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  • 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…

  • NYPD chief chaplain, an 80-year-old rabbi, attacked in Manhattan

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The 80-year-old rabbi who serves as the New York Police Department’s chief chaplain was assaulted and suffered minor injuries while exercising on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rabbi Alvin Kass was power walking on Riverside Drive at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday when someone came from behind and shoved him to the ground,…

  • Jewish businessman, 3 NY cops arrested in ongoing federal corruption probe

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Brooklyn Jewish businessman Jeremy Reichberg and three high-ranking New York police officers have been arrested in a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation involving New York City officials and potential improprieties in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political fundraising campaigns. Two of the officers arrested Monday are alleged to have accepted tens of thousands…

  • NY lawmakers approve more oversight, funding for Orthodox-controlled school district

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York’s state legislature approved a bill that would provide greater oversight of an Orthodox-controlled school district along with $3 million in aid. The bill concerning the embattled and financially troubled East Ramapo School District in New York’s Rockland County, passed both houses of the legislature Thursday and will now go to Gov. Andrew…