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New Washington Commanders owner Josh Harris says buying NFL team was 'bashert'

(JTA) - Josh Harris already owned parts of professional sports teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL and the English Premier League. But when the opportunity arose to purchase his hometown Washington...


2,000-plus teens worldwide to descend on Florida for JCC Maccabi Games

(JNS) - Following the historic JCC Maccabi Games in Israel, the world's largest Jewish youth sports event continues with the JCC Association of North America's 41st JCC Maccabi Games and Access...


Obituary - LOTTIE M. COHEN

Lottie M. Cohen, age 98, passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on July 15, 2023. Lottie was born in Moers, Germany, the daughter of the late William S. and Antonie (Lowenstein) Meyer.... Full story



Submitted by the family Sara M. Danziger, a woman of strong conviction, patriotism, and deep faith, peacefully passed away July 20, 2023, in Winter Park, Florida. Born in Guatemala City, she pursued academic excellence, earning a BSBA from the Univer... Full story



Mrs. Cynthia Kalik, 77, of Oviedo, Florida passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at AdventHealth Oviedo following a brief illness. Mrs. Kalik was born May 22, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Jack and Shirley (Betz) Goldfarb. She and her... Full story



Sgt. Steven Sorkin, 75, of Casselberry, Florida, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Advent Health Altamonte Springs following a brief illness. Sgt. Sorkin was born April 12, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Julius and Mollie (Schwartz)... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 4, 2023

What you need to know about Israel's court system

TEL AVIV (JTA) —Israel’s parliament voted on a measure that, advocates on both sides say, will determine the country’s fate — or whether it can even survive. It isn’t a peace deal or an attempt to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neta...


Supreme Court to hear petitions against 'reasonableness law'

(JNS) — Israel’s Supreme Court has decided to hear petitions against the “reasonableness law” that the Knesset enacted last week, with a court date set for September, according to the NGO Movement for Quality Government in Israel. While...

 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 4, 2023

American Anthropological Association votes to boycott Israeli academic institutions

(JTA) – An association for American anthropologists has voted to formally boycott Israeli academic institutions, seven years after shutting down a similar vote, in a sign of the shifting tides of the Israel debate on American college campuses. The...


Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israel rebukes Amman over harassment of religious Jews By Etgar Lefkovits (JNS) — Israel has lodged an official complaint with Jordan over the repeated harassment of religious Jewish tourists at border crossings, the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem...


Paul Reubens, Pee-wee Herman creator and son of a pilot in Israel's war of independence, is dead at 70

(JTA) — I was just out of college when I got a freelance assignment from a small entertainment magazine to interview a rising comic named Pee-wee Herman. Of course that wasn’t his real name, but...

 By Bradley Martin    News    August 4, 2023

Ramaswamy:'I want to go even further than Trump on the Abraham Accords'

(JNS) - If elected in 2024, Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur vying for the Republican presidential nomination, would combat antisemitism as part of a broad campaign against what he believes is a...


IDF uncovers bomb factory in Jenin

(JNS) — Israeli forces located an explosives workshop in the Jenin refugee camp on Monday containing hundreds of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) as well as mines intended for use against armored vehicles. The fighters also confiscated radios a...


New 3D software sheds light on ancient engraving techniques

(JNS) — Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed software, called ArchCUT3-D, to extract and analyze ancient engravings that could lead to a better understanding of the...

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 4, 2023

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter is dismayed not to have inspired more attacks on Jews, psychiatrist testifies

PITTSBURGH (JTA) — “If I have chance, will continue war,” appeared in a scrawl on a notepad, projected onto large TV screens in the courtroom. The image showed a note taken by a psychiatrist in early June as he assessed Robert Bowers, the man...


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