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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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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, “,” Nathan Englander imagines a website that a character—encumbered by Jewish guilt—uses to hire someone to say the traditional... Full story

 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... Full story

 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.... Full story


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... Full story

 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,... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story


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