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  • World basketball body lifts ban on yarmulkes, hijabs

    (JTA) — Basketball’s international governing body will allow players to wear yarmulkes, hijabs and other religious headgear beginning Oct. 1. The new rule, announced Thursday in a statement by the International Basketball Association, or FIBA, will have the largest impact on women from majority Muslim countries who sought to wear the hijab in international competition….

  • Jewish leaders pay tribute to Prince Phillip on his retirement

    (JTA) — Jewish leaders in Great Britain paid tribute to Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who announced that he will retire from public engagements after August. Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that the 95-year-old Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had the “full support of the Queen” in stepping back after some 70 years of hosting…

  • Rabbi Benny Elon, former Knesset member and champion of settlement movement, is dead at 62

    (JTA) — Rabbi Benny Elon, who served as the head of a number of religious Zionist yeshivas in Israel and was a Knesset member from 1996 to 2009, has died. Elon died Friday at 62; the cause was cancer, Arutz Sheva reported. A member of the right-wing Moledet and National Union parties, Elon was removed from the Cabinet…

  • Orthodox magazine quotes Gorka saying ‘he’s not being asked to step down’

    (JTA) — White House counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka told a reporter for a haredi Orthodox magazine that he met with President Donald Trump and “got assurances he’s not being asked to step down.” The quote comes from a tweet, since deleted, by the haredi publication Ami, whose reporter Jake Turx spoke Tuesday with Gorka on…

  • Idra Novey wins $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Idra Novey, author of the novel “Ways to Disappear,” won the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Novey takes home $100,000 for winning the prize, which was announced Wednesday by the Jewish Book Council at a ceremony at The Jewish Museum in New York. Her book explores a translator’s search…

  • Israel-born chef Michael Solomonov wins James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef

    (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…