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 By Josefin Dolsten    News    August 16, 2019 

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...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    August 16, 2019 

Dayton gunman showed video of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting to ex-girlfriend

(JTA)—The gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, showed an ex-girlfriend a video of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on their first date. A woman who briefly dated Connor Betts, 24, earlier this year wrote about his troubling behavior in...

 

Richard Stone, Florida's first Jewish senator since Civil War, dies at 90

(JTA)—Richard Stone, Florida’s first Jewish senator since the Civil War and an adviser on the Camp David Peace Accords, has died. Stone died on Sunday at the age of 90, his son-in-law Joel...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    August 9, 2019

Cummings' district's Jewish population

(JTA)—Jewish leaders in Baltimore have come to the defense of Rep. Elijah Cummings, the African-American Democrat who has come under withering attack from President Donald Trump. Trump used Twitter over the weekend to attack Cummings, whose 7th...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    August 2, 2019

The Jewish reporter who brought the 1969 moon landing into America's living rooms

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the 1960s, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn were household names, idolized as god-like figures by a public enraptured by NASA's forays into space. There was...

 

Philip Roth's possessions are being auctioned-here are 9 of the most interesting ones

NEW YORK (JTA)-There are fans of Philip Roth who enjoy his books. Then there are the fans who want to own his typewriters. The latter have their shot: Some of the late Jewish author's typewriters...

 

Emmys 2019: All the Jewish nominees

(JTA)-It's Emmy season again and Jews in the TV industry have plenty of reason to celebrate. Out of all the nominees announced Tuesday, here's a roundup of the Jewish picks on the list. Winners will...

 

What is it like to be a female combat soldier in Israel?

(JTA)—Women served as combat soldiers during Israel’s War of Independence, when the fledgling country needed all the fighters it could get. But following the 1948 war, it took half a century before they were allowed back in combat. Since the...

 

A site to order Kaddish for your loved ones takes a page from Nathan Englander's latest book

NEW YORK (JTA)—In his most recent novel, “kaddish.com,” Nathan Englander imagines a website that a character—encumbered by Jewish guilt—uses to hire someone to say the traditional...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 17, 2019

Swedish-Israeli NASA astronaut Jessica Meir gets ready for her first trip into space

(JTA)-Jessica Meir has been preparing to go into space since the age of 5. She attended her first space camp after finishing middle school and a training program at the Kennedy Space Center following...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 10, 2019

How Jewish organizations train people to prevent shootings

(JTA)—Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein said his Chabad of Poway could not afford to hire an armed guard. Had it been able, or if the government had helped the synagogue bring in one, he believes the deadly attack there Saturday could have been averted....

 

6 takeaways from the Mueller report

NEW YORK (JTA)-Special counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election was released to Congress and the public Thursday, adding new details to what had...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 19, 2019

A Passover seder for Holocaust survivors brings joy, food and some good ol' kvetching

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (JTA)-Nine years ago, Ellen Grossman wanted to do something special for her birthday. "I said we've had enough parties and enough pocketbooks and enough jewelry-do something different,...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 29, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about Beto O'Rourke

(JTA)—Add Beto O’Rourke to the already crowded field of Democratic candidates hoping to unseat President Donald Trump. The El Paso native and former congressman hopes to build on the buzz that...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 15, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about John Hickenlooper

(JTA)-John Hickenlooper is the latest Democrat who thinks he can win back the White House in 2020. The former Colorado governor and self-described "extreme moderate" announced his candidacy on Monday...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 1, 2019

Kraft prostitute scandal is another PR headache

(JTA)—With the announcement last month that it had picked Robert Kraft as its 2019 laureate, the Genesis Prize seemed poised for a calmer year. Last year the foundation that awards the “Jewish Nobel,” as it’s called, picked actress and...

 

Jewish women launched challah baking businesses

NEW YORK (JTA)-Mandy Silverman remembers being scared of the kitchen as a child. "There was a constant joke in my house growing up that I would mess up instant iced tea," she recalled in a phone inter...

 

How a Jewish brother and sister are making political history

(JTA)-Only days after being sworn into the Illinois House of Representatives on Sunday, Rabbi Yehiel Kalish paid a visit to Israel. The father of six said he needed guidance from rabbis in the Jewish...

 

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wins $1 million 'Jewish Nobel' prize

(JTA)-New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is the winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, the so-called Jewish Nobel. Kraft, 77, will be giving the money "to initiatives combating anti-Semitism...

 

Jewish employees affected by the government shutdown are getting some help from this organization

(JTA)—Jewish federal employees who are struggling with expenses due to the government shutdown can now find some relief. The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington approved an emergency program last week to provide loans of up to...

 

7 of the most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2018

(JTA)-This year hasn't been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the United States and abroad, there have been...

 

Israel has a bobsled team

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the span of just a couple days, Chaim Raice went from never having been on a bobsled to being a contender to represent Israel in the 2022 Winter Olympics. And it all started with a...

 

New Yorker cartoonist Liana Finck draws on the light and shadows of her Jewish upbringing

NEW YORK (JTA)-Liana Finck is in the eating area of a grocery store in Southampton, New York, and I've interrupted her beach excursion. Once a week, the Brooklyn-based illustrator rides a train to the...

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Hebrew in address at anti-Semitism conference

NEW YORK (JTA)—Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated the company’s commitment to fighting hate and used a Hebrew phrase to do so. Cook invoked a phrase from Leviticus 19:16 in its original language on Monday at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never Is...

 

How a rabbi saved 4 Torah scrolls from being destroyed in the California wildfires

(JTA)-The death toll and damage continue to rise in California in the wildfires ravaging the state. More than 6,400 homes have been damaged and at least 31 people have been killed, according to CNN....

 

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