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How Judaism and a yearlong trip around the country inspired a run for office

(JTA)-Dafna Michaelson Jenet traces her political career back to conversations around the Shabbat table as a 14-year-old. She remembers hearing her parents and their friends discuss the challenges...

 

A kosher cheeseburger is now possible-well, almost

TEANECK, N.J. (JTA)-For many Americans, no hamburger is complete without cheese. Whether a slice of no-fuss American or something fancier, the cheese melds the beef patty with the bun into...

 

Orthodox cantor snags role on 'Orange Is the New Black'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Cantor Philip Sherman gives me a call after having finished two circumcisions before noon on Tuesday. That's a light day, he explains. On Thursday, he will be performing circumcisions...

 

How the cast of a new 'Fiddler' learned their Yiddish in only a month

By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)-The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's new production of "Fiddler on the Roof" enacts a familiar story in an unfamiliar language. The actors sing about joy and...

 

Why synagogues started putting American flags in the sanctuary

(JTA)-Jewish tourists from North America are likely to notice one big difference when visiting synagogues around the world. Though a plethora of symbols, such as stars of David and menorahs, may be...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    June 15, 2018

Banned from marrying interfaith couples, Conservative rabbis are finding other ways to celebrate them

NEW YORK (JTA)-Emily Schorr Lesnick and Jamila Humphrie always knew that Judaism would play a part in the life they wanted to build together. But experiences with Conservative Jewish institutions had...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    June 15, 2018

Ugandan rabbi: 'We... need to be treated like any other Jewish community'

(JTA)-A Ugandan rabbi called on Israel to recognize his community after the government ruled against allowing members to move to the Jewish state. Rabbi Gershom Sizomu confirmed a report in Haaretz...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 18, 2018

Why these Latin American countries support moving their embassies to Jerusalem

(JTA)-President Donald Trump's decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital drew wide international criticism, with 128 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada...

 

How comic books taught American kids about the Holocaust

NEW YORK (JTA)-In 2008, famed comic book artist Neal Adams and Holocaust historian Rafael Medoff teamed up to create a comic about Dina Babbitt, a Czech Jewish artist forced by the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele to paint watercolors of Roma prisoners...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 4, 2018

What it's like to support Israel at NYU

NEW YORK (JTA)-Though it was raining, students still gathered to celebrate Israel's Independence Day at New York University's downtown Manhattan campus. Passers-by mostly rushed by as organizers...

 

A new study for cancer risk in Ashkenazi Jews aims to be a model for genetic testing

NEW YORK (JTA)—A new study will provide free testing for three mutations that substantially increase the risk for developing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer among people with Eastern European Jewish ancestry. The BRCA Founder Outreach Study (BF...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 13, 2018

Israelis want a solution to the African migrants crisis

(JTA)—When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked back an agreement with the United Nations last week to resettle abroad at least half of the African migrants seeking asylum in his country, it did not play well with the majority of...

 

The first Torah reading in orbit and five other fun facts about Jews in space

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Torah tells how God created the earth and the heavens, although the stories that follow tell us more about the former than the latter. A new exhibit doesn't quite answer...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    April 6, 2018

National Geographic's first Jewish editor in chief opens up about racism in the magazine's past

(JTA)-The editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine made waves when she admitted that the magazine's past coverage was tinged with racism. "For decades, our coverage was racist. To rise above...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 16, 2018

139 Jewish day school leaders sign letter calling for action after Parkland shooting

(JTA)—The heads of 139 Jewish day schools have signed an open letter urging action following last month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. The letter released Tuesday expresses support for the student movement calling for gun reform and...

 

Amar'e Stoudemire just launched a line of kosher wines

NEW YORK (JTA)-Six-time NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher-for-Passover Israeli wines. The 6-foot-10 former player, who returned earlier this month from a trip to the Jewish...

 

These Jewish women say celebrating Purim in the #MeToo era is different

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Meredith Jacobs was taught the Purim story as a little girl in the 1970s and '80s, Esther was made out to be its heroine, while Queen Vashti was its "evil queen." According to the...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 2, 2018

Kids are using hamantaschen to help end gun violence

(JTA)-The college-aged kids of a Jewish congressman from Florida are raising money to end gun violence by selling hamantaschen. Gabby, Serena and Cole Deutch launched the Bake Action Against Gun...

 

Five Jewish victims among 17 killed in high school shooting

(JTA)-They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others...

 

Kosher food and Shabbat at the Olympics thanks to Chabad

(JTA)-Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won't have to skimp on kosher food or Shabbat programming. The...

 

Support for Israel among young evangelicals is solid but slipping

NEW YORK (JTA)—A new study has some troubling news for Israel and its supporters, who have come to rely on the political and financial support of the 25 percent of Americans who identify as evangelical Christians. “Older American evangelicals...

 

Jewish families killed in Costa Rica crash remembered for passionate social justice work

NEW YORK (JTA)-Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes. The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, New...

 

Camp establishes scholarship in memory of family killed in Costa Rica plane crash

NEW YORK (JTA)—A Jewish camp has created a scholarship fund in memory of a family who died in a plane crash in Costa Rica. Camp Ramah Darom, a Conservative summer camp in Clayton, Georgia, established a fund in memory of the Weiss family on...

 

HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky dishes on his cringeworthy Bar Mitzvah

NEW YORK (JTA)-Trivia is having a major moment-and that's thanks, in large part, to Scott Rogowsky. The Jewish comedian has played a huge role in the runaway success of HQ Trivia, the iPhone app...

 

The 7 most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2017

(JTA)-Political turmoil, terror attacks and natural disasters around the world: 2017 had plenty of people feeling down, for good reason. But there were also notable moments of light. As this year...

 

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