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  • Fake anti-Israel New York Times distributed in Manhattan

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Activists distributed thousands of fake and anti-Israel versions of The New York Times in Manhattan and promoted an online version via social media. The fake New York Times — which included such fictitious articles as “IDF Generals Blame Israeli Government for Recent Violence” and “Congress to Debate U.S. Aid to Israel…

  • Report: Madoff disappointed his family doesn’t visit in prison

    (JTA) — Bernard Madoff, the Ponzi schemer whose story is the subject of a TV miniseries airing this week, is “doing as well as can be expected,” according to his lawyer. Ira Sorkin, who represented Madoff when he pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding investors of tens of billions of dollars, said the 77-year-old — who…

  • Kossar’s, Lower East Side bialy mecca, to reopen with broadened menu

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A Lower East side Jewish food landmark is reopening with an augmented menu after closing five months ago for $500,000 worth of renovations. The 80-year-old Kossar’s Bialys on Grand Street, one of the few places to continuously sell the bialy — the bagel’s lesser-known cousin — is reopening on Friday with a modified…

  • Bernie Sanders’ ancestral town in Poland kvells over his Iowa performance

    (JTA) — Residents of the Polish town where Bernie Sanders’ father was born are watching the Jewish candidate’s presidential run with pride. Many citizens of Slopnice, in southern Poland, viewed the results of the Democratic caucus in Iowa with interest on Tuesday, according to Agence France Press, the day after Sanders narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton….

  • Israeli official claims country has fewest fire fatalities in world

    (JTA) — Despite some high-profile cases of arson in the past year, Israel is the world’s safest country when it comes to fire-related deaths, its fire commissioner said. In remarks to a Knesset committee Tuesday, Israeli Fire and Rescue Services Commissioner Shahar Ayalon reported that the number of fire fatalities has been steadily declining since…

  • Maine group established to preserve, restore local Jewish cemeteries

    (JTA) — A nonprofit group has been established to preserve and restore Jewish cemeteries in southern Maine. The Southern Maine Jewish Cemetery Association has taken ownership of two historic Portland cemeteries that have fallen into disrepair and have toppled headstones, the Forecaster, a newspaper in Falmouth, Maine, reported. READ: Lacking long-term plans, many U.S. Jewish cemeteries…

  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg surpasses Koch brothers, now world’s 6th wealthiest person

    (JTA) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the richest Jewish person in the world, has become the sixth-wealthiest overall. Zuckerberg, 31, has a net worth of $47.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, slightly ahead of the Koch brothers’ fortune valued at $45.9 billion, Bloomberg Business reported last week. He moved past the Kochs when…

  • Israel’s environmental protection minister pledges ‘drastic’ measures on Haifa pollution

    (JTA) — Responding to a new University of Haifa study indicating that pollution from nearby factories may be causing birth defects in the Haifa area, Israel’s environmental protection minister pledged to take “drastic” measures. On Monday, Avi Gabai convened an emergency meeting with Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and said that if additional studies confirm the…

  • Lower East Side icon Russ & Daughters expanding to Brooklyn

    NEW YORK (JTA) — An iconic family-owned Jewish appetizing shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is opening a second retail location, in Brooklyn. Russ & Daughters, which has sold smoked fish and other Ashkenazi favorites from a small Houston Street shop since 1920, is opening a 14,000-square-feet store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Bedford…

  • Palestinian envoy pushes for new UN efforts, ‘collective approach’

    (JTA) — Palestinian officials said they want to “keep the hope alive and keep the two-state solution alive” through new efforts at the United Nations. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, said Friday, “We will not accept that the year 2016 is a year when we cannot do anything,” Agence France Press reported. Mansour…