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    (JTA) — Israeli-born restaurateur Michael Solomonov was named ou ding chef — the top award in the profession — at the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards. The awards were presented Monday in Chicago. Solomonov, whose Philadelphia restaurant fiefdom includes Zahav, Federal Donuts and Abe Fisher, is often credited…

  • New Jersey rabbi, a youth group director, charged with sexual assault of 12-year-old boy

    (JTA) — A Jewish teacher and youth group director is being held in central New Jersey for the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy. Rabbi Menachem Chinn was arrested April 18 and charged with assaulting the boy at the teacher’s home in Marlboro in 2012. A judge ordered that Chinn remain in custody following an April…

  • British student union votes out president who backed boycotts, ridiculed Zionists

    (JTA) — A Muslim activist who supports boycotting Israel and Palestinian resistance to the Jewish state has lost in her bid to be re-elected as president of the United Kingdom’s National Union of Students. Jewish groups welcomed news that Malia Bouattia, who once described Birmingham University as a “Zionist outpost,” lost Wednesday to Shakira Martin, who received…

  • France detains 10 in probe of weapons used in 2015 Hyper Cacher killings

    (JTA) — French police have detained 10 people in the investigation of the deadly 2015 attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, sources close to the probe told Agence France Presse on Wednesday. The suspects include a suspected arms trafficker, Claude Hermant. Investigators are seeking to ascertain how the assailant, France-based jihadist Amedy Coulibaly, obtained the…

  • Latin American Jewish Congress elects Argentine businessman as new president

    (JTA) — The Latin American Jewish Congress elected Argentine businessman Adrian Werthein as president. Werthein was elected Sunday at the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary Assembly in New York City to succeed Jack Terpins, who has led the organization since 2001 and became its first honorary president. An adviser to Terpins, Werthein is the first Argentine to head the Latin American…

  • ADL offers to hold Holocaust awareness training for White House staff

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League is offering to hold Holocaust-awareness training for White House staff after administration spokesman Sean Spicer was pilloried for saying Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons. In a letter to Spicer shared with the media on Thursday, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said his organization “would be happy to conduct…

  • Rabbi Saul Leeman, who marched with Martin Luther King to Montgomery, is dead at 100

    (JTA) — Rabbi Saul Leeman, a longtime leader of Conservative congregations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and a civil rights activist who took part in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, has died at 100. Leeman, who served the Cranston Jewish Center on Rhode Island and later Temple Shalom in Medford, Massachusetts, died…

  • Ruderman Family Foundation expands its disability work beyond the Jewish world

    (JTA) — Until recently, the Ruderman Family Foundation helped pioneer an issue within the Jewish community — key word “within.” While donating locally to Jewish causes from its base in Boston, it also fostered disability inclusion among Jewish and Israeli institutions. It ran a Jewish Special Needs Funding Conference and offered grants and prizes to Jewish institutions that made themselves more…

  • Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8. Bald and squat, Rickles…

  • Holocaust survivor, 91, celebrates her bat mitzvah in Buenos Aires

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Eugenia Unger, who usually displays the number tattooed on her arm by the Nazis, covered it with her Shabbat clothes and her tallit as she celebrated her bat mitzvah eight decades late. Unger, 91, a Poland native who survived the Majdanek and Auschwitz concentration camps and often talks about her experiences at the…