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  • Yeshiva U makes it official: Ari Berman will be next president

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Yeshiva University’s board of trustees has officially selected Rabbi Ari Berman as the school’s next president. Berman, whose appointment was announced Wednesday, will assume the position in July, according to a news release. As JTA first reported in September, Berman had emerged as the top candidate in the search to succeed Richard…

  • Stephen Bannon backed in statement from Republican Jewish Coalition board member

    (JTA) — A Republican Jewish Coalition board member has issued a statement supporting Stephen Bannon, who was appointed chief strategist for President-elect Donald Trump. Tuesday’s statement from Bernie Marcus, a co-founder of Home Depot, comes in response to condemnations of Bannon aired since his appointment Sunday, in part from several Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation…

  • At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition

    NEW YORK (JTA) — After Brett Parker’s great-grandfather fled the pogroms in Europe and came to the United States, he opened a drug store where he sold comic books. Each week he would give his grandson, Parker’s father, five comic books to take home. Growing up during the early years of Superman instilled in Parker’s…

  • David Duke among white supremacist leaders praising Trump for Stephen Bannon appointment

    (JTA) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was among the prominent white supremacists who celebrated President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon, the former head of a so-called alt-right news site, as his chief strategist. “I think that’s excellent,” Duke said, according to CNN. “I think that anyone that helps complete the program and…

  • Jews and Muslims ramp up alliances in wake of Trump’s election

    (JTA) — For years, whenever Jews and Muslims engaged in dialogue and activism together, it usually concerned — or foundered — on one issue: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, that appears to be changing. Regardless of what’s happening across the ocean, Jews and Muslims in the United States are joining…

  • Stephen Bannon: 5 things Jews need to know about Trump’s chief strategist

    (JTA) — On Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump appointed Stephen Bannon to be his chief strategist. Before joining Trump’s campaign, Bannon was the chairman of Breitbart News, a site steeped in conspiracy theories that has featured the white supremacist, anti-Semitic ideologies of the so-called alt-right. Bannon has also been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks himself. The Anti-Defamation…

  • In red states, Trump victory leaves many Jews feeling doubly like outsiders

    (JTA) — At 6:30 Wednesday morning, Oklahoma City Rabbi Abby Jacobson received a text from one of her teenage congregants expressing sadness at the presidential election results — and fear. “She said, ‘I’m sorry for texting you, rabbi, but I can’t say any of this at school,’” related Jacobson, the spiritual leader at the Conservative…

  • 5 of Leonard Cohen’s most Jewish songs

    Leonard Cohen, whose death was announced last night, was one of the most explicitly Jewish popular songwriters since the ancient King David, whose Psalms he expertly imitated over a five-decade career. Cohen was the grandson of two distinguished Canadian rabbis, one of whom helped found many of Montreal’s central Jewish and Zionist institutions. The other, who…

  • Could Bernie Sanders have beaten Donald Trump?

    (JTA) — At the start of his campaign, he was dismissed as a fringe protest candidate, an old man with messy hair whose ideas were too extreme to win a national election. But now that Democratic mainstay Hillary Clinton has lost the election to Donald Trump, it’s worth asking: Would Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old Jewish…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Ari Teman, 34

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. Today, on Election Day, we’re posting two slightly longer editions — one of a Jewish Trump voter and one of a Jewish Clinton voter. Name: Ari Teman Age: 34 Lives: New York and Tel Aviv Works: Cyber security firm owner and comedian Voting for: Donald…