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  • US-run fund begins reimbursing survivors shipped to Nazi camps via French trains

    (JTA) — Payments have started issuing from a U.S.-run compensation fund for Holocaust survivors deported to Nazi camps via the French rail system. The $60 million compensation fund established in December 2014 has approved 68 claims and is processing an estimated 700 in total, Stuart Eizenstat, the secretary of state’s special adviser for Holocaust issues, said in a conference call…

  • 6 revealing stats about Jewish nonprofits and the people who work for them

    Jewish nonprofit workers are inspired, respected and challenged. They’re also stretched thin, lack regular feedback from their bosses and are itching to switch agencies. Those are some lessons from “Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work?” a study released Thursday by Leading Edge, a partnership of Jewish foundations and federations aiming to draw talented employees…

  • New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers

    (JTA) — In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him from the Nazis. Sharp and his wife, Martha, had spent much of the previous two years smuggling Jews out of…

  • At first-ever UN anti-Semitism forum, ambassadors decry resurgence of hatred

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The United Nations for the first time hosted a high-level forum on anti-Semitism, as ambassadors denounced the resurgence of anti-Jewish hatred and called for renewed efforts to stop it. Israel, the United States, Canada and the European Union sponsored the forum on Wednesday, which followed a General Assembly meeting last year…

  • Buyer of Israeli Olympian’s charity name patch is LA philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz

    (JTA) — Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles businessman, has been identified as the person who bought the Olympic name patch of Israeli bronze medalist judoka Yarden Gerbi. Rechnitz paid $52,100 for the autographed patch on eBay, pledging the proceeds to charity. He donated the money from his winning bid to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center;…

  • Haredim look to Trump as a pro-Israel, traditionalist tough guy — emphasis on ‘guy’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — American Jews are likely to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but American Jewry’s fastest-growing community is likely to go the other way. A solid majority of haredi Orthodox Jews will vote for Donald Trump, say experts and Republican operatives in the haredi enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn. While poll data isn’t…

  • Trump, the Musical: How these Jewish activists hope to take down the Donald

    It’s not on YouTube, it’s close to an hour long, and no, it doesn’t feature Sarah Silverman. But the folks behind “The Great Schlep,” the 2008 Jewish-themed viral video, hope a one-act musical will convince millennials in swing states to volunteer and vote against Donald Trump. The musical, called “Chump,” is a departure in style…

  • ‘Great Schlep’ creators write anti-Trump musical

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The group that created “The Great Schlep,” a Jewish initiative that promoted Barack Obama’s presidential run in 2008, has written an anti-Donald Trump musical to be performed across the country. The musical, called “Chump,” is a satire of Trump’s Republican presidential campaign modeled on “The Great Dictator,” Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 satire of…

  • Why do Florida’s Orthodox Jews support Trump? Because they fear Clinton

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’re voting for Trump because we can’t have Hillary in the White House. She’s not good for us!” Raab isn’t…

  • Muslims look to Jewish example in campaigning for school days off

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, New Jersey, to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. The daughter of a Sephardic Jewish mother and Catholic father, Abdelnabbi-Berrocal never had any trouble celebrating the holidays of both religions…