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  • Orthodox woman is new dean of University of Chicago Divinity School

    (JTA) — The University of Chicago Divinity School begins the school year with an Orthodox Jewish woman as its new dean. Laurie Zoloth, 67, a bioethicist and a scholar of religion and Judaic studies, became the school’s dean in July. Zoloth previously served on the faculty at Northwestern University, holding appointments in the department of…

  • ’18 Youth Olympic Games to use Jewish group’s anti-racism program

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) —  The 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will feature a Jewish group’s program battling racism and xenophobia in sports. The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Eleven Points Against Racism in Football program works with sports authorities, athletes and referees to stop and prevent racial hatred in athletic events and to use sports…

  • El Al will fly again between Israel and Argentina, decades after the flight that carried Eichmann

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The national air carries of Argentina and Israeli signed an agreement to begin flights between Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv. Aerolineas Argentinas President Mario Dell’Acqua and an El Al vice president met Friday at the Argentine Embassy in Tel Aviv to sign the final agreement. The flights will begin next month. They…

  • 11 former White House Jewish liaisons: Trump doesn’t understand anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — As Jewish liaisons to four different presidents, we had the responsibility inside the White House to give voice to the perspectives and priorities of the American Jewish community. While our community may not be unified in matters of policy and politics, our spiritual practice, cultural traditions and history have instilled in American Jews…

  • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump reportedly urged dad to moderate Charlottesville stance

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law, tried and failed to convince her father to moderate his comments on the white supremacist rally and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed sources, the Times reported Tuesday that the couple, vacationing in…

  • March for Racial Justice, scheduled for Yom Kippur, seeks ways to include Jews

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The March for Racial Justice, scheduled for Yom Kippur, is looking to adjust its schedule to accommodate Jewish marchers. The date of the march will not be changed, but related events may be held on that Saturday night or the next day. In a statement Wednesday, organizers of the civil rights…

  • Alex Jones says Jewish actors posed as KKK followers in Charlottesville

    (JTA) — Radio host, conspiracy theorist and Donald Trump supporter Alex Jones — who earlier this year ranted about a “Jewish mafia” run by billionaire George Soros — was at it again Sunday with a theory that “leftist Jews” may have impersonated Nazis to discredit white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Speaking on “The Alex…

  • World’s oldest man, a Holocaust survivor in Israel, dies at 113

    (JTA) — Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor from Haifa who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, has died, a month before his 114th birthday. Haaretz reported that Kristal died Friday. Born on Sept. 15, 1903, in the town of Zarnow, Poland, Kristal moved to Lodz in 1920 to…

  • Israeli-Canadian teen beats Rafael Nadal at Montreal tennis tournament

    (JTA) — Israeli-born teenager Denis Shapovalov upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal to advance to the quarterfinals of Montreal’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament. Shapovalov, 18, is a Canadian who was born in Tel Aviv to parents who had immigrated from the former Soviet Union. He beat Nadal, the world’s number two-ranked player, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on…

  • CNN fires Trump advocate Jeffrey Lord for ‘Sieg Heil!’ tweet

    (JTA) — CNN severed ties with a prominent Donald Trump defender after he tweeted the words “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist. CNN announced Thursday that Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan administration staffer who often appeared on the network to defend the administration, was no longer with the network. “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN…