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A Jewish merman for all seasons

As Maksim Merman, the Yellowtailed SeaWitch, Kansan Tikva Naim Briggs advocates for marine life and upends stereotypes about mermaids, Jews and a landlocked life.

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Anne Applebaum discussing her book "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe" in Berlin, Oct. 28, 2013. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Breitbart columnist attacks Washington Post writer as ‘Jewish, American elitist’

Mahmoud Abbas waiting to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 22, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Abbas to attend Peres funeral, Arab-Israeli party leader Ayman Odeh will not

Jackie Walker

British Labour Party activist questions Holocaust Remembrance Day, existence of anti-Semitism

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United States

Jared Kushner and wife  Ivanka Trump attending the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, May 2, 2016. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for

Jared Kushner lauds wife Ivanka Trump’s record on women’s issues

Writing in Variety, the son-in-law of Donald Trump said it took "real courage" for her to bring up issues like equal pay and affordable child care at the Republican National Convention.

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Israel & Middle East

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, center, flanked by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein pays his respects at the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in front of the Israeli Parliament building in Jerusalem on Sept. 29, 2016.  (Hadas Parushl/Flash90)

Bill Clinton joins throng of Israelis in viewing casket of Shimon Peres at the Knesset

Thousands were expected to pay their respects to the former Israeli president a day before his funeral.

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From the JTA Archives

OSLO, NORWAY - 1994:  In this handout from the Government Press Office, (R-L) Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leasder Yaser Arafat, the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners for 1994, in Olso, Norway. (Photo by Government Press Office via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Yitzak Rabin;Shimon Peres;Yaser Arafat

News Analysis: Despite the Pomp and Circumstance, Nobel Laureates Have a Long Road Ahead

Jewish Survivor Reveals Plan to Murder 6 Million Germans

Leonard Cohen

Israel asks Cohen to perform in Nazareth

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Residents of Vishnyeva, Belarus gathered outside of Shimon Peres’ childhood home to pay their respects, Sept. 28, 2016. (Courtesy of Limmud FSU)

Residents of Shimon Peres’ Belarus birthplace gather outside his childhood home

Peres "brought pride to our village through his life and accomplishments," one resident of the remote village of Vishnyeva said.

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From 70 Faces Media


How Shimon Peres Shaped My View of Israel at Age 10


Chinese Candied Apples for a Unique Rosh Hashanah Treat

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Betty Boop’s Secret Jewish Past

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Life & Culture

Amanda Freitag Taim falafel

Mario Batali, Amanda Freitag serve new twists on falafel at popular New York eatery

"I'm not [Jewish] but I am at heart, because I love all this food, the flavors," Freitag said at a tasting event for a falafel dish she created.

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