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 By Shira Hanau    News    April 29, 2022

Wine from a West Bank settlement was served at this year's White House seder

(JTA) - Wine from a West Bank settlement was on the menu at this year's White House Passover seder on Friday hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Dough Emhoff. But a...

 

Estelle Harris, actress who played George's mother on 'Seinfeld,' has died at 93

(JTA) - Estelle Harris, the Jewish actress who played George Costanza's mother on the sitcom "Seinfeld," died Saturday at the age of 93. Harris played the role of Estelle Costanza, the always shrill...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    April 22, 2022

2022 Grammys: Zelensky's video address and other Jewish moments

(JTA) - While the Oscars had a moment of silence for Ukraine and various onscreen messages, Sunday night's Grammy Awards went further - with a video address from Ukraine's Jewish president, Volodymyr...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 22, 2022

US Postal Service honors Jewish poet Shel Silverstein with 'The Giving Tree' stamps

(JTA) - The United States Postal Service released a new series of Forever stamps Friday in honor of Shel Silverstein, the Jewish author and illustrator who died in 1999. The stamps commemorate what...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 15, 2022

Israel's Yair Lapid condemns 'horrific images' emerging from Bucha, as Israeli balancing act on Ukraine continues

(JTA) — Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has joined an international chorus condemning what appears to be mass civilian casualties in areas of Ukraine where Russian troops are pulling out. Lapid’s comments came hours after his ministry...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 15, 2022

JFGO members witness to shooting at Miami-Dade JCC

(JTA) — A woman was killed at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on Sunday in what police are calling an act of domestic violence. Police said the woman was killed by her husband while she attended her...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 18, 2022

Zelensky thanks Israel for support

(JTA) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Israel for its support for his country Sunday, the day after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew to Moscow for a three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I am...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 18, 2022

Israel prepares for wave of immigrants from Ukraine

(JTA) — Around 300 Ukrainian Jewish refugees landed in Israel Sunday, among them some 90 orphans between the ages of two and 12, in the first round of what Israeli government officials are expecting to be a wave of thousands in the coming months....

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 4, 2022

Putin cites goal of 'denazification' of country with Jewish president 

(JTA) — In launching Russia’s war on Ukraine last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a purported need for “denazification” of Ukraine, a country whose president is Jewish. “Its goal is to protect people who have been subjected to...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 4, 2022

Ukraine tries recruiting Israelis and other volunteers

(JTA) — Ukraine’s embassy in Israel tried to recruit Israelis to join the Ukrainian fight against Russia in a Facebook post Saturday. “The Embassy has begun the formation of lists of volunteers who wish to participate in combat actions against...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 4, 2022

Israel now allows unvaccinated tourists to enter

(JTA) — Israel began allowing unvaccinated tourists to enter the country on March 1 as the county’s COVID case numbers continue to decline, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced. Tourists will still need to...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    March 4, 2022

Roblox, popular kids' computer game, removes virtual Nazi gas chambers

(JTA) - Roblox, a collaborative computer gaming platform for children as young as 7, has faced serious criticism over the years for failing to properly moderate its content - with antisemitism and...

 

Tennessee woman says her child was taught 'how to torture a Jew' in public school Bible class

(JTA) — A Jewish woman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says her child was taught “how to torture a Jew” in a public school Bible class. The woman, Juniper Russo, wrote about the incident in a Facebook post that is no longer public. In it, she...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 11, 2022

Jewish activist and IfNotNow co-founder was on a 'Jeopardy!' winning streak

(JTA) - Activists on the Jewish left celebrated over the weekend as Emma Saltzberg, a Jewish activist who helped co-found the Jewish anti-occupation group IfNotNow, extended a "Jeopardy!" winning...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 11, 2022

How this Modern Orthodox yeshiva went viral

(JTA) — The first thing to know about the Yeshiva Har Torah Twitter account is that, contrary to the account’s bio, the head of school does know about the account. And he has given it his blessing. “I don’t think the school is attracting...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 4, 2022

Whoopi Goldberg says Jews are not a race

(JTA) — Whoopi Goldberg apologized for upsetting people by starting a debate on Monday over whether the Holocaust was “about race,” writing that she is “sorry for the hurt I have caused.” But in an appearance that aired that same night on...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 4, 2022

Nazis rallies from Orlando to Chicago

(JTA) — In Orlando, neo-Nazis yelled antisemitic slurs from a highway overpass. In Chicago, a Jewish school and a synagogue were vandalized. In Washington, D.C., a man was arrested and charged with spray painting swastikas on a train station. The...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 4, 2022

Natan Sharansky and Bernard-Henri Levy sign NYT ad urging protest of Beijing Olympics over Chinese persecution of Uighurs

(JTA) - A full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Saturday paid for by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity urged athletes and corporate sponsors to "walk away" from the Olympic Games,...

 

Golden Globes 2022: Andrew Garfield, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story,' win big

(JTA) - Golden Globes fans may have noticed something different this year: The annual entertainment awards were not announced on TV, and not for COVID-19 reasons. NBC dropped the broadcast over the...

 

Remembering Bob Saget

(JTA) - Bob Saget, the comedian and actor famous for playing a wholesome sitcom father figure but who never lost his flair for raunchy comedy, has died at 65. Saget died shortly after performing in...

 

Jon Stewart says the 'Harry Potter' is antisemitic

(JTA) — In recent years, some “Harry Potter” fans have reconsidered their love for the series in light of the controversy surrounding its author J.K. Rowling, who has been criticized for comments about the transgender community. But after the r...

 

Tutu identified with Jews, criticized Israel's treatment of Palestinians

(JTA) - Desmond Tutu, the archbishop who identified closely with the historical suffering of the Jewish people in his forceful advocacy against apartheid in South Africa, died Sunday at age 90. Tutu,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 7, 2022

Israel's chief rabbi calls for victims of abuse by Chaim Walder to come forward

(JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi called for victims of sexual abuse to bring complaints to the “relevant authorities,” saying “there is an obligation to complain to the authorities in charge of these issues, and not hide...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 7, 2022

Children's book author found dead in suspected suicide

(JTA) - Chaim Walder, an Israeli haredi Orthodox children's book author who was accused last month of sexual abuse by several teenage girls, was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide. His body was...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 31, 2021

An intersection on Manhattan's Upper West Side to be named in honor of Shimon Peres

(JTA) — Shimon Peres will soon receive a major honor for a non-New Yorker: the late Israeli prime minister will have a New York City street corner named in his honor. The intersection of West 95th Street and Riverside Drive will be renamed...

 

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