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 By Marcy Oster    Features    June 28, 2019

Wedding invitation of Lubavitcher rebbe

(JTA)-An invitation to the 1928 wedding of the seventh and last Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was discovered at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Schneerson...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019

Last living survivor of Nazi death camp Sobibor dies

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The last living survivor of the Nazi death camp Sobibor has died. Semion Rosenfeld died on Monday at a hospital in central Israel at the age of 96. He moved to Israel from the Ukraine in 1990, according to the Jerusalem Post....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes school in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A rocket fired from Gaza hit a school building in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday evening. The building, identified as a Jewish religious school, was damaged but no injuries were reported. It was reported to be...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 7, 2019

Israel is holding new elections

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The blame game started shortly after midnight Thursday morning. The Knesset's vote to dissolve itself and hold a second national election in five months had hardly been posted on the c...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 31, 2019

Netherlands wins song contest

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The Netherlands won the Eurovision song contest 2019 and earned the right to host the international event next year. Duncan Laurence sat behind his keyboard and sang his ballad "Arcade...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 24, 2019

NASA releases photo of Israeli moonshot's crash site

JERUSALEM (JTA)-NASA released a photo of what it says is the crash site of Israel's Beresheet lunar lander. The image taken some 56 miles from the surface of the moon by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 17, 2019

'Chop off their heads,' children sing at a Muslim center's event in Philly

(JTA)—Children at a Muslim center in Philadelphia sing they will “chop off their heads”—an apparent reference to Jews—in a video uploaded by the center to Facebook. The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is investigating the April...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 10, 2019

New York Times says cartoon shows 'numbness'

(JTA)—The New York Times editorial board said in an editorial published Tuesday that the newspaper’s publishing of “an appalling political cartoon” is “evidence of a profound danger—not only of anti-Semitism but of numbness to its creep....

 

Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, killed in Poway attack, shielded rabbi

POWAY, California (JTA)-Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in the attack at a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, is credited with jumping in front of the synagogue's rabbi to shield him from the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    April 26, 2019

Jews who made Time 100 list

(JTA)—One week after winning election to a fifth term as Israel’s head of state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. Other Jewish people on the list include: Facebook founder...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    April 26, 2019

9 takeaways from Israel's historic election

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s election on Tuesday was contentious, historic, crazy—and somewhat predictable. Benjamin Netanyahu seems poised to become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, with the help of his strengthened...

 

ZOA head tells congressional committee that New Zealand shooter was 'left-wing' terrorist

(JTA)-The head of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein, told a congressional committee that the New Zealand mosque shooter was a "left-wing" terrorist, basing his assessment on the killer...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 29, 2019

Muslim and Jewish activists tell Chelsea Clinton she helped cause the New Zealand mosque attack

(JTA)—Two student activists confronted Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on a New Zealand mosque and accused her of being a cause of the massacre. New York University students Leen Dweik, who is Muslim, and Rose...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Political rivals Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu will face off at AIPAC conference

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, will speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington ahead of national elections next month in Israel....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Shtayyeh appointed new PA prime minister

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a Fatah Party insider who was educated abroad as prime minister. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a longtime Abbas ally, was announced on...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Diaspora Jews-a campaign issue

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Diaspora Jews can’t vote in Israeli elections. It’s been proposed and, so far, consistently shot down by Israeli lawmakers. And, let’s be honest, the average Israeli voter rarely, if ever, thinks about Diaspora Jews.  And...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 1, 2019

Louis Farrakhan accuses 'wicked Jews' of many things at Nation of Islam's Saviours' Day conference

(JTA)—Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan blamed “the wicked Jews” for the crisis over anti-Semitism and the Women’s March. “The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 8, 2019

Israeli company's claim for cancer cure may be too good to be true

JERUSALEM (JTA)-A team of scientists at a biotech company in Israel claimed that they will have a cure for cancer-all cancer-within a year. Sadly, their claims were shot down by fellow scientists. In...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 8, 2019

2 political power players join forces to take on Netanyahu in Israel's upcoming elections

JERUSALEM (JTA)-There's a new political power in team in Israel, and it hopes to defeat longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections. Benny Gantz, a former head of the Israeli...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 1, 2019

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel struck Iranian targets in Syria, hours after an Iranian-made ground-to-ground missile was fired by an Iranian force in Syria at northern Israel. The targets struck by Israel Defense Forces warplanes late on Sunday night...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    February 1, 2019

On day of Women's March, Sarsour rejects Farrakhan's anti-Semitism and defends BDS

(JTA)—Linda Sarsour defended the legality of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her speech on stage in Washington D.C. at the third Women’s March. Her critique of anti-BDS laws came hours after rejecting the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements

(JTA)—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements. Airbnb announced in November 2018 that it would remove the listings of...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Groups leave national Women's March

(JTA)—The Southern Poverty Law Center and a major Reform synagogue in New York have disassociated themselves from this year’s Women’s March. Top leaders of the main organization have been accused of engaging in or condoning anti-Semitism, of...

 

Carol Channing, the original star of 'Hello Dolly!,' dies at 97

(JTA)-Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in "Hello Dolly!" on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Robert Luck named to Florida Supreme Court

(JTA)-A Jewish judge in Miami was named to the Florida Supreme Court at the Jewish day school where he attended kindergarten, finishing the ceremony by reciting a Jewish prayer. The appointment of...

 

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