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  • One Jew, One Vote: Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer, 54

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. Name: Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer Age: 54 Lives: Monsey, N.Y. Works: Rabbi and teacher Voting for: Evan McMullin, write-in conservative candidate “I believe he stands for morality, stands for ethics. He hasn’t been vetted completely, but evidently [has] a reasonably clean personal record, and seems to be…

  • AIPAC cancels Ari Shavit events following sexual assault allegations

    (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee has canceled Israeli journalist Ari Shavit’s participation in its events after two women accused Shavit of sexual assault. AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, confirmed the decision to JTA after Mondoweiss, an anti-Israel publication, reported that a Nov. 10 San Francisco Bay Area event jointly put on by AIPAC and…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Jeff Bookman, 65

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA will post a brief profile of one Jewish voter. (Thanks for the inspiration, Humans of New York.) Name: Jeff Bookman Age: 65 Lives: Cleveland area Works: Jewelry seller Voting for: Donald Trump “I’m not happy with the choices that we have. I would have picked another candidate, but given the choice that I have,…

  • Ari Shavit scandal shines a focus on organizations’ sexual assault policies

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Hillel International’s swift decision to cancel a campus tour featuring Israeli journalist Ari Shavit has prompted other organizations to consider similar policies on speakers and sexual assault. On Thursday, following allegations that Shavit sexually assaulted a reporter, Hillel nixed a speaking tour featuring Shavit scheduled for later this year. “We actively oppose rape…

  • Among Cleveland’s Orthodox voters, reluctance reigns

    (JTA) — “She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporters of Hillary Clinton in the Cleveland area are saying about their candidate. And some Donald Trump backers? “I wouldn’t even…

  • 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…