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  • French baby named after Toulouse murderer of 4 Jews

    (JTA) — Prosecutors in the city of Nice in southern France were ordered to find legal ways to change the name of a baby whose parents named their son for the killer of four Jews in Toulouse in 2012. Unable to contest on legal grounds the parents’ choice of giving the boy the first name…

  • Israeli army conscription rate drops 3.5% since 2010

    (JTA) — The rate of enlistment into the Israel Defense Forces has dropped by 3.5 percent over the past five years, army sources said. In 2016, the IDF saw the conscription of 72 percent of people who are initially listed as duty bound to serve in the military, Army Radio reported Wednesday. Among the 28…

  • Ruth Gruber, journalist who helped Holocaust survivors, dies at 105

    (JTA) — Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105. Gruber died Thursday in her Manhattan home, The Washington Post reported. She was known for her 1944 journey from Italy to New York aboard a ship carrying refugees from concentration camps. Despite…

  • Jon Stewart warns liberals not to stereotype Trump voters

    (JTA) — Jon Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show,” warned against stereotyping Donald Trump voters, which he said was unfair and hypocritical. Stewart, who last year quit the Comedy Central show after 16 years, offered his first commentary on the results of the U.S. election last week in an interview aired Thursday on…

  • Jewish billionaire Henry Kravis reportedly being considered for Treasury secretary

    (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump reportedly is considering appointing the Jewish billionaire Henry Kravis as his Treasury secretary. Trump spoke to Kravis, a private equity pioneer, following his Nov. 8 victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the New York Post reported Thursday. An unnamed source told the Post that Trump had reached out to Kravis, 72,…

  • In post-coup Turkey, Jews plan their future abroad

    ISTANBUL (JTA) — At a chic café overlooking the Bosphorus, two Turkish Jewish women are discussing their plans to emigrate when the call to Friday prayers blasts from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque. Unable to talk over the deafening singing that fills the café in the Bebek neighborhood of western Istanbul, the women turn…

  • Young Jewish international volunteers gather in Switzerland

    (JTA) — Some 160 young Jews from 37 countries gathered in the Swiss city of Basel for the first global summit of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps, a volunteer-based group affiliated with the World Jewish Congress. Organizers of this week’s summit for the young Jewish public diplomacy activists said it was meant to enhance the international coordination…

  • Top Parisian chef hits back at BDS activists over trip to Israel festival

    (JTA) – A top Parisian chef targeted by promoters of a boycott against Israel for his plans to visit the Jewish state hit back against his critics, whom he accused of dishonesty and discrimination. Stéphane Jégo has leveled the accusations in correspondence on social media with activists for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against…

  • French embassy reinstates worker accused of saying ‘Hitler didn’t finish the job’

    (JTA) – France’s embassy in Tunisia readmitted an employee who was suspended briefly over anti-Semitic messages that appeared on his Facebook account that he claims was hacked. Selim Dakhlaoui, a consulting agent for the embassy, was “reintegrated and resumed his responsibilities within the embassy,” a French Foreign Ministry spokesperson told JTA on Wednesday, pending an…

  • Moscow chief rabbi: Trump ‘good news’ for US ties with Russia, Israel

    (JTA) — The chief rabbi of Moscow said he expects U.S. relations with Russia and Israel to improve under President-elect Donald Trump. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, who is also the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, made the projection Tuesday during an interview in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, which for the first time was…