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  • Jewish Museum poster defaced with swastikas in New York subway station

    (JTA) — Swastikas were scrawled on a poster in a Manhattan subway station advertising an exhibit at New York’s Jewish Museum. The poster, hanging in the Dyckman Street station on the A train line, was found to be defaced with four swastikas, drawn in black marker, on Monday night and “Jewish Museum” crossed out. In addition,…

  • American wins International Adult Bible Contest in Jerusalem

    (JTA) — Yair Shahak of New York City was one of two winners of the International Adult Bible Contest in Jerusalem. Shahak, 28, representing the U.S., shared the honor with Israeli Yafit Silman, according to Ynet News. Shahak’s wife, Yaelle Frohlich, was also a finalist in the competition, representing Canada. The contest ended on Dec. 28….

  • 2 menorahs vandalized in Brooklyn

    (JTA) — Two menorahs have been vandalized on Brooklyn playgrounds during Hanukkah. One in the Prospect Heights neighborhood was twisted and knocked off its base, according to the news website DNAinfo. In adjoining Park Slope, a menorah had a branch torn off and its wiring ripped out and cut. Rabbi Mendy Hecht of the Chabad…

  • Jewish groups split on Kerry’s settlements speech

    (JTA) — Jewish organizations split along ideological lines in their reactions to Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech criticizing Israeli settlement growth and laying out principles to achieve a two-state solution. Centrist groups were measured in their reactions, criticizing the American decision to abstain last week on a U.N. vote rebuking the settlements while praising Kerry’s commitment…

  • Kerry and Netanyahu fight it out one more time over Israeli settlements

    NEW YORK (JTA) –There was little new in the dueling speeches of John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu. In remarks from the State Department on Wednesday, the secretary of state reiterated the vehement opposition of the United States to Israeli settlement construction and its belief that the chances for Israeli-Palestinian peace are dying. The Israeli prime minister countered shortly after…

  • This 15-year-old Orthodox girl is a pingpong champion

    NEW YORK (JTA) – She’s beaten a table tennis Hall of Famer. She’s beaten Jewish philanthropists in suits and high heels. She’s beaten tennis champion Rafael Nadal. And she’s only 15. Like many Orthodox Jewish teens, Estee Ackerman was raised around a basement pingpong table, a traditional gathering spot for Sabbath-observant kids on long Saturday…

  • Netanyahu ‘deeply disappointed’ in Kerry’s speech, rejects UN vote

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a policy speech by Secretary of State John Kerry, saying the emphasis by the United Nations and the Obama administration on settlement construction downplayed the role of Palestinian repudiation of Israel’s legitimacy as an obstacle to peace. “How can you make peace with someone who rejects your very existence?”…

  • Baltimore man arrested in child sex abuse

    (JTA) — A Baltimore man was arrested for allegedly committing a range of sexual abuse offenses. Yosef Goldman, 35, was taken into custody at his home on Monday by city police. Charges include child sex abuse and first- and second-degree rape, Baltimore’s Fox 45 News reported. “The victim is a juvenile,” T.J. Smith, the police’s…

  • Jewish family faces backlash after being blamed for Christmas play cancellation

    (JTA) — A Jewish family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has faced backlash after being blamed for causing a local elementary school to cancel its annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” The family has declined to have its name published. But Rabbi Jack Paskoff of Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, who has spoken with the family, confirmed to JTA…

  • Police, FBI on alert after threats to Montana Jewish residents

    (JTA) — Police in Whitefish, Montana, are conducting extra patrols after a white supremacist website called on readers to “take action” against Jewish residents there. Police are reviewing emails and social media posts sent to the Jewish people mentioned in the post, which appeared on the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, last week, according to…