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is JTA’s Associate Director of Outreach and Partnerships. Follow him on Twitter: @hypersem

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  • TIMELINE: Pope Benedict XVI and the Jews

    The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation came as a surprise the world over. Below is a look back at highlights of his eight-year papacy, which included more than a few noteworthy clashes with the Jewish community. 1987 — Catholic-Jewish relations shaken by a comment published in an Italian magazine that Judaism "finds its fulfillment"…

  • U.S. presidents in Israel

    The White House announced last week that President Obama will make his inaugural visit to Israel as commander in chief, which would make him the fifth to do so while in office. Richard Nixon was the first American president to visit Israel in 1974, arriving the day after announcing the resumption of diplomatic relations between…

  • People of the Tweet: Bar Refaeli’s Bar Mitzvah boy, Jewish strip clubs, Obama Israel fuss

    Go Daddy gave that to me as a Bar Mitzvah present <3 — YA BOY WALT (@GO_DADDY_WALT) February 4, 2013 The list of recent presidents not to have visited Israel — Ford, Reagan, GHW Bush, Obama — is about to lose a member. (Ht @peterbakernyt) — David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) February 5, 2013 [[READMORE]] Happy birthday…

  • Skip the chuppah, reverend, we’re in a hurry

    Harry Salpeter’s true 1934 love story — about two young Jews in such a hurry to get married that they found a reverend to perform the ceremony — was a hit with JTA’s Jewish Daily Bulletin readers. "How about a reverend?" And to a reverend they went, not knowing his denomination, and they asked him to…

  • News anchor’s shiva ‘shlip’-up

    Fox 5 NY anchor Dari Alexander has an unfortunate tongue-twister while reporting the shiva of NYC mayor Ed Koch: [[READMORE]] JTA’s obituary of Koch here. For a timeline of JTA’s coverage of Koch, click here. (h/t Harry Searing)

  • Israeli woman fights Tel Aviv City Hall

    Good Israeli entrepreneurship: electric cars. Bad Israeli entrepreneurship: Tel Aviv municipal workers painting a handicap parking space around your legally-parked car and then towing it. [[READMORE]] Victim Hila Ben Baruch didn’t accept her vehicle’s fate without a fight. Rather than pay $366 dollars in fines and towing fees, she procured security camera footage and posted it…

  • How to throw a Jewish historical Super Bowl Party

    From Jewish coaches to Super Bowl anti-Semitism, here are some pro football stories from JTA’s historical coverage, best served with chips and salsa: 1926 Arnold “Arnie” Horween, four-year player and one-year coach with the Chicago Cardinals, is named head football coach at Harvard University. 1934 JTA laments its lack of a sports section as New…

  • Remembering Ed Koch, as a mayor and Jewish activist

    Ed Koch died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, the day a documentary about his life premiered in New York City. As JTA’s Uriel Heilman and Ron Kampeas note in their obituary of the former mayor, Koch wasn’t shy about being Jewish or sticking up for Israel and other Jewish causes — and that’s how he wanted to…

  • People of the Tweet: White House Mazel Tov, Israel Missile Checklist, Putting ‘Bar’ in Bat Mitzvah

    #Israeli Amb. congratulates Denis McDounough on his appointment as the WH Chief of Staff: "A hearty mazel tov 2 my friend & close colleague" — Natasha Mozgovaya (@mozgovaya) January 25, 2013 Water? Check. Radio? Ummm. Gas masks? Ummm yeh somewhere. #Food? I guess. Missiles on #Israel? Could do without thanks.#Syria #Lebanon — Michael Lawrence (@IsraelSpeaker)…

  • Gas masks for kids in Israel

    Purim comes one month early for some children in Israel, after a reported attack on a Syrian convey set off a rush for gas masks. As one Twitter user wrote: Crap’s going down in Syria. Speaking of which, just how do they think I’m gonna get my child in this gas mask? #Israel twitter.com/LivingInTelAvi… —…