Apr 4, 2018

Why a Washington Post Essay Angered So Many Jews

April 4, 2018
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What that much-hated Washington Post essay gets wrong about Jewish men
An essay suggesting Jewish men only dated the Christian author to rebel against their tradition set the internet ablaze.
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Donald Trump wants out of Syria. Israel thinks that's a problem.
Israel and other allies want the United States to finish the fight against ISIS and to help prevent an Iranian takeover of parts of Syria.
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What Martin Luther King Jr. learned on a visit to Jerusalem
The civil rights leader was inspired by a walk on the Via Dolorosa in a city still divided between Israel and Jordan.
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Trump administration: Combating anti-Semitism a 'priority,' but no envoy named
The position of anti-Semitism monitor, mandated by a 2004 law, has not been filled by President Trump in more than a year.
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Breaking News
Planned Parenthood boss: Jared Kushner threatened to defund us over abortions

Jewish groups urge Supreme Court to block Trump travel ban

Israeli expectant father dies from savage beating in Russia

Saudi crown prince says Israel has a right to exist as a state

Florida middle school teacher who hosted white supremacist podcast resigns
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Jews mourn death of Martin Luther King Jr.
In April, 1968, thousands of Jews participated in synagogue and interfaith services for the slain civil rights leader.
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What We're Reading

This woman became the first (and only) Jewish Miss America. Then her victory tour was cut short. (Timeline)

Could lesbian drama 'Disobedience' affect how the world sees Jews? (Advocate)

Why you should be eating shakshuka for Passover (Nosher)

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Apr 3, 2018

Cynthia Nixon's Bid for NY Governor Sets Up a Clash Over Israel

April 3, 2018
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Cynthia Nixon's bid for NY governor sets up a clash over Israel
Nixon, who has close ties to a New York LGBTQ synagogue, supported an artistic boycott of a West Bank settlement in 2010.
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Netanyahu officially cancels African migrants deal
The prime minister faced criticism from within his own government coalition and from residents of southern Tel Aviv, where most of the migrants live.
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Bruce Springsteen's guitarist saved by an old bar mitzvah gift
After his guitars were stolen, Nils Lofgren had to borrow one he once gifted to Jewish indie rocker Ben Kweller.
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Deaths on Gaza border hand Hamas a PR victory and Israel an angry internal debate
Bernie Sanders said Israel "overreacted," Israelis on the left said the military was "trigger happy" and the army said its soldiers "targeted specific terrorists."
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Breaking News
Arab-Israeli man shot and killed after crashing stolen car into West Bank bus stop

Lithuanian bill would ban books critical of the country

US Supreme Court deals 'terrible blow' to families suing the PLO

Jewish lobbying increases STEM funding for nonpublic school in NY state budget to $15 million

Netanyahu calls son of murdered Holocaust survivor in Paris to offer condolences
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94 YEARS AGO IN JTA
Greek merchants want Jews to observe Sunday day of rest
In April, 1924, a merchants association in Salonika petitioned the city to compel Jews to cease work on Sunday instead of Saturday.
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What We're Reading

'I married a Jew,' 80 years later (Atlantic)

NOLA at 300: Jewish community prospers and gives back (WGNO)

In the land of my Jewish husband, I found a place in the Jewish tent (J. The Jewish News of Northern California)

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Apr 2, 2018

Israel Cancels Controversial Plan to Deport African Migrants

April 2, 2018
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Israel reaches deal with UN to send nearly half of African asylum seekers to Western countries
The U.N. High Commission for Refugees will find places in Western nations for at least 16,250 of the African migrants from Eritrea and Sudan.
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Conservative Judaism's leadership turns over. Will intermarriage policy be next?
The CEOs of the centrist movement's two umbrella groups are stepping down next year.
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An exhibit on soccer during the Holocaust is on display at one of Buenos Aires' biggest stadiums
As the World Cup nears, a popular Argentine team presents some harrowing tales about the sport.
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Opinion: Israel's Chief Rabbinate is a threat to Jewish unity and democracy
Misguided utterances about black people, monkeys and civil judges are symptoms of a coercive religious bureaucracy, writes the head of Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel.
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Breaking News
Major Jewish donor to UK Labour Party quits over its failure to deal with 'blatant acts of anti-Semitism'

Pope Francis calls for peace in the Holy Land on Easter

Google Israel introduces app detecting your hummus preference — on April Fools' Day

Steven Bochco, creator of 'Hill Street Blues' and 'LA Law,' dies at 74

Trump wishes Jewish community a Happy Passover
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95 YEARS AGO IN JTA
Jewish communists face trial for observing Passover
Twenty communists in Russia had secretly baked matzah, a report said.
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What We're Reading
'Jesus Christ Superstar': Why Jews, Christians and its composers hated it at first (Washington Post)

For Passover, these Orthodox Jews are cooking on live TV (NPR)

Four financial questions for Passover (Financial Times)
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