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  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to step down

    (JTA) — Howard Schultz, who as CEO of Starbucks built the coffee company into a global empire, is stepping down as its chief executive, the company said. Schultz, 63, will become the company’s executive chairman, and its current president and chief operating officer, Kevin Johnson, will become CEO, NBC News reported Thursday based on a…

  • Ethel Rosenberg’s sons urge Obama to posthumously exonerate spy mother

    (JTA) – The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg urged President Barack Obama to exonerate their mother more than six decades after her execution. Michael and Robert Meeropol were turned away from the White House on Thursday when they came to deliver a letter to the president referencing what they say is new evidence in…

  • IDF chief rabbi sworn in after apologizing over statements on rape in wartime

    (JTA) – Eyal Karim, the rabbi whose appointment as the chief chaplain of the Israeli army was suspended over his remarks seeming to justify rape during wartime, was sworn in to the position. Karim’s appointment as the chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces follows a Supreme Court review of his suitability last month. The…

  • After fires, heavy rainfall brings flooding to central Israel

    (JTA) — Heavy rainfall in Israel’s north and center ended dry weather conditions that had helped spread fires throughout the country, but flooded several residential homes in low areas. The downpour Thursday, the first this winter, caused the Yarkon River to overflow, flooding the Mekorot Hayarkon Park near Rosh Hain some 15 miles east of…

  • Why Jews in France might give right-wing populist Francois Fillon a chance

    (JTA) — If the French right-wing politician Francois Fillon is elected president next year, it won’t be for his skills at promoting interfaith dialogue. The secularist candidate widely favored to win the election in May managed to enrage many Jews, Muslims and even Catholics with a single explosive statement he made last week during a…

  • In Holland, a Jewish journalist belatedly honored for unmasking a ‘monster’

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Forty years after his reporting exposed one of the worst war criminals in Dutch history, Hans Knoop is still celebrated in his native Netherlands as a hero. On Nov. 23, more than a million television viewers watched a public broadcaster’s historical period drama on how Knoop, a Dutch Jewish journalist, unmasked the art…

  • Why Brazilian Jews celebrate historic UN vote on Israel with prime beef and a ton of garlic

    (JTA) — Brazilian Jews rarely require excuses for combining their love for a good party with their other great passion: red meat. Weddings, bar mitzvahs, britot — even funerals — all serve as perfectly legitimate pretexts for throwing churrascos, the Portuguese-language word for barbecues featuring morsels served rodizio-style: Meat that is sliced for each diner…

  • Skaters wearing Holocaust costumes perform on Russian television, spark outrage

    (JTA) – A Russian state-owned television channel aired a figure-skating performance featuring dancers wearing uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates. Actor Andrey Burkovsky and Tatiana Navka, a professional figure skater and wife of a senior Kremlin spokesman, wore striped pajamas with yellow Star of David patches while dancing to a song by an Israeli…

  • As wildfires rage across Israel, firefighting efforts diverted from Haifa to Jerusalem

    (JTA) — An Israeli village west of Jerusalem was evacuated due to fires raging on its margins, as some firefighting efforts were being diverted from Israel’s north to its center. The flames nearing the village of Nataf were among three fires reported in the Jerusalem area Friday — the fourth day in which emergency services were battling…

  • Dutch publisher’s contract with Hezbollah fan causes authors walkout

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch publishing house that was founded by anti-Nazi fighters lost some of its best-known authors following its contract with a Hezbollah supporter who has accused Israel of genocide. Leon de Winter, a Dutch-Jewish writer who is one of the Netherlands’ best-known novelists, said he joined the walkout by three other writers…