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  • Trump transition team reportedly checking possible locations for Jerusalem embassy

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump is already checking possible locations in Jerusalem for the U.S. Embassy, according to an Israeli news channel. Channel 2 reported Monday night that officials from Israel’s Foreign Ministry had begun looking into possible sites on behalf of the Trump team. The news came hours after…

  • A new, for-profit brand aims to engage a younger generation with Jewish life

    A young entrepreneur is seeking to engage people in Jewish life. But to achieve her means, she’s implementing a unique strategy — or unique within the Jewish world, anyway: a for-profit business model. Arq, a media company and lifestyle brand launching Tuesday, is designed for people — not just Jews — to connect with Jewish life and…

  • One Jew, One Vote: Valey Shargorodsky, 54

    Every weekday through Election Day, JTA is posting a brief profile of one Jewish voter. Name: Valey Shargorodsky Age: 54 Lives: Boca Raton, Florida Works: Software engineer Voting for: Hillary Clinton “I was born in Ukraine and I spent the first half of my life in the former Soviet Union, where you could only vote for a single candidate. I…

  • This Israeli animation firm wants all US citizens to vote

    Pop quiz: What’s happening on Tuesday, Nov. 8, across the United States? If you answered “Election Day,” then mazel tov. But it’s not enough to just mark the day in your calendar — you’ve got to actually get off your tuchas and cast your ballot. And White Animation, a Tel Aviv-based studio that specializes in…

  • Tefillin booth again fuels faith of Jewish Cubs fans

    If at first you don’t succeed — wrap, wrap again. Chabad Rabbi David Kotlarsky, who offers Chicago Cubs fans the opportunity to don tefillin at a booth outside of Wrigley Field, was at it again this year, as Wrigley hosted its first three World Series games in 71 years. Kotlarsky, co-director of Chabad of East Lakeview…

  • Six Day War volunteers to gather in Jerusalem, WZO announces 

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The World Zionist Organization will host a gathering in Jerusalem of volunteers who went to help Israel during the Six Day War in 1967. The event marking the 50th anniversary of the war was announced late last week by Avraham Duvdevani, chairman of the WZO. The motto of the event to be…

  • Israeli player announces Pope Francis’ 2nd Soccer for Peace match

        BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israeli soccer player Eran Zahavi headlined the video announcing Pope Francis’ second Soccer for Peace exhibition match. The match is scheduled for Oct. 12 in Rome. Zahavi recorded the video when he was part of the Maccabi Tel Aviv club; he now plays for Guangzhou RF in China. His message…

  • Yeshiva U search committee to propose ex-NYC pulpit rabbi as president

    (JTA) — Rabbi Ari Berman has emerged as the search committee’s top candidate to be the next president of Yeshiva University, a source familiar with the process told JTA. A product of both Y.U.’s college and its affiliated rabbinical seminary, Berman served for 14 years as a rabbi at The Jewish Center, a prominent modern Orthodox congregation on…

  • Israel offers security help as Argentina absorbs Syrian refugees

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Israeli parliamentarians said they are prepared to help Argentina with security issues as it prepares absorb some 3,000 Syrian refugees. “We understand the Argentinean desire to help with the global humanitarian crisis, but it is very important that terrorists don’t use this as a way to enter Argentina,” Israeli lawmaker Haim…

  • Nisman files to aid new probe of Iran’s role in AMIA bombing

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A federal judge in Argentina agreed to transfer the case file of the late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to another judge who is presiding over a new investigation into the alleged Argentine government plan to whitewash Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center. Judge Daniel…