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  • Inside the $125 million Jewish international aid industry

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Eighty percent of Jews live in two countries — Israel and the United States — but Jewish organizations are spending more and more of their money elsewhere. Jewish aid to the developing world — the impoverished set of countries your zayde called the “third world” — has grown quickly in the…

  • Alan Dershowitz explains why he is assisting a group accused of promoting female genital mutilation

    (JTA) — Alan Dershowitz is advising a Muslim group accused of promoting female genital mutilation to instead adopt a variation of the Jewish circumcision ritual. Dershowitz, the retired Harvard law professor who has worked on a number of high-profile cases, was hired recently as a consultant to a team defending two Detroit-area doctors and a wife one…

  • 80% of Reform rabbis are Democrats. That’s higher than any other clergy.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The vast majority of Reform and Conservative rabbis affiliate as Democrats, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday by Yale University, found that more than 80 percent of Reform rabbis, and about 70 percent of Conservative rabbis, affiliate as Democrats. Both were among the top five most Democratic clergy of…

  • Michael Steinhardt thinks American Jews need to stop focusing on religion

    Mt. Kisco, N.Y. (JTA) — Michael Steinhardt has poured millions of dollars into ventures for American Jews. But he’s no fan of American Judaism. The hedge-fund billionaire turned mega-philanthropist is best known as the founder of Birthright Israel, the 10-day free trip to Israel for Jewish young adults. More recently, he’s founded a network of…

  • Conservatives lead, but Labour gains big in UK election, exit polls show

    (JTA) — The British Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, is set to gain seats following the British election, according to exit polls. By Thursday night, the exit polls showed that the ruling Conservative Party will get the most votes, but not enough to allow it to govern without adding at least one coalition partner. The…

  • Jewish leaders deny pro-Israel pressure led California university to cancel faculty hire

    (JTA) — A professor at a central California university says pro-Israel groups pressured the school to disband a search committee for a Middle East studies professor. But local Jewish leaders cast doubt on that claim, and say they weren’t even aware the search was taking place. The search to fill the newly created Edward Said Professorship…

  • Sears to pull ‘Free Palestine’ clothing from site amid complaints

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Sears says it will remove a line of clothing featuring the slogan “Free Palestine” from its website. The clothing was offered for sale by a another company, Spreadshirt Collection, and included tank tops, t-shirts and hoodies featuring a variety of pro-Palestinian messages. The clothing was offered for sale through Sears Marketplace, which offers a platform…

  • Six must-read articles about the Six-Day War

    NEW YORK (JTA) — If you’ve been reading the opinion pages of America’s major newspapers recently, you probably know the Six-Day War broke out 50 years ago this week. The war’s broad, profound and lasting effects have been rehashed time and again: Israel decisively defeated its Arab enemies, vastly expanded its territory, gained control of Judaism’s holiest…

  • Roger Waters: ‘I have made every effort to engage’ with Radiohead on BDS

    (JTA) — Roger Waters said he personally reached out to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke requesting that the band cancel its upcoming show in Israel. Waters, the Pink Floyd bassist who is a leading proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, responded Monday to an interview Yorke gave to Rolling Stone last week in which he…

  • UN secretary-general calls for Palestinian state in statement marking 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

    NEW YORK (JTA) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War. The statement, issued Monday, said the war “resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian…