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  • When Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter pretended he was Jewish

    (JTA) — Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter announced that he will step down after 25 years at the helm of one of the world’s best-known magazines. Carter, 68, said Thursday that it was “simply time” for him to move on and enjoy some time off before deciding on a “third act.” He had planned to…

  • Sara Netanyahu to be indicted for fraud

    (JTA) — The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on four counts of fraud for allegedly diverting some $100,000 in public funds for her family’s personal use, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said. Mandelblit gave Sara Netanyahu the news on Friday, according to Army Radio. “The attorney general examined the case evidence…

  • Jews may travel on Shabbat to escape Hurricane Irma, haredi rabbi says

    (JTA) — An influential Ashkenazi rabbi in Israel said Jews may travel on Shabbat to escape Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm that is expected to hit Florida over the weekend. But some Jews in flood-prone areas are determined to ride out the storm, another rabbi said. Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who receives thousands of followers…

  • Terrorist attacks against Israelis drop dramatically following harsh July

    (JTA) — The number of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis fell by more than half last month from July, constituting the sharpest decrease in incidents since 2015. The Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, recorded 110 terrorist attacks in August compared to 222 the previous month, when tensions around the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem generated…

  • I was disappointed to learn we were having a girl. Is that a sin?

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — When the obstetrician told us last fall that we were expecting a girl, I was overcome with a mix of apprehension and what I can only describe as disappointment — followed immediately by shame. I was horrified by my initial reactions. I felt guilty as I remembered my late mother, Abigail Bechler,…

  • Anne Frank’s diary is now a comic book

    PARIS (JTA) — In a bid to preserve interest in the Holocaust by future generations, the Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation unveiled the first authorized comic book based on the teenager’s famous diary written in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam. The 148-page adaptation, which is to be published Sept. 18 in France and in some…

  • Poland’s Jewish revival is marred by community infighting

    (JTA) — For close to 30 years, leaders of Polish Jewry have been celebrating what they call the revival of their once-great community from near annihilation during the Holocaust. On occasions like the opening of Jewish kindergartens and other communal institutions, often held up as the first since the genocide, activists note milestones, contrasting them…

  • Haredi Orthodox man says he was punched, called a ‘Jew’ in Antwerp attack

    (JTA) – Police in Belgium apprehended and briefly detained a man who allegedly assaulted a haredi Orthodox man on the street in Antwerp while shouting “Jew.” The incident happened Friday evening on a central street in the capital of the Flemish Region, the Jewish man, who spoke to JTA on condition of anonymity, said Monday. He said the…

  • Belarus congregation approved construction atop former Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — Authorities in Belarus defended a court’s authorization of controversial construction atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery. The Belarus foreign ministry on Sunday said the local Jewish community of Gomel in southeastern Belarus approved of the plan because it is impossible to pinpoint where the bones are buried, in defense against criticism…

  • Polish Jewish cemetery destroyed by contractors’ illegal digging

    (JTA) — Building contractors in Poland destroyed a Jewish cemetery approximately one year after it was entered into a local registry of protected sites. The old Jewish cemetery in Maszewo, a city located near Poland’s border with Germany, was completely destroyed in digging performed illegally earlier this month, the Polsat news website reported Thursday. Wojciech Janda,…