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  • Jewish players surprise at Canada’s Rogers Cup tennis tourney

    (JTA) — Argentine Diego Schwartzman advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal two days after upsetting Austrian Dominic Thiem, who is currently ranked number seven in the world. After beating Thiem 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 on Tuesday, Schwartzman beat American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Thursday. Schwartzman’s win over Thiem was…

  • Argentinian-Israeli doctor honored in Buenos Aires for treating Syrian war victims

    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — An Argentinean-Israeli doctor was honored at the Buenos Aires city parliament as an “outstanding personality in the human rights field” for assisting victims of the Syrian civil war. Dr. Alejandro Roisentul, who has lived in Israel for the last 28 years, received the kudos on Tuesday for his part in bringing…

  • Rabbi Rachel Cowan, diagnosed with brain cancer, has a message for Congress

    (JTA) — Rabbi Rachel Cowan is no stranger to helping others who are ill or caring for sick loved ones. In 1990 she was one of the co-founders of the Jewish Healing Center, a pioneer in a Jewish healing movement that provides spiritual resources and wisdom to help people deal with the suffering that surrounds…

  • Trump attacks Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Twitter as a liar, baby and con artist

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump interrupted his working vacation in New Jersey to renew his attacks on Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., calling him “a phony Vietnam con artist” on Twitter. Trump wrote a series of tweets Monday, apparently responding to Blumenthal’s appearance on CNN that morning in which the Jewish senator voiced support for the…

  • Irish writer says he deserved to be fired for anti-Semitic column

    (JTA) — The Irish journalist fired for writing what critics called an anti-Semitic newspaper column apologized and acknowledged that he deserved to be sacked. But Kevin Myers said in an interview with an Irish radio station Friday that he was not anti-Semitic. “It was stupid of me, the encapsulation of such a complex issue in…

  • Netanyahu says corruption probe is a ‘witch hunt’

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office rejected accusations of corruption contained in a court document accidentally revealed to the public. On Thursday, a document submitted by the police to the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court revealed that police are investigating Netanyahu on suspicion of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The court then imposed…

  • Controversial British activist says top Jewish group tried to shut down her one-woman show

    (JTA) — An activist suspended by Britain’s Labour Party for, among other things, saying Jews led the slave trade has accused the country’s top Jewish governing body of trying to shut down her one-woman show. Jackie Walker, whose show “The Lynching” is to open Friday night as part of the Edinburgh Festival, accused the Board…

  • Jeff Brotman, Costco founder, is dead at 74

    (JTA) — Jeff Brotman, who co-founded the members-only retail giant Costco and was the chairman of its board of directors, died at his home outside Seattle. Costco Wholesale Corp. said Brotman died early Tuesday at 74. The cause of death was not immediately known. Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Brotman formed Costco in 1982 with partner James Sinegal….

  • An Israeli R2D2?

    It’s as simple as ABC. Robotic technology has made a significant impact in fields from health care to agriculture and service industries, improving speed, quality and cost. Thanks to a major initiative in robotics research coming out of Israel, the technology is only getting better. Robots will soon be endowed with “intelligent” behavior, inspired by…

  • Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to US Holocaust museum

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals. The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An…