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  • Jewish dad takes out full-page newspaper ad seeking wife for middle-aged son

    It sounds like the premise of a romantic comedy: A Jewish dad eager to see his middle-aged son settle down takes out a full-page newspaper ad on his behalf titled “Looking For A Wife.” Last Saturday, real-life Jewish dad Arthur Brooks took that unusual step — without the permission of knowledge of his son, Baron Brooks….

  • Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, on eve of Genesis award, slams Trump

    (JTA) — Itzhak Perlman spoke out against Donald Trump a day before the Israeli-American virtuoso violinist is to receive a $1 million prize dubbed the “Jewish Nobel.” In an interview with The Associated Press published Wednesday, Perlman said he is still upset at Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, for mocking a disabled reporter last…

  • Police escort for Israeli billionaire reportedly was part of NY Jewish businessmen’s bribery scheme

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York police allegedly shut down a lane of the Lincoln Tunnel to escort Russian-Israeli billionaire philanthropist Lev Leviev, one of many favors allegedly provided to Jewish businessman Jeremy Reichberg and a partner in exchange for bribes. Leviev — the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia and chairman…

  • 4 Palestinians get life sentences in murder of Israeli Jewish couple in front of their kids

    (JTA) — Four Palestinians were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Jewish Israeli husband and wife in the West Bank. On Wednesday, the four members of a Hamas cell that killed Naama and Rabbi Eitam Henkin in front of their four young children last October were sentenced in military court in the…

  • ‘Dig’ producer sues insurer, saying 2014 Hamas rockets were terrorism, not war

    (JTA) — USA Network’s owner is suing the company’s insurer for refusing to cover expenses after filming of the series “Dig” in Israel was interrupted by Hamas rocket attacks. The Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company is denying a $6.9 million claim because it defines the 2014 rocket attacks as war, not terrorism, the Hollywood Reporter reported Monday….

  • Mikvah-peeping rabbi Barry Freundel’s attorney appeals prison sentence

    (JTA) — An attorney for Rabbi Barry Freundel argued in a Washington, D.C., appeals court that the rabbi’s prison term for secretly videotaping women in his synagogue’s mikvah was too long. The attorney argued Tuesday that the 6 1/2-year sentence handed down last year was illegal, The Associated Press reported. Freundel, a once-prominent modern Orthodox rabbi in…

  • Zev Brenner, host of ‘premier’ Jewish radio show, sentenced for tax evasion

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The host of a New York radio show that bills itself as “America’s premier Jewish program” was sentenced to one year of probation and a $2,500 fine for not filing taxes. Zev Brenner, the founder, president and executive producer of the 30-year-old Talkline Communications Network, as well as host of the program “Talkline…

  • Albert Klass, co-founder of NY’s Jewish Press, dies at 105

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Albert Klass, who founded the Jewish Press, long an influential publication in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community, has died at 105. Klass died Friday at his home in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the Orthodox news site Voz Is Neias reported. The Brooklyn native and his brother Rabbi Sholom Klass founded the weekly…

  • Hebrew U jumps to No. 17 in ranking of top Asian universities

    (JTA) — The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked No. 17 in a new ranking of Asian universities — the highest-rated Israeli university on the list. The university’s placement in the 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings released Monday represented an eight-spot jump from the previous year. The Hebrew University also was the highest-rated university in…

  • Jeep model that killed ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin had been recalled

    (JTA) — The vehicle that killed Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin was in the process of being recalled for a problem that may have led to his fatal accident. Yelchin, 27, who starred in the new “Star Trek” movies reboot, was found dead at his home in Studio City, California, on Sunday after being crushed by his…