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  • UK golf ‘full’ of anti-Semitism, Jewish ex-BBC chair claims

    (JTA) — A British media mogul who headed the BBC has accused the United Kingdom’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him in the 1980s because he is Jewish. Michael Grade, 73, who served as BBC chairman from 2004 to 2006, told the UK’s Telegraph that he learned to “steer clear of…

  • Israeli Foreign Ministry failing in fight against BDS, report says

    (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry is badly mismanaging the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, according to a state comptroller’s report. In a report released Tuesday, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira criticized the ministry for its lack of strategy and funds, according to the Times of Israel. In particular, the report blasted the ministry…

  • Netanyahu scolds new Knesset member for visiting Temple Mount just before swearing-in

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scolded Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick for paying a visit to the disputed holy site hours before being sworn in as a Knesset member. READ: New stage for Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick: The Knesset  Glick, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, visited the Jerusalem site — which is…

  • New JCC day camp replaces German beer hall

    It may well be the first Jewish day camp to be located on the site of a German beer garden. The JCC in Manhattan’s Camp Settoga, slated to open in late June, is replacing Platzl Brauhaus (“Little Beer House”), a German restaurant with 20 acres of picnic grounds known for its lively Oktoberfest celebrations. The JCC…

  • Genesis Prize Foundation billionaire co-founder will leave his money to charity, none to 4 kids

    (JTA) — Russian-Jewish billionaire Mikhail Fridman has announced plans to leave his entire fortune to charity,  not leaving a single kopek for his children. Fridman, Russia’s second richest man, according to Forbes magazine, said Friday that he believed his children would be better off without his money, the Times of Israel reported, citing a translation…

  • Netanyahu tells Knesset he’s prepared to take ‘brave steps’ for peace

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state as long as it is demilitarized and recognizes Israel as a Jewish state. In a speech to the Knesset Monday, Netanyahu said he is prepared to take “brave steps” to achieve peace with the Palestinians, despite his skepticism about…

  • Father convicted in 2014 murder of his 2 American-Israeli children

    (JTA) — An Israeli man was convicted of murder for slashing the throats of his two American-Israeli children two years ago. Avi Levy was convicted Monday in Lod District Court despite his plea of temporary insanity, the Times of Israel reported. Levy was silent throughout his trial in the killings of Yishai, 12, and Naomi, 10, refusing…

  • Rockland County Reform temple goes on auction block

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A 51-year-old Reform temple in New York’s Rockland County — an area whose liberal Jewish population has plummeted in recent decades as its haredi Orthodox community has rapidly grown — is closing its doors. READ: In Rockland County, non-Orthodox try to create alternative to Hasidic dominance Temple Beth El will in…

  • Arab states reportedly waiting for Netanyahu’s response on restarting peace talks

    (JTA) — Several Arab countries are reportedly waiting for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to respond to an invitation to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Citing a Friday Channel 10 report, The Times of Israel said the Arab states have said they are open to discussing changes to Saudi Arabia’s 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, using it as…

  • Prominent Israeli TV journalist: Not sure I want my kids to stay here

    (JTA) — A prominent Israeli military correspondent said on live TV that he was no longer certain he wants his children to stay in Israel. Speaking on Channel 2’s popular Friday night news program, veteran journalist Roni Daniel said, according to The Times of Israel: “After this week, I’m not sure I want my children to remain…