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  • NASCAR’s first Israeli driver is an unlikely success story

    (JTA) — Israeli race car driver Alon Day’s rise to the highest ranks of NASCAR has been an unexpected one for a variety of reasons. Here’s one of them: The 25-year-old has done the bulk of his training on computer-screen simulators. That’s because Israel didn’t have a motor sport race track until this year. On…

  • A new website aims to bring Jew-ish millennial women together

    (JTA) — If you’re a young Jewish woman — or if you just happen to love “Broad City” or wacky recollections of Jewish summer camp — there’s a new website for you. Alma, which was launched Tuesday by 70 Faces Media (JTA’s parent company), aims to be a resource for millennial women navigating the often fun,…

  • Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea, dies

    (JTA) — Otto Warmbier, an American student who was held in North Korea for over 17 months and returned home comatose to Ohio last week, has died. He was 22. “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” Warmbier’s family told ABC News on Monday. “Surrounded…

  • Heads of national US teachers’ unions slam Israel’s proposed ban on political opinions in classrooms

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The heads of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors jointly condemned a proposal by Israel’s education minister that would bar the expression of political views in classrooms. “The ‘code of ethics’ that the government of Israel is considering for the country’s academic institutions is a threat…

  • Gal Gadot’s husband went viral on Instagram because of this T-shirt

    (JTA) — You can’t blame Gal Gadot’s husband for feeling a little protective or anxious these days. His wife, the star of the “Wonder Woman” film, is rapidly becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Yaron Versano, a 38-year-old Israeli real estate developer who has been with Gadot for over 10 years, posted a photo of…

  • Paul Shaffer’s post-Letterman act: Touring with The World’s Most Dangerous Band

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis Mayfield single and a plaque presented by the State of Israel to Sammy Davis Jr….

  • Bob Dylan may have plagiarized SparkNotes for his Nobel Prize lecture

    (JTA) — Bob Dylan has invented quotes by Abraham Lincoln and he’s borrowed phrases from other poets in his songs. But cribbing from SparkNotes, the online equivalent of CliffsNotes? In writing his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the legendary singer-songwriter may have leaned heavily upon the guides that are well used by students cramming for tests….

  • Rex Tillerson: Palestinian Authority to stop paying terrorists’ families

    (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told senators that the Palestinian Authority will stop paying the families of terrorists who have attacked or killed Israelis. “We have been very clear with them that this is simply not acceptable to us,” Tillerson said Tuesday on Capitol Hill at a meeting of the Senate Foreign…

  • Radiohead’s Thom Yorke slammed by pro-Palestinian groups over band’s Israel concert

    (JTA) — Pro-Palestinian groups have hit back at Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, who has called criticism of his band’s upcoming concert in Israel “patronizing” and “upsetting.” Dozens of high-profile artists had signed a letter sent to Radiohead in February urging the band to cancel its July performance in Tel Aviv. Earlier this month, Yorke said…

  • French-German TV channel under fire for canceling anti-Semitism documentary

    (JTA) — The French-German channel Arte is facing criticism for deciding not to broadcast a documentary called “Chosen and Excluded — Jew Hatred in Europe.” Arte’s head of programming Alain le Diberder wrote a letter to the Central Council of Jews in Germany on Thursday defending the network’s decision, according to Deutsche Welle. Diberder said that the…