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  • Trump again condemns ‘both sides,’ including ‘alt-left,’ for Charlottesville violence

    NEW YORK (JTA) — President Donald Trump reverted to blaming left-wing counterprotesters along with white supremacists for the violence that erupted at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In startling, off-the-cuff comments at a news conference Tuesday in New York, the president appeared to backtrack from his statement Monday that explicitly condemned neo-Nazis and white…

  • Welcoming refugees to America by teaching them to make avocado toast

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Two chefs — one from Afghanistan, the other from Mexico — are learning how to make shakshuka sauce. The tomato base, cooked with onion rings and spiced with cayenne pepper and garlic confit, comes out of the oven with eggs and onto a curated brunch menu also including a wild mushroom…

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger donates $100,000 to Jewish anti-hate group

    (JTA) — Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which combats anti-Semitism and bigotry, in the wake of the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The actor and former California governor announced the donation Sunday on Facebook, where he wrote that he was “horrified” by the previous day’s rally bringing together neo-Nazis, white…

  • A guide to the far-right groups that protested in Charlottesville

    (JTA) — They believe the “white race” is in danger. They believe the United States was built by and for white people and must now embrace fascism. They believe minorities are taking over the country. And they believe an international Jewish conspiracy is behind the threat. These are the people who were rallying in Charlottesville….

  • The corruption scandals plaguing Benjamin Netanyahu and his family, explained

    (JTA) — He has a firm grip on the government, but a mounting political scandal might bring him down. Officials from his own party have begun to distance themselves from him, but he remains defiant. Oh, and his son is in trouble, too. Just one more thing Benjamin Netanyahu has in common with President Donald…

  • Who owns America’s oldest synagogue? It’s a 350-year-old argument.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The story of America’s oldest synagogue, as told by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter, is the story of American Jewish history. Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, Souter wrote, was built in the 1700s by Sephardic merchants whose community then declined. In the late 1800s, Eastern European Jews arrived in…

  • Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: ‘There may be no solution’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace — as his father-in-law Donald Trump said — he comes off as a reluctant savior. In a speech delivered Monday to a group of congressional interns and leaked to the media, Kushner expounded on the Trump administration’s efforts…

  • Why more Israelis are moving to the US

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabinet members lined up to address a Washington, D.C., conference celebrating Israeli-American identity. The ad campaign, which was pulled following…

  • Larry David and Bernie Sanders are cousins, naturally

    (JTA) — If you thought Sen. Bernie Sanders and Larry David were twins, or at least brothers, you’re not far off. Turns out they’re cousins. David, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star, revealed he was “a third cousin or something” with the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate during a press tour to promote the new season of…

  • Soon there will only be one Judaica store left in Manhattan

    NEW YORK (JTA) —  Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughter’s wedding. When they would come in to Seltzer’s store to order a kippah for their new grandson, then ask him to attend the bris. Or they would stop in…