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  • In wake of Russia’s planned Syria withdrawal, Putin and Netanyahu to hold security meeting

    (JTA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet soon in Moscow to discuss regional security and trade. At a joint news conference Wednesday with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin before their meeting in Moscow, Putin announced his plans for the Netanyahu meeting, the Times of Israel reported. Israeli officials confirmed that a…

  • Palestinian teacher with anti-violence curriculum wins $1M prize

    (JTA) — A Palestinian teacher raised in a West Bank refugee camp was named Global Teacher of the Year and awarded a prize of $1 million for her work bringing dialogue and peaceful resolution practices to students who have been exposed to violence. Hanan Al Hroub, who received the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize at…

  • Anne Frank-signed children’s book to be auctioned

    (JTA) — A children’s book in which Anne Frank signed her name is going on the auction block in New York valued at $20,000 to $30,000. A “well-worn” copy of Grimm’s fairy tales owned by the Jewish teen diarist who died in the Holocaust will be auctioned May 5 through Swann Auction Galleries, Agence France…

  • FBI, Rockland DA raid yeshivas’ tech companies for potential fraud

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Federal and Rockland County agents raided tech companies in the New York county in a fraud investigation involving haredi Orthodox yeshivas. On Wednesday, FBI agents and investigators from the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office searched numerous firms in Monsey and Airmont to seize records in a probe looking into whether the…

  • Kibbutznik discovers rare Roman-era gold coin in Galilee

    (JTA) — An Israeli woman discovered a rare Roman gold coin over 2,000 years old while hiking at an archaeological site in northern Israel. Laurie Rimon, who lives on Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Galilee, spotted the coin in the grass while visiting an eastern Galilee site, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement on…

  • Iran calls $10 billion ruling over 9/11 ‘ridiculous’

    (JTA) — Iran said a U.S. court ruling last week ordering it to pay more than $10 billion for its alleged role in the 9/11 attacks is “ridiculous.” “This judgement is so ridiculous … more than ever before it damages the credibility of the U.S. judicial system,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said,…

  • Jewish trans woman named senior White House LGBT liaison

    (JTA) — Less than a year after becoming the first openly transgender person to serve in the White House, a Jewish woman been promoted to serve as its senior liaison to the LGBT community. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a Honduras native who was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, by Jewish parents, will serve as the White House’s “lead point…

  • Putin announces Russian military withdrawal from Syria

    (JTA) — In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a military withdrawal from Syria. Saying its intervention, launched in 2015, has mostly achieved its goals, Putin said Monday the pullout of most of Russia’s forces will begin Tuesday, according to Reuters. READ: Israel not optimistic about Syrian cease-fire Russia will keep its…

  • PA rejects Israeli offer to keep IDF out of Ramallah, Jericho

    (JTA) — In recent secret Israeli-Palestinian talks first reported in Haaretz, the Palestinian Authority turned down an Israeli offer to stop military operations in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jericho, saying the proposal did not go far enough. According to the Times of Israel, Israeli negotiators in late February offered to do a…

  • ‘Kind of modern Orthodox’ mom joins ‘Real Housewives of New York’ cast

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The newest cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York” reality show is a woman who identifies as both Japanese and Jewish and describes her family as “kind of modern Orthodox.” According to the the New York Post, Julianne “Jules” Wainstein, 35, joins the Bravo series about the lives of uber-wealthy…