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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Report: Israel warned Brussels about airport security

    (JTA) — Israel reportedly warned Belgian officials several weeks ago about inadequate security at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport. The warning came from Israeli officials charged with evaluating security standards at airports that operate flights to Tel Aviv, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Wednesday. The Israelis found “significant shortcomings” at the airport, which was the scene of two deadly…

  • Kasich vows not to be ‘neutral’ in defending Israel

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican presidential contender John Kasich, speaking before thousands of Israel activists, took aim at front-runner Donald Trump’s comment that he would remain “neutral” in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace. “We cannot be neutral defending our allies,” Kasich, the governor of Ohio, told the crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in…

  • Bernie Sanders: ‘All options’ on table if Iran cheats on nuclear deal

    (JTA) — In the text of the speech Bernie Sanders would have delivered to the AIPAC conference, the Vermont senator laid out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a rare foray into foreign policy, Sanders said peace would require recognition of Israel’s right to exist and the end of threats to its security….

  • Andrew Silow-Carroll tapped to lead JTA

    NEW YORK (JTA) – 70 Faces Media has hired veteran journalist Andrew Silow-Carroll to be the editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the nearly century-old international news agency known as JTA. For the past 10 years, Silow-Carroll has served as CEO and editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. His weekly…

  • NYC council members drafting bill to fight campus anti-Semitism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Members of the New York City Council’s Jewish caucus are drafting legislation aimed at combating anti-Semitism at the City University of New York. Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the 14-member caucus, said he expects legislation to be submitted within a month, the New York Post reported Wednesday. The law would require…

  • Where Donald Trump stands on Israel and the Jews

    With Donald Trump sweeping to a resounding victory in seven Super Tuesday states Tuesday night, Republicans awoke this morning to the reality that the New York real estate magnate had solidified his status as the front-runner for the party nomination. And while his candidacy has deeply unsettled many in the GOP establishment, not to mention its influential…

  • Oberlin prez ‘respects’ free speech of faculty member behind anti-Semitic Facebook post

    (JTA) — In response to an article revealing that an Oberlin College professor made numerous postings about Jews and Israel to Facebook, the liberal arts college’s president said Oberlin “respects the right of its faculty, students, staff and alumni to express their personal views.” Marvin Krislov’s statement came after The Tower on Thursday published an article about…

  • Thriving indie Jewish communities join forces to create rabbinic fellowship

    The communities of the Jewish Emergent Network have been widely hailed for their innovative spirit and proven success in attracting the young and unaffiliated.

  • JTS sells $96 million in real estate, will use proceeds to finance redevelopment

    The Conservative movement’s flagship seminary will use proceeds from the sale to construct a new state-of-the-art library and a 150-bed dormitory at its New York City campus.

  • Oberlin College president to discuss campus anti-Semitism with alums

    Marvin Krislov will discuss the campus climate several weeks after 200 alumni wrote the administration to raise concerns about a college culture they see as tolerant of anti-Semitism.