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People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

The second-season standout think he knows why. “Because I’m from Long Island and it sounds like Katz,” he said of his surname.

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Interfaith couple files complaint against Illinois hotel owner who refused to host wedding

Jewish-Christian couple from Wisconsin claim inn owner said he would rent space only for a Christian wedding, not their non-religious one.

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Israel & Middle East

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking onstage during the 2016 Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, May 3, 2016. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Tony Blair: Sunni states ready to normalize Israel relations on basis of Arab Peace Initiative

"A lot will depend on the response of the Israeli government," said the former British Prime Minister.

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Children, pictured here, as well as adults, are "students" at the Museum of the Jewish People's International School for Jewish Peoplehood. (Courtesy of Beit Hatfutsot—Museum of the Jewish People)


Telling the Jewish story in a museum’s halls — and its school without walls

The International School for Jewish Peoplehood at Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People develops, curates and ships educational programs to classrooms around the globe.

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