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Hebrew National serving up bacon in summer ad campaign

NEW YORK (JTA)-It may be America's most iconic kosher brand, famous for its hot dogs that in the words of its unforgettable ad slogan, "answer to a higher authority." So consumers might be confused...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    August 7, 2015

For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins' N.Y. synagogue

NEW YORK (JTA)—For the first time in about a century, a rabbi from outside the Lookstein family will lead New York’s storied Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. The Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side voted last week to hire as its...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    July 10, 2015

Will Israelis pay the price for a natural gas 'monopoly'?

(JTA)-Israeli consumers are no strangers to high prices. Basic household goods like food and toiletries cost more in Israel than in all but two countries in Europe, a recent Nielsen research study...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    June 26, 2015

What will the ADL lose when Foxman leaves?

NEW YORK (JTA)-If there's one thing that can be said of longtime Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman, who is stepping down this month after nearly 30 years at the helm, it's that he never...

 

TripAdvisor CEO: A tech exec with a soft spot for Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Stephen Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor, an $11 billion company that runs America's leading user-generated hotel review website, thinks back to all the places he has visited, one...

 

Comedian goes big in China-but humor doesn't always translate

(JTA)-How do you tell a joke in China about Jews when the only things most Chinese think they know about the Chosen People is that they're smart and good with money? That was Jesse Appell's quandary...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    June 5, 2015

Houston floods inundate Jewish homes and two synagogues

(JTA)-Two synagogues and the homes of countless Jewish residents were damaged in the floods that swept through Houston on Monday and into Tuesday, inundating homes and businesses, sweeping away cars a...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 22, 2015

One in six Jews are new to Judaism, and other Pew findings

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study offers a trove of data on American Jews based on interviews with 35,071 American adults, 847 of whom identified their faith as Jewish. Here are some of...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    Features    May 8, 2015

Where is the Jewish aid to Nepal going?

NEW YORK (JTA) – Almost as soon as news of Nepal's devastating earthquake reached the wider world, Jewish aid groups began mobilizing humanitarian efforts to help the victims. In Israel, that meant...

 

Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon

BOULDER, Colorado (JTA)-Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count-not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don't call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    April 10, 2015

Obama and Netanyahu dig in for fight over Iran deal

(JTA)—For President Obama, the framework agreement reached last Thursday with Iran is a “historic understanding” that does more to roll back Tehran’s nuclear program than any possible alternative and avoids the risk of a destructive war in...

 

Pew study: Muslims to overtake American Jews by 2050

NEW YORK (JTA) – In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released Thursday, also found that more Amer...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    April 10, 2015

After the nuclear negotiators go home, what happens next?

(JTA) —Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have come to an agreement on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even with this agreement, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30. The six world...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    February 6, 2015

World Zionist Congress elections: a voter's guide

(JTA)-World Zionist Congress elections began earlier this month and run through April 30. Here's a primer on what the congress is, how (logistically) to vote, who's on the ballot, and why you just...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    January 30, 2015

Hezbollah, Argentine gov't fingered in death of AMIA prosecutor

(JTA) – The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman-the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    January 16, 2015

Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close

(JTA)-Amid persistent budget deficits, the Jewish community center building in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park may close this spring. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced Monday that...

 

USY reverses interfaith dating ban

NEW YORK (JTA)-United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews. The amendment was adopted Monday in Atlanta at the annual international...

 

For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage

NEW YORK (JTA)-Ari Engel is homeless. It's been a decade since he last held a regular job and two years since he gave up his apartment. But don't shed any tears for him. Over the last 10 years or so,...

 

Concern over Castro for Cuban Jews in U.S.

(JTA)-For many Cuban Jews-the majority of whom now live in the United States-it has been a bittersweet week. Like countless Jews around the world, they cheered the release of Alan Gross, the American...

 

Extreme views on Arabs don't inhibit Orthodox embrace of Rabbi Pruzansky

NEW YORK (JTA) – If Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, N.J., had his way, Arab rioters and stone throwers would be shot with live ammunition. Arabs would be barred from the Temple Mount for six...

 

For Jews fighting Ebola, specialty is psychosocial therapy

(JTA)-Even amid the unceasing horrors of Sierra Leone's Ebola epidemic, it was a case that stood out. A 5-year-old boy had been found in his home in a remote village, the lone survivor in a house...

 

At G.A., Jewish federations see future in more collaboration

OXON HILL, Md. (JTA)-There was the vice president of the United States, two Supreme Court justices and an Academy Award-winning actress with a compelling Jewish story. There were Jewish...

 

White House aide to be new ADL chief

NEW YORK (JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League's new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt-a special assistant to President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the...

 

For some Orthodox converts, biggest challenges come after mikveh

NEW YORK (JTA)—There was the convert who was barred from a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the Jamaican convert whose boyfriend’s rabbi offered him a coveted synagogue honor if only he’d dump her, the grandmother who told her granddaughter she’d be...

 

Jewish school enrollment up 12 percent, fueled by haredi Orthodox growth

NEW YORK (JTA)—Jewish day school enrollment in the United States is up 12 percent from five years ago, primarily due to growth in haredi Orthodox schools. Nearly 255,000 students are enrolled in 861 Jewish day schools from the pre-K level through...

 

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