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  • Prominent Connecticut rabbi charged with sexual assault of a former student

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A prominent Connecticut rabbi was charged in the alleged sexual assault of a minor two months after he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of $20 million relating to the same allegations. Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77,  the founding rabbi of the Yeshiva of New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday…

  • Auschwitz museum announces first traveling exhibit of artifacts

    (JTA) — The museum at Auschwitz announced the first traveling exhibit about the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, featuring more than 600 original artifacts. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland announced the exhibit in a news release Wednesday, saying it will visit 14 cities in Europe and North America, beginning with Madrid at the end…

  • Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel calls ADL report on the right a ‘hit list’

    (JTA) — Josh Mandel, the Ohio state treasurer seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. senator, defended his criticism of the Anti-Defamation League and accused it of assembling a “hit list” of figures on the right. “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors and as a Marine who defended our freedom, Treasurer Mandel believes the ADL is dead…

  • Shuttered Bronx synagogue becomes a dumping ground

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Neighbors of a shuttered synagogue in the Bronx want its apparent owners to clean up the trash that is accumulating on its property. Congregation Hope of Israel on Walton Avenue in the lower Grand Concourse neighborhood — once the hub of a vibrant Jewish community in the New York City borough…

  • Faith groups reject Trump’s ‘baseless’ voter fraud commission

    (JTA) — A coalition of faith organizations, more than half of them Jewish, issued a statement objecting to a presidential commission investigating what the 24 signatories called “baseless claims” of widespread voter fraud. In the letter sent Thursday to members of Congress, the coalition urged lawmakers not to fund the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity…

  • 5,000 remember victims of Buenos Aires Jewish center bombing on its 23rd anniversary

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The death of Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor in the AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, will forever be linked to the attack, the center’s president told thousands at a gathering marking the bombing’s 23rd anniversary. “We know the truth about the AMIA massacre due to the investigation by…

  • Bill Goldman, 38, historian, philanthropist and Levi Strauss heir, killed in plane crash

    (JTA) — William (Bill) Sachs Goldman, the scion of a prominent family of Jewish philanthropists in San Francisco and himself a board member of the New Israel Fund, died in a crash of his private plane. Goldman, 38, was piloting the single-engine craft when it crashed shortly after takeoff Thursday from an airport in Sonoma, California….

  • Jon Stewart crashes Jimmy Kimmel’s interview with a bar mitzvah boy

    (JTA) — Will Rubin of Media, Penn., is a major Jimmy Kimmel fan. So major, in fact, that the theme of his recent bar mitzvah party was “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Kimmel, naturally, invited Rubin onto the show to talk about his big day — but, in a hilarious move, former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart…

  • Canada reverses ban on labeling West Bank products as ‘Made in Israel’

    (JTA) — Canadian authorities withdrew a guideline that prevented goods produced in the West Bank from being labeled “Made in Israel.” In a statement released Thursday, the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency said that two wines that had fallen under the labeling ban did in fact “adhere” to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement and could…

  • 5 Jewish cultural festivals to rock your summer

    (JTA) — Summer is in full swing, but it is not too late to catch the action at various Jewish cultural festivals around the world. Yidstock, a celebration of klezmer and new Yiddish music, starts on Thursday in Amherst, Massachusetts. Yiddish Summer Weimar, in Weimar, Germany and nearby Erfurt, kicks off Saturday and will feature almost…