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  • Abbas welcomes Latin American Jewish Congress plan to host post-Ramadan meal for Palestinians and Jews

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed an initiative by the Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress to organize a joint Ramadan break-fast meal with the Jewish and Palestinian Muslim communities in Buenos Aires. Abbas expressed his agreement in a letter to Claudio Epelman, the executive director of the group’s…

  • A trove of Nazi-era objects in Argentina stuns investigators

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A cache of 75 original Nazi objects discovered earlier this month by the Argentine Federal Police has been evaluated as “unprecedented” and “the biggest” discovery of its type. The objects, discovered earlier this month in a hidden room of a house in the northern part of the city, included equipment…

  • Pope Francis names two rabbis to Pontifical Academy of Life in historic first

    (JTA) — Pope Francis appointed two rabbis — from Israel and Argentina — to the Pontifical Academy of Life, the first time rabbis have been invited to be members. The pope named 45 new ordinary members and five honorary members to the advisory body of the academy, the Vatican announced last week. Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, who…

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is guest at Israeli Consulate’s Ramadan event

    (JTA) — Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons were among the guests at an event at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Consul General Sam Grundwerg hosted the event, organized Thursday night’s event with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding at the consulate’s new headquarters….

  • Rabbis at influential NY synagogue to officiate at intermarriages

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbis at B’nai Jeshurun, an influential nondenominational synagogue in New York City, will officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples who commit to creating Jewish homes and raising Jewish children. The new policy, which was announced at the synagogue’s annual meeting Thursday night, is intended to welcome the participation of interfaith families…

  • Al Erlick, longtime editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, is dead at 88

    (JTA) — Al Erlick, who retired as editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent in 1994 after 24 years with the newspaper, died May 24. He was 88. His death was announced by the Exponent. Erlick had been living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Barbara. As editor of one of the oldest and among the…

  • Bereaved families help celebrate wedding of Renana Meir, daughter of terror victim

    (JTA) — Renana Meir, who witnessed the murder of her mother, Dafna, in January 2016 in a terror attack in their home, was married in a ceremony near Jerusalem on Sunday. Her father, Natan Meir, remarried just weeks ago. Dafna Meir, 38, a mother of four and foster mother of two young children, was stabbed to death at the…

  • Bernie Sanders ally trying a second time to unseat Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    (JTA) — A law professor and Bernie Sanders backer will try again to unseat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s safely Democratic 23rd Congressional District. Tim Canova announced Thursday that he will launch a primary challenge to Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee. Last August, Wasserman Schultz defeated Canova, 57-43 percent, in the primary despite…

  • David Grossman’s translator donates half of Man Booker Prize money to Israeli rights group

    (JTA) — The translator of David Grossman’s 2017 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel, “A Horse Walks into a Bar,” donated half her winnings to a human rights watchdog group. Jessica Cohen, who split the prize of 50,000 British pounds (approximately $64,000) with the celebrated Israeli novelist, gave half of her portion to B’Tselem, a Jerusalem-based organization…

  • David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize

    (JTA) — Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. His novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” was announced as the winner Thursday by Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 judging panel, at a dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Grossman, 63, is the author of more than 17 books of…