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  • 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…

  • 20 countries sign Argentine letter against terrorism as anniversary of ’94 Jewish center bombing nears

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Representatives of 20 countries joined Argentine lawmakers in signing a statement decrying global terrorism ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing. The French Embassy in Buenos Aires and the Argentine Jewish political umbrella DAIA organized the meeting Tuesday of the countries’ representatives to take…

  • Jonathan Woocher, leading Jewish educational theorist, dies at 70

    (JTA) — Jonathan Woocher, who helped shaped American Jewish educational priorities as the longtime head of the Jewish Educational Service of North America and later as founding president and senior fellow of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, has died. Woocher, who lived in South Orange, New Jersey, died Friday at age 70. The cause…

  • London’s Muslim mayor calls for complete ban on Hezbollah

    (JTA) — London’s Muslim mayor wants Great Britain to make support for all factions of Hezbollah illegal. Sadiq Khan said in a statement Thursday that he plans to write to the Home secretary and request that she outlaw support for the political wing of Hezbollah, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Support for the terrorist wing of the…

  • New DNA identified in AMIA Jewish center bombing points to suicide attack

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A new set of DNA has been identified among the 85 fatalities in the AMIA Jewish center attack in Buenos Aires, strengthening the hypothesis that the 1994 attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The discovery was announced Monday by the AMIA Special Investigation Unit of the General Prosecution…

  • 65 percent of Latin American Jewish leaders found to fear terrorism

    (JTA) — Sixty-five percent of Latin American Jewish leaders fear their community could suffer a terrorist attack, a new survey found. That figure is 90 percent among Jewish leaders in Argentina, where large numbers of Jews have been killed in two terrorist attacks: in 1992 on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and injured 242;…

  • Lakewood rabbis warn community that welfare fraud is ‘not justified’

    (JTA) — The Orthodox rabbinical council in Lakewood, New Jersey, responded to the arrest of community members on charges of welfare fraud by declaring “[t]here is no such thing as ‘justified’ theft.” The statement, issued Thursday by Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg in the name of the Lakewood Vaad, follows the arrests of at least seven couples in…