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  • 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…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Shira Botzum, 20

      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: Shira Botzum Age: 2o Lives: New York City, from Pennsylvania Works: Student Voting for: Hillary Clinton Why she’s voting…

  • At Jewish colleges, student voters take a dim view of 2016 campaign

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Jacob Silberstein used one word to describe the first presidential campaign he’s experienced as a voter: “underwhelming.” Like many of his classmates at List College, a joint program here between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Silberstein voted for Hillary Clinton. He liked the Democratic candidate’s advocacy of…

  • Orthodox papers duel over printing of Hillary Clinton’s photo

    (JTA) – After one haredi Orthodox newspaper printed a photo of Hillary Clinton, a rival haredi paper accused it of breaking Jewish law. Hamodia, a Hebrew paper in Israel, in an editorial this week denounced the decision by Mishpacha magazine, according to Yeshiva World News. Mishpacha, which is published in the United States and Israel, made history last week by…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Judy Dubrov, 63

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. Name: Judy Dubrov Age: 63 Lives: Kansas City area Works: Deli manager Voting for: Hillary Clinton “I think she has got a working plan for the middle class that she’s going to try to put into effect. I find her to be a brilliant woman….

  • Fear and loathing, but mostly loathing, on the campaign trail

    Some of us are voting for Trump. Most of us are voting for Clinton. But we Jews are all afraid. There are the scandals, yes. There are emails and sexual assault allegations and emails and fraud and racism and anti-Semitism and emails. There are issues like refugees and settlements and Iran and not destroying the…

  • Chorus of Jewish groups declares support for Standing Rock protest

    (JTA) — Several Jewish groups have voiced their support for the Native American-led protest of an oil pipeline that would run near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota, with some rabbis traveling to the protest in solidarity. Other rabbis have been arrested in local demonstrations supporting the protest. A rabbi…

  • For Jewish feminists supporting Clinton, rise of Trump clouds joyous moment

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In 1972, Susannah Heschel submitted an application to the Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical school as a protest of its refusal to ordain women at the time. In the 1980s, she originated the practice of placing an orange on the seder plate to symbolize the inclusion of women and other marginalized Jews….