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  • Holocaust, aliyah made Dutch Jewry too small to sustain its institutions, community boss says

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The effects of the Holocaust in the Netherlands and Jewish emigration have made Dutch Jewry’s communal institutions unsustainable, a key figure of that community said. Michel Waterman, the director of the Crescas institute for Jewish culture, made the unusual statement during an interview published Tuesday in Het Parool daily ahead of his…

  • Palestinian with Israeli roots wins Jordan’s first Olympic medal

    (JTA) — Jordan won its first-ever Olympic medal — a gold — thanks to the performance of a Palestinian taekwondo fighter whose family left Israel 20 years ago. Ahmad Abughaush, a Jordan native, received a congratulatory call from King Abdullah II for his victory Thursday in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to celebrations in the…

  • 4 killed in Nablus fighting between Palestinian officers, terror suspects

    (JTA) – Four people were killed in Nablus in clashes between Palestinian security forces and terror suspects. The violence began Thursday night when two members of the Palestinian security forces were killed and two more were injured, the Palestinian news agency Maan reported. The report did not say who shot them or under what circumstances….

  • Tel Aviv-Jerusalem fast train on track for 2018, Cabinet minister promises

    (JTA) — Following many delays and budget breaches, transportation officials in Israel said they are on track for launching a fast train connection between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in early 2018. The fast connection project, which was launched more than 10 years ago and has cost more than double its initial budget of $800 million,…

  • 2 Brooklyn Jews sentenced to community service for assaulting gay black man

    (JTA) – Two Orthodox Jews who beat up a gay black man in New York were sentenced to 150 hours of community service. Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler, who admitted to participating in the December 2013 beating, were sentenced Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported. The…

  • Physician with Jewish roots at center of Russia’s Olympic doping scandal

    (JTA) — A Russian physician of Jewish descent who for decades has been illegally doping athletes is one of the central figures in the scandal that led to the partial ban on Russia in the Rio Olympics, The New York Times reported. The report Saturday on Dr. Sergei Portugalov was based in part on a…

  • Once a prop for anti-Semites, the Talmud makes a comeback in Russia

    (JTA) — A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with — and eventually acquitted of – murdering a Christian boy. The prosecution in that 1915 trial, which was decried internationally for its resemblance to medieval blood libels,…

  • European Day of Jewish Culture to have record 35 countries participating

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Thirty years after its initiation, the European Day of Jewish Culture will have a record number of countries participating. Azerbaijan for the first time will be a participant in the intergovernmental project on Sept. 4 highlighting Europe’s Jewish heritage. From the Azeri capital of Baku to Belem in Portugal, hundreds of cities…

  • ‘Fun day’ marking 1991 Crown Heights riots irks slain Jewish student’s family

    (JTA) — The family of the Jewish student killed in the 1991 Crown Heights riots condemned as “shameful” a street festival jointly planned by black and Jewish leaders to commemorate that racial unrest in Brooklyn. Norman Rosenbaum, whose brother Yankel was killed by attackers on Aug. 20, 1991, used the term in a statement sent…

  • Jared Kushner once broke up with Ivanka Trump over ‘religion issue’

    (JTA) — Prior to Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism in 2010, she and her then-boyfriend Jared Kushner broke up briefly over their religious differences before marrying a year later, The New Yorker reported. Kushner and Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, split in 2008, prompting a common friend, Wendi Deng Murdoch —…