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  • Jewish groups mobilize in Baton Rouge to aid flood victims

    (JTA) — At midnight on Aug. 13, the floodwaters began to flow into Ellen Sager’s Baton Rouge home. Her husband grabbed some important family documents, then the couple gathered some snacks and headed to a room on the second floor with their two teenage children. Sager assumed the waters would recede and the family could…

  • A summer at camp exposes Ugandan Jews to America’s food and kids

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Growing up in Uganda, Sarah Nabaggala would often have to walk to a well to retrieve drinking water. Shoshana Nambi, from the same village, Mbale, remembers a childhood where they had little and wasted nothing. So Nabaggala was surprised when the kids at Camp Coleman, a Reform Jewish overnight camp in northeastern…

  • Meet the accent coach who taught Natalie Portman to sound like an Israeli for her new film

    NEW YORK (JTA) — While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel how the air hit her skin. If Portman felt her breath, it meant she was saying the words in an Israeli accent — or…

  • This year’s Hillary Clinton is last year’s Benjamin Netanyahu

    “I’m the most experienced one out there. Security credentials? Check. Economic credentials? Check. Executive experience? Check. I have spent years and years serving the country, longer than almost any other leader in our history. “And you know me. Am I the perfect candidate? No. But you’ve seen me before. You know that if you elect me, our country will be…

  • Christie signs NJ bill prohibiting state’s investment in pro-BDS companies

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill prohibiting the state’s pension and annuity funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. The measure, which was signed Tuesday, was passed in the state’s General Assembly in June by a vote of 69-3 with two abstentions. It had passed the state Senate…

  • Why did Donald Trump launch a Twitter feed in Hebrew?

    The Trump campaign has launched a Hebrew-language Twitter feed, aiming to boost support for the GOP presidential nominee in Israel and raising an interesting question: Just how many potential U.S. voters in Israel don’t speak English? The feed, launched Monday night, is named “Campaign Trump b’Yisrael,” and uses the generic handle @USAISRAEL2016, though a quick search shows that the campaign…

  • Beth Din of America added to $100M civil suit in Freundel mikvah-peeping case

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Beth Din of America has been added to the list of defendants in a $100 million class action suit against Rabbi Barry Freundel, the prominent Washington, D.C., spiritual leader who was convicted of secretly videotaping women in his synagogue’s ritual bath. On Tuesday, the attorneys representing the plaintiffs filed an…

  • Olympics 2016: 3 times Israel was snubbed in Rio

    If Olympic athletes are any sign of their countries’ attitudes, things don’t look too good when it comes to relationships between Israel and its neighbors. The Olympics at their best allow the nations of the world to forget their differences and, for two weeks, come together under the banner of sports and friendly competition. Of…

  • Author of Black Lives Matter position on Israel defends ‘genocide’ claim

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The co-author of the Black Lives Matter platform passage accusing Israel of “genocide” defended the term, saying Israel’s actions fit in its wider definition. Ben Ndugga-Kabuye co-authored the statement along with Rachel Gilmer, the former board member of a Zionist youth group. Ndugga-Kabuye told JTA he understood why Jewish groups disagree…

  • Jewish pro-BDS group unconditionally endorses Black Lives Matter platform

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel, released a statement unconditionally supporting the newly released platform of the Black Lives Matter movement, which in part accuses Israel of committing genocide. The platform, published Monday by a coalition of more than 50 groups called…