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  • One of the Jersey City shooters was a Black Hebrew Israelite

    Ron Kampeas|Dec 20, 2019

    Here’s what you need to know about the movement (JTA)—Police have identified one of the dead suspects in a shootout at a kosher market in Jersey City as David Anderson, who reportedly was once a member of the Black Hebrew Israelites. Here are some things to know about the movement. Are they Jewish? Black Hebrew Israelites can refer broadly to people of African descent who claim to be descended from the biblical Israelites and practice certain Jewish rituals. The movement emerged from a stream of late 19th-century black nationalism that claimed... Full story

  • The king of farce's new play is inspired by his parents' love letters

    Curt Schleier|Dec 20, 2019

    (JTA)—You may not know who Ken Ludwig is, but you almost certainly know his work. Ludwig is the reigning king of theatrical farce. Among his 28 plays are six that made it to Broadway and seven to London’s West End, including “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Crazy for You,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “20th Century.” They have earned him a passel of awards—multiple Tonys and Oliviers, among others—and have been performed around the world. A recent tally revealed there are approximately 1,000 productions of a Ludwig play in the U.S. alone every year. But his lat... Full story

  • Lauder is funding a $25 million campaign against anti-Semitism

    Marcy Oster|Dec 20, 2019

    (JTA)—Billionaire philanthropist Ronald Lauder is funding a $25 million campaign against political candidates in the United States who support or normalize anti-Semitism. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, announced the new campaign, called the Anti-Semitism Accountability Project, or ASAP, on Monday. The effort will include a nonprofit organization and a super PAC. Lauder will have the final say on which politicians—federal, state and local—will be targeted for defeat, according to The New York Times. He is a longtime Repub... Full story

  • Soviet dissident Sharansky named 2020 Genesis Prize recipient

    Laura E. Adkins|Dec 20, 2019

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The Genesis Prize Foundation has announced that Natan Sharansky, a Jewish refusenik, prolific leader in the Soviet Jewry emigration movement and former Israeli politician, will be awarded the 2020 Genesis Prize. The Genesis Prize, dubbed the “Jewish Nobel,” was started in 2013 and is financed through a permanent $100 million endowment. The annual award honors “extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity and commitment to Jewish values.” Sharansky was selected to honor “hi... Full story

  • Knesset grants more funding for campaigns

    Dec 20, 2019

    (JNS)—The last act of Israel’s short-lived 22nd Knesset was to set the date for new elections on March 2, a decision ultimately approved around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday. The bill passed with 94 lawmakers voting in favor and none opposed. It also granted parties tens of millions more shekels to spend on their campaigns—$124,000 per Knesset member and $200,000 per party—in its first and only piece of legislation. The figures represent a 30 percent increase over the funding for the previous election. Legislators explained that the smaller parties... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Dec 20, 2019

    Columbia and Tel Aviv U will offer a dual degree program By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—Columbia University in New York and Tel Aviv University in Israel will offer a dual degree program. Columbia made the announcement last week. Students will spend their first two years at Tel Aviv University and their third and fourth year attending Columbia’s School of General Studies. Upon completion of the four-year program, graduates earn two bachelor’s degrees, one from each institution. Columbia has dual degree and joint degree programs at Scien... Full story

  • Tony Shalhoub draws on his Lebanese background to play his Jewish 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' character

    Emily Burack|Dec 20, 2019

    NEW YORK (JTA)-On a recent snowy afternoon, Tony Shalhoub is drinking tea in a room at the Whitby Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. He's in the midst of a long press day promoting season 3 of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and he just wants to get comfortable. So he gets up before the interview begins to turn up the room's thermostat. "Now it's good," he says in his smooth, deep voice. The move fits Shalhoub's thoughtful personality-he speaks in careful, measured sentences-and it's also something his... Full story

  • Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

    Cnaan Liphshiz|Dec 20, 2019

    (JTA)-The U.N.'s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural expressions. But the carnival's organizers decided they wouldn't wait for a possible censure and instead gave up the designation on its own. On Sunday, the city of Aalst said it wanted to withdraw the Aalst Carnival from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It... Full story

  • The Jersey City kosher supermarket shooting rattled a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community

    Josefin Dolsten and Gabe Friedman|Dec 20, 2019

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (JTA)—Hours after gunfire that started in a cemetery and ended in a shootout at a kosher supermarket here left six dead on Tuesday, there were more questions than answers. As of Tuesday night, the crime scene was cordoned off, keeping onlookers far from the scene. Some two dozen area residents, several reporters and many more police vehicles lingered outside the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive, on the western side of Jersey City. Some of the residents took video or livestreamed the scene on Facebook. I... Full story

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