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  • One Jew, One Vote: Hildee Weiss, 48

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. (Thanks for the inspiration, Humans of New York.) Name: Hildee Weiss Age: 48 Lives: Cleveland area Works: Freelance writer Voting for: Undecided “I’m very ambivalent about both of them. I’m still not 100 percent sure what I’m going to do. It would probably be a matter…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Rivka Joseph, 28

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. (Thanks for the inspiration, Humans of New York.) Name: Rivka Joseph Age: 28 Lives: Cleveland area Works: Advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse at Jewish Community Watch Voting for: Likely Hillary Clinton (supported Republican John Kasich in the primary) “It’s sad, the way our country is…

  • Cubs vs. Indians: Which team is more Jewish?

    (JTA) — The Cleveland Indians play host to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the World Series hoping to build on their 1-0 lead. Will Indians reliever Andrew Miller have enough juice to shut down the Cubbies again? Can Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta return to his early season form and get…

  • 1 in 4 intermarried couples wed exclusively by Jewish officiant, study finds

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Nearly one quarter of intermarried couples were wed exclusively by a Jewish clergy member, a new study has found. The study on rabbinic officiation in intermarriages published this week by Brandeis University found that a majority of intermarriages including a Jewish spouse were conducted by a nonreligious officiant. Twenty-four percent were conducted by…

  • Black rabbinical student leads ‘Army of Moms’ in fighting Chicago gun violence

    CHICAGO (JTA) — The same week Tamar Manasseh’s African-American son was going to become a bar mitzvah, gang violence killed two 13-year-old black boys who were also from Chicago’s South Side. As she picked out the bar mitzvah suit for her son, Manasseh couldn’t shake the image of the slain boys’ mothers, who were likely also picking…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Ayalon Eliach, 33

    Every weekday from now through Election Day — minus holidays — JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. Here’s our first installment. (Thanks for the inspiration, Humans of New York.) Name: Ayalon Eliach Age: 33 Lives: Boston area, Mass. Works: Rabbinical student at Hebrew College, rabbinical intern at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah…

  • When my synagogue banned my baby on Yom Kippur

    CHICAGO (JTA) — Why did my synagogue ban my baby? It had been more than a decade since I attended my hometown synagogue for Yom Kippur, and it was my first time as a father, so I didn’t know what to expect. But I never imagined standing in the lobby, holding my baby and praying on…

  • Kol Nidre live streams offer forgiveness with a click

    Plenty of American Jews are well known for attending synagogue twice a year, on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Two (or three) days too much? You’re in luck: Forgiveness can be found from the comfort of your couch and the screen of your smartphone. A growing list of synagogues are live-streaming their Yom Kippur services…

  • Labor Dept. hits kosher poultry plant with $317K fine

    (JTA) — The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking to fine a Pennsylvania kosher poultry manufacturer $317,477 for a string of safety and health violations. Birdsboro Kosher Farms was cited by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration last month for maintaining unsafe and unsanitary practices at its production plant. OSHA began the inspection in April after a…

  • Meet Harlem’s African-American rugelach king

    With a JCC down the block and a Chabad on the next street corner over, it’s not surprising that this New York City bakery sells rugelach. But look around the small one-room shop, and you won’t see the usual Jewish kitsch or stylized Hebrew writing adorning the walls. Two certifications from the City of New York,…