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USPS releases Ginsburg stamp, 3 years after Supreme Court justice's death

(JTA) - The United States Postal Service has released a new series of Forever stamps honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the late Jewish Supreme Court justice and liberal icon who died in 2020. The stamp,...

 

Elon Musk to join live chat on antisemitism and free speech

(JTA) — Leaning into his latest controversies, Elon Musk is planning to join a bevy of Jewish men for a live chat. The conversation will focus on “X, anti-Semitism, and the future of free speech,” according to conservative pundit and social media...

 

A kosher 'kind of Chinese' restaurant in NJ

(JTA) — Fat Choy was a critic’s pick for its flavorful, inventive vegan Chinese menu when it opened in Manhattan’s East Village in 2021. But pandemic and inflation pressures forced its closure the following year, and its chef, Justin Lee, consi...

 

Flight to Israel has emergency landing in Saudi Arabia

(JTA) — What appears to have been the first-ever passenger flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel has taken place — even though the two countries have not yet established diplomatic relations. An Air Seychelles flight to Tel Aviv made an eme...

 

ADL teams up with Jewish frat AEPi

(JTA) — For its latest effort to combat antisemitism on college campuses, the Anti-Defamation League is turning to a particular brand of college student: frat boys. The Jewish civil rights group is partnering with Alpha Epsilon Pi, the h... Full story

 

After fraternity's replica Torah was destroyed, GWU Jewish students plan rally against antisemitism

(JTA) — A rally is set to take place at George Washington University Monday after a fraternity on campus said a small replica Torah used in its initiation process was damaged during a vandalism spree. The president of Tau Kappa Epsilon, a f...

 
 By Phillissa Cramer    News    July 2, 2021

Group that removed Israeli food truck from event apologizes: 'Our actions were ignorant and inexcusable'

(JTA) — Three days after igniting a social media firestorm by removing an Israeli food truck from a festival, a Philadelphia group has apologized — and vowed to “make up for our mistakes with help from our community.” Eat Up The Borders, which s...

 

The Jewish day school teacher who wagered $18 on 'Jeopardy!' and won $50,000

(JTA) - Astute viewers could find plenty of signs during the recent "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament that one leading contestant had some Jewish bona fides. There was the fact that Meggie Kwait...

 
 By Phillissa Cramer    News    May 8, 2020

Reacting to packed Orthodox funeral, New York City mayor warns 'the Jewish community' and faces swift backlash

By Philissa Cramer (JTA)—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drew fierce criticism late Tuesday after he singled out “the Jewish community” in a trio of tweets announcing that he had instructed his police department to fine or even arrest socia... Full story

 
 By Phillissa Cramer    News    April 3, 2020

Coronavirus shutters 770 Eastern Parkway for the first time ever

(JTA)—As the world shut down around it, the Brooklyn headquarters of the worldwide Chabad movement carried on as usual—until late Tuesday night, when its neighborhood’s rabbinic leadership ordered synagogues closed to combat the spread of the coron... Full story

 

Israel to require 14-day quarantine for all travelers from abroad

(JTA)—Israel will require all travelers from abroad to complete a 14-day quarantine, according to the latest regulation aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The decision, w... Full story

 

Sanders makes Jewish history by winning the New Hampshire primary-again

(JTA)—Bernie Sanders has narrowly won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, racking up additional delegates in his quest to become the nation’s first Jewish president. Sanders, a Vermont senator, was declared the winner late Tuesday with 26% of the v... Full story

 

Trump's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan-these 2 maps tell you what you need to know

(JTA)-The Trump administration put questions about the seriousness of its Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal to rest Tuesday by delivering a 181-page, detail-laden document that outlines a clear-if on... Full story

 

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