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  • New Jersey men sentenced for firebombing synagogues, rabbi’s home

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Two New Jersey men convicted in the firebombing of North Jersey synagogues in 2011 and 2012 were each sentenced to 35 years in prison. Anthony Graziano and Aakash Dalal were charged on a 30-count indictment in 2013 with arson and bias-related incidents that occurred from December 2011 to January 2012 in…

  • Disney lieutenant and chief ‘Imagineer’ Marty Sklar dies at 83

    (JTA) — Marty Sklar, who served 54 years as an “Imagineer” for the Walt Disney Co. and led the creative team behind the company’s theme parks, attractions and resorts, has died. The company announced his death in Los Angeles Thursday night. He was 83. Sklar served as principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, turning…

  • Turkish reporter says he made up Jared Kushner quote praising Erdogan

    (JTA) — A Turkish reporter admitted that he fabricated a quote by Jared Kushner in which President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser reportedly said Turkish President Recep Erdogan “is making Turkey great again like [the] U.S. We watch his efforts with appreciation.” Yavuz Atalay, a reporter for the newspaper AKSAM, told The Daily Caller Thursday that…

  • Vandals topple headstones at historic Boston-area Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — Vandals toppled six headstones at one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Massachusetts. Police responded Thursday morning to reports of what appeared to be three teenage boys seen kicking over tombstones at the Netherlands Cemetery in Melrose, Mayor Robert Dolan reported on his blog. “I am deeply saddened and outraged by this vandalism…

  • Muslim rioters, Israeli police clash after government lifts security measures

    (JTA) — Muslim rioters threw rocks at police officers near Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate, breaking the relative calm of a day that followed 10 days of unrest over security at the Temple Mount. Police fired stun grenades into the hostile crowds, Ynet reported Friday, as Israel deployed a huge security force to keep the peace and…

  • Chicago federation aims grants at reducing violent crime epidemic

    (JTA) — Chicago’s Jewish federation is giving $425,000 in grants to help reduce a cycle of violence gripping the city. Awarded through the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the grants will support the work of Sinai Health System ($175,000), the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago ($150,000) and the United Way Neighborhood Network Initiative ($100,000), the Jewish…

  • Prominent Connecticut rabbi charged with sexual assault of a former student

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A prominent Connecticut rabbi was charged in the alleged sexual assault of a minor two months after he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of $20 million relating to the same allegations. Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77,  the founding rabbi of the Yeshiva of New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday…

  • Auschwitz museum announces first traveling exhibit of artifacts

    (JTA) — The museum at Auschwitz announced the first traveling exhibit about the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, featuring more than 600 original artifacts. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland announced the exhibit in a news release Wednesday, saying it will visit 14 cities in Europe and North America, beginning with Madrid at the end…

  • Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel calls ADL report on the right a ‘hit list’

    (JTA) — Josh Mandel, the Ohio state treasurer seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. senator, defended his criticism of the Anti-Defamation League and accused it of assembling a “hit list” of figures on the right. “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors and as a Marine who defended our freedom, Treasurer Mandel believes the ADL is dead…

  • Shuttered Bronx synagogue becomes a dumping ground

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Neighbors of a shuttered synagogue in the Bronx want its apparent owners to clean up the trash that is accumulating on its property. Congregation Hope of Israel on Walton Avenue in the lower Grand Concourse neighborhood — once the hub of a vibrant Jewish community in the New York City borough…