowners were being threatened, intimid...

 

Speaking to Israeli-American group, Trump slams Jews who 'don't love Israel enough'

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-President Donald Trump slammed American Jews who he said did not sufficiently "love Israel." "So many of you voted for the people in the last administration. Some day you will ha...

 

The Jersey City kosher supermarket shooting rattled a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (JTA)—Hours after gunfire that started in a cemetery and ended in a shootout at a kosher supermarket here left six dead on Tuesday, there were more questions than answers. As of Tuesday night, the crime scene was cordoned off,...

 

Sacha Baron Cohen calls social media 'the greatest propaganda machine in history'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career out of playing absurd comedic characters, from the dopey Brit Ali G to the Kazakh journalist Borat to the Israeli veteran Erran Morad. He rarely...

 

The Actors' Temple: Inside the synagogue where Broadway's biggest stars used to pray

NEW YORK (JTA)-On a recent Friday night, about 20 people gathered for Shabbat services at the Actors' Temple, a synagogue just a few blocks from Times Square. Rabbi Jill Hausman greeted each one by...

 

These Jews made Time magazine's new list of 'rising stars'

(JTA)—Time magazine is building on its list of the most influential people of the year by releasing a list of “rising stars,” or what it calls the Time 100 Next. The list features what the publication says is an increasing number of...

 

Sister of Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia: 'She's losing it'

(JTA)-In August, Liad Goldberg visited her sister in a Russian jail. It had been four months since Naama Issachar had been arrested at a Moscow airport while on a layover and accused of drug smuggling...

 

Presidential hopeful Michael Bennet: I think about my family's experience during the Holocaust every day

(JTA)-Since announcing his presidential run in May, Michael Bennet has been polling between zero and 1 percent. He didn't qualify for the latest Democratic debate and he's a long shot to make the...

 

How Bernie Sanders became a favorite among Muslim Americans

(JTA)-Bernie Sanders was one of only two Democratic presidential candidates to address the Islamic Society of North America Convention in August, the largest annual gathering of Muslim Americans in th...

 

Elijah Cummings dies at 68

(JTA)-Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Baltimore congressman who worked to build ties between the African-American and Jewish communities in his district, died Thursday in his home city. He was 68. A...

 

Las Vegas rabbi on what it's like to lead a synagogue in 'Sin City'

LAS VEGAS (JTA)-Congregation Ner Tamid is located a half an hour drive away from the Las Vegas Strip, where each luxury hotel seems more extravagant than the next and even on a Sunday morning people c...

 

Photo of Australian Jewish boy being forced to kiss classmate's shoes sparks outrage

(JTA)—Two reports of anti-Semitic bullying at schools in Australia are receiving widespread media coverage. A photo that allegedly shows a 12-year-old Jewish student being forced to kneel to kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate was circulated on...

 

Netanyahu didn't win Israel's election-so why is he getting the chance to form a government?

(JTA)—As votes were counted following the election in Israel, many saw the results as a loss for longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After all, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party won fewer seats than the Blue and White party of his main...

 

The real story behind 'The Spy,' Sacha Baron Cohen's new Netflix series

(JTA)-For "Borat," his 2006 film, Sacha Baron Cohen went undercover as a made-up Kazakh journalist who travels America and gets unwitting targets to share his boorish and sometimes bigoted opinions. I...

 

How lawmakers and Jewish groups are reacting to Israel's decision to ban Tlaib and Omar

(JTA)—Israel’s decision on Aug. 15 to ban Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country has quickly prompted a wave of impassioned responses from across the Jewish community. Pro-Israel groups, including AIPAC, and prominent...

 

What is 8chan, the site linked to shooters in Christchurch, Poway and El Paso?

(JTA)—Not long after news that a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, left at least 22 people dead, reports started swirling that the suspect had posted a manifesto on 8chan, an online forum. Law enforcement officials are investigating a...

 

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